Communication Department News: Winter 2010
- Jim Danowski and colleagues Maria Victoria Duran, Ana Castillo and Juan
Luis Tato Jimenez, University of Extremadura, Spain (and visitors with us
this past Summer) just had their paper, titled, “Crisis and Semantic
Networks for Communication Components for Top and Bottom-Ranked Global
Corporations in Reputation” accepted for the International
Association for Mass Communication Research Annual Congress, Braga,
Portugal, 18-22 July 2010.
- Dayna Chatman’s paper, "Watching Race in a Post-Racial Era: A Critical
Exploration of Constructions of Blackness on HBO's True Blood," was accepted
to NCA in the African American Communication and Culture Division.
- Patricia Harkin participated in a roundtable discussion at the Conference on
College Composition and Communication in Louisville, KY, on March 19. The
roundtable celebrated the publication of What We Are Becoming: Developments
in Undergraduate Writing Majors (Utah State UP, 2010) to which Harkin and
Rebecca deWind Mattingly contributed a chapter entitled "A Major in
- Ms. Christina Zimmerman will be joining us as our new Assistant to the Head on March 15. Ms. Zimmerman holds
an MA in Communication from Northern Illinois University and a BA in Communication from Lewis University. She has
held several appointments as instructor, advisor, and program director with Clark University, Barry University, and
Miami Dade Colege, among other colleges and universities, with prior experience in communication, rhetoric, and
journalism. She also possess a strong background in public relations, development, and technology, and most recently
worked in developing e-learning initiatives and curricula.
- Effective May 17, Dr. Andrew Rojecki will be stepping down as Director of Graduate Studies, and
Dr. Kevin Barnhurst will be taking on the role of DGS for our MA and PhD programs. Dr. Rojecki has served as Director of
Graduate Studies for almost 10 years, during which we saw our MA program grow and our new PhD program come to fruition. Please
join me in thanking Dr. Rojecki for his invaluable contribution to our programs, and in welcoming Dr. Barnhurst to his new duties.
- Elaine Yuan's paper "Mobile Phones for Regulating Personal Networks in the Chinese Society", was accepted for presentation at
the 2010 International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies (IAICS) Convention to be held in Guangzhou, China on June 18-20, 2010.
- Jim Danowski, recently had five papers accepted in the International Network of Social Network Analysts, Sunbelt
meeting XXX in Riva Del Garda, Italy , June 29 to July 04, 1010. The paper titles follow:
The Twitter network boost: Social amplification and attenuation of discourse in microblogging (with Dawn Gilpin and Munan Xue)
Presidential Centrality, Alternative Models of News Sentiment Word Networks, and Job Approval: Comparison of a
Dictionary-Based Method to a New Network Method for Measuring Sentiment
Building and incremental erosion in the semantic network for the acid rain movement: 1977 to 2009
Automatic Identification of Persons for a Network Include List Based on Word-Network Similarity
Expression of sentiment by different node positions in email networks (with Ken Riopelle, Wayne State
University, and Amanda Bishop, Visteon Corp.)
- James Kyong Hyon Cho's paper titled "Religious Frames in Online Christian Magazines,” was
recently accepted for presentation at the 2010 Midwest AAR meeting at Augustana College (Rock Island, IL). 2.4.2010
- Wally Podrazik was quoted in Chicago Tribune today (1.29.2010) on Jay Leno making a comeback. Read
the story here.
- Kevin Barnhurst was recently invited to join the editorial board of Estudios de Comunicación
Política (Asociación de Comunicación Política). 1.25.2010
- Ishani Mukherjee, whose paper “The Masala of Globalism: Re-positing Place in the Films of Mira
Nair” has been accepted by the ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) 2010 Conference to
be held at New Orleans from April 1 -4. 1.25.2010
- Jim Danowski's paper ""Automatic Mapping of Social Networks: Time-Series Analysis of News Sentiment and Presidential
Job Approval" was accepted to the ICA 2010 conference. 1.21.2010
- Antara Das's paper "Facebook and Nonprofit Organizations: A Content Analysis" was accepted for presentation at
ICA 2010-Singapore. Also to Andrew Rojecki and Michael Schandorf's paper "Global Cities and the Illegal Immigration
Debate," was also accepted to the same conference. 1.21.2010
- Associate Professor Andrew Rojecki, was recently invited to join the editorial board of Critical Studies
in Media Communication. 1.11.2010
- Colloquia for Spring 2010.
January 27 - Brian Mustanski, Assistant Professor and Director, IMPACT
Program. Department of Psychiatry - "Internet-based sexual heath research
and promotion with youth."
February 24 - Mary Beth Watson Manheim, Associate Professor - Information &
Decision Sciences/UIC – title TBA.
March 15 - Mark Deuze, Associate Professor/Indiana U, and Professor/Leiden U
– "Media Life."
April 12 - Mark Kramer, Professor/Director-Harvard Cold War Studies Program
- "Why Journalists Talk Funny: the place of narrative journalism in the
changing world of news reporting."