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Eric Abbott Has Banner Month
Eric Abbott, director of graduate education, has garnered several school, college and national awards and other distinctions honoring his research, service and teaching.
Abbott received the LAS International Faculty award, presented April 1, 2008, at the LAS annual international dinner. One award is presented each year to a faculty member in the college who has achieved excellence in international activities. (He previously received the University’s Wilton Park Award in 1998. This is the highest award the university presents for international work).
He also became the second recipient of the Greenlee School Lou Thompson/Harry Heath advising award, presented Friday, April 11.
Abbott will receive the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) International Award of Excellence, which will be presented June 11, 2008, at the annual ACE convention. The award is given to members who have exhibited excellence in international communication activities. As chair of the International Special Interest Group for five years, Abbott helped create the organization’s first international affiliate group in Russia, and organized an ACE Summit meeting in Russia attended by 40 participants, including five present and past presidents of the organization. (Greenlee School emeritus professor Bob Kern was one of them.)
He and Lulu Rodriguez co-authored the Top Faculty Research Paper to be presented June 10, 2008, at the ACE annual meeting in Traverse City, Michigan. The paper’s title is “Genetically Modified Crops in Developing Countries: A Meta-Analysis of Mass Media Coverage, Public Knowledge and Attitudes.”
Abbott will present a session June 12 at the ACE conference entitled “Globalizing university research, teaching and extension: Success stories and opportunities.” This will focus on his work done here at Iowa State under a grant from the Council on International Programs and the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods. This year, he taught portions of courses in three colleges here at ISU that challenge students to engage with international development technologies and issues.
On April 20, he was the keynote speaker at the centennial celebration of the Life Sciences Communication Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison. The department’s newly dedicated building, Hiram Smith Hall, was dedicated as a part of the event. My speech was entitled: “History of Agricultural Journalism.” Abbott has an M.S. degree in Agricultural Journalism from the department, and a Ph.D. in Mass Communications offered jointly by the department and the J-School at Wisconsin.
Jeff Blevins’ most recent publication Brown, D. H., & Blevins, J. L., Can the FCC still ignore the public? Interviews with two commissioners who listened--is scheduled to appear in the November 2008 issue Television & New Media. However, an "Online First" version of the manuscript is already available through the Sage Publishing website at http://tvn.sagepub.com/pap.dtl.
An earlier publication this year Blevins, J. L., & Anton, F. (2008). Muted Voices in the Legislative Process: The Role of Scholarship in US Congressional Efforts to Protect Children from Online Pornography. New Media & Society, Vol. 10, No. 1 (pp. 115-137)--is also available in a new online venue at http://www.forum.newmediaandsociety.com/. The site is primarily a discussion forum, where readers and authors of journal contributions can exchange comments and debate issues relating to their studies.
As for service contributions, Blevins is serving as a paper reviewer for two divisions this year for the upcoming AEJMC conference in Chicago--the Cultural & Critical Studies Division, and the Scholastic Journalism Division.
He also is listed on the AEJMC Law & Policy Division's newly created Speakers Bureau, which is an online database of division members who are available for media interviews and other public service activities based on their individual areas of expertise in communication policy and law. The database is available at http://www.aejmc.net/law/bureau.php. He writes, “I also have a profile on the Social Science Research Council's Media Research Hub ( http://mediaresearchhub.ssrc.org), which is a similar resource for rrsearchers, activists and practitioners.”
Lastly, on April 20th he was recognized along with other faculty mentors at the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program 5th Annual Research Symposium. Throughout the past academic year Blevins has been mentoring Karla Martinez Silverio on her research project, "Minority Broadcast Ownership: A Civil Rights Perspective."
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Michael Bugeja reports the following:
David Bulla reports that he has published one article, with another accepted:
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Assistant professor Dennis Chamberlin reports that the year is ending on a positive note for student photographers in the Greenlee School. Last month the photo staff at The Daily won eight (out of 12 possible) SPJ Region 7 Mark of Excellence awards.
The final standings for the Hearst Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition were announced earlier this month and the point total from our entries this year places Iowa State University in the top ten rankings. Entries by Ross LaDue and Dan McClanahan were recognized earlier in the year with awards and these points were enough to put our school in ninth place out of 108 programs that are accredited.
McClanahan was also recently recognized by http://oxygen.ie/page/1443 , Ireland’s major collegiate web site, as the Collegiate Photographer of the Year for 2008. Dan was at University College in Cork last semester as part of the study abroad Regent’s Semester Abroad program.
The Poland Through a Lens study abroad course is up and running and Chamberlin will be leading a group of nine students to Poland in mid May for the four week multi-media workshop. All the work will be posted on the web and updates will be made throughout the month of travel. Follow the class at http://poland.jlmc.iastate.edu.
Graduate students in Chamberlin’s Imaging Iowa seminar are arranging the final details for the Biofuel Roundtable that they are organizing with scientists, ethicists, political and industry leaders to discuss the implications of the bio-economy for Iowans. This roundtable will take place on May 7 and recorded and placed on the informational website that the class is building. More information can be found at www.imagingiowa.org
Chamberlin also reports that his classes (JlMC 310 and 312x) recently participated in two successful video conferences with TIME Magazine photographer Chris Usher. Usher, speaking from his home in Washington D.C., has been recognized for his work dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He spoke about this project and answered a number of questions from students ranging from how he works in stressful and dangerous situations to what it is like to be part of the White House press corps.
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Daniela Dimitrova reports contributions in teaching, research and service:
Daniela Dimitrova has been selected by the University Honors Program to receive the Honors Mentoring Award for the 2007-08 academic year. Earlier this semester Daniela organized an international collaboration between her students in JLMC 476/576 and journalism students at Sofia University, Bulgaria. You can read more here: http://www.jlmc.iastate.edu/news/2008/spring/internationalcollaboration.shtml
Michael Bugeja and Dimitrova are working on two revise-and-resubmits for their half-life research project. Dimitrova also reports an upcoming publication:
Dimitrova, D. V., & Strömbäck, J. (2008). Foreign policy and the framing of the 2003 Iraq War in Sweden and the United States, Media, War and Conflict.
Dimitrova was invited to serve as session chair for the Journalism Studies division of ICA in Montreal.
Deb Gibson is pleased to announce the selection of the following Greenlee School students as the 2008-09 Meredith Apprentices:
Jenn, a Roland native, has just been named the second recipient of the $5,000 Hugh S. Sidey Scholarship in Print Journalism. She will travel to the White House this summer to receive her award. Jenn served a public relations internship for the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis earlier this semester, and has worked as a writer and reporter for the Iowa State Daily. She is majoring in journalism and mass communication, with an emphasis in international studies. Jenn is a musician and songwriter, and performs with two local Ames bands. She also has worked the past three years for Hickory Park Restaurant.
Zach currently serves as editor in chief for Trend, ISU's student fashion magazine. He also is a writer for Ethos magazine, was co-editor in chief of the 2008 ISU Dance Marathon magazine and has worked as a VEISHEA publicity coordinator. Zach mentors an elementary-aged boy through the Ames School District's GRIP program, and served in several positions for Delta Upsilon fraternity. Zach works for the ISU Admissions Office, calling prospective students and conducting campus tours for those students and their families. He grew up in Miami and suburban Chicago, and is majoring in journalism and mass communication.
Chelsea, a graduate of West Des Moines' Valley High School, currently works at Meredith's Midwest Living magazine. Last summer, she interned for Meredith's Creative Library, assisting in the conversion to the new digital assets cataloguing system. Chelsea is a stringer for Cosmo!Girl magazine and is managing editor of visual and online media for Ethos magazine. She has worked as a staff reporter for the Iowa State Daily, and is a member of two national honor societies. She is majoring in journalism and mass communication with a minor in English.
Karla, a native of Bettendorf, serves as editor in chief of Ethos magazine, which recently was named one of SPJ's top magazines. Karla carries a double major in journalism and mass communication and kinesiology, with an emphasis in community and public health. She recently returned from Tanzania, where she job shadowed young American medical professionals providing health and hygiene instruction to local villagers. This will be her second summer writing for her hometown newspaper, the Quad-City Times. She has worked for the Iowa State Daily as a health reporter and writer, volunteers for the Ames YWCA and has been recognized for having the highest grade point average in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Alicia is a junior majoring in journalism and communication, with an academic emphasis in design studies and apparel merchandising, design and production. She was born and raised in Blackduck, Minn., and currently freelances for Meredith's Kitchen Makeovers magazine. She also has freelanced for Publication Services Inc., based in Champaign, Ill., and has worked as a reporter and copy editor for the Iowa State Daily. For the past two years, Alicia has been an office assistant for the ISU Registrar staff, and this fall will begin working as an assistant to Dr. David Bulla.
Pat is a Davenport native majoring in art and design (graphic design) and minoring in journalism and mass communication. Currently he is design chief for the Iowa State Daily newspaper. Pat transferred to Iowa State last fall after studying for a year at Scott Community College. He served as editor in chief for both his community college newspaper and high school yearbook, the latter of which won national awards. Pat also works at Gap, Inc., and hopes someday to be on the staff of GQ magazine or Rolling Stone.
Katie grew up in suburban Minneapolis and carries a double major in journalism and mass communication, and art and design. She works for the ISU Admissions Office leading campus tours and assisting with Destination Iowa State for freshmen. She is the PR coordinator and designer for the 10,000 Hours Show and has been very involved in her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. Currently, Katie is a designer for Ethos magazine and a writer for the Iowa State Daily. She participates in the ISU Honors Program, and will spend her second summer as a counselor at Camp Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp in Minnesota.
Cayla carries a double major in journalism and mass communication, and family and consumer sciences. Her academic emphasis is electronic media studies with a minor in international studies. Cayla is a board operator for WOI Radio, a writer for ISU Extension and a part-time production assistant for KCAU-TV in Sioux City. She also has written for her hometown newspaper, the LeMars Daily Sentinel. Cayla currently serves as president of the Pi Phi sorority, and has held many positions within the sorority. She also has worked for the ISU Admissions Office as an orientation ambassador.
In other news, Deb's essay, "Dreams Really Do Come True," was featured in the current issue of VISIONS, ISU's alumni magazine, along with her commentary on several stories featured since the magazine's inception. Deb is founding editor of the magazine, which celebrates its 20th anniversary with this issue.
Lindsay Gilbert notes that First Amendment Day resulted in a good success for the Student Services Office. “We had more than 140 registrants for the Greenlee School's sixth annual First Amendment Day student outreach and recruitment event. Approximately 100 attended the march, 120 attended Goodman's lecture and the Feast on the First, and nearly 65 students attended the recruitment panel.”
Lindsay also was selected to serve on the College of Liberal Arts and Science's scholarship committee.
Beth Haag was nominated by one of her students within the Greek Community as an outstanding leader and teacher and recognized at a brunch by the Collegiate Panhellenic Council. Also, students from her PR and design classes went on a tour of ISU Printing Services with Lana Voga and Rob Louden to get a better understanding of the four-color printing process. Also hosted as guest speakers in her classes were Kate Bruns, ISU Alumni Association; John Myers, Paragon IT Professionals; Travis Graven, The Des Moines Register; Kaelin Zawilinski and Joanna Smith, Meredith Corporation; and Nathan Wright, Lava Row.
Suman Lee reports two publications:
Kim McDonough reports, “We had nearly 40 students attend the Jl MC 499 internship seminar on Monday night. We had originally planned on discussing about an hour of material, but it turned into almost two hours of conversation and questions about internships and Jl MC 499. Most students said they would be interested in attending more events like this in the future.”
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Jay Newell’s media saturation research included presenting "Consumer justifications for accepting cellphone advertising" at the American Academy of Advertising conference. Additionally, "All ads, all the time: Are we at a tipping point in advertising saturation?" was just published in the book, Issues in American Advertising. “I was also pleased to learn that my materials grant was renewed from the Prosper Foundation for access to a database of consumer media behavior,” he reports.
In teaching, Kim McDonough and Newell were awarded a Miller Faculty Fellowship for a project in which we will be connecting Greenlee students on internships with beginning students in the Advertising Principles class.
In service, Newell was interviewed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for an article on product placement, gave the keynote speech to the annual meeting of ISU extension agents, and consulted with a product placement company in San Francisco on their communications campaign.
Jane Peterson is judging papers for AEJMC August Convention in Science Communication interest group, Scholastic Division and Public Relations Division.
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John Thomas reports the following:
“Last week, Tuesday April 8th, gallery room, Memorial Union -- I presented then participated in a panel for CELT on teaching creativity. There were twenty attendees from across the university. A lively discussion, a lot of questions. There seems to be a serious interest on the part of CELT and others to bring more creative opportunities to our student population.”
Also, as part of First Amendment Day, Thomas assigned his creative class a sidewalk chalk project. “What I got was quite extraordinary,” he writes. “There were four groups, One group asked students to lay on the sidewalk and then outlined them. This stretched from Curtis to Beardshear, literally dozens of students got involved. Each participant filled in their own outline with (anything and everything). Another group made signs and created cartoon balloons for passersby to write in. The other two groups created large sidewalk chalk displays.”
Erin Wilgenbusch reports that our PRSSA chapter successfully completed its charter review. The guidelines are rigorous and require at least five courses in public relations supplemented by additional courses allied to this field of study. The review includes such areas of study as Introduction to Public Relations, Public Relations Writing and Production, Public Relations Research, Public Relations Strategy and Implementation (e.g. Case Problems, Campaigns Course); Supervised Public Relations Experience (Internship). Guidelines also entail membership and advising benchmarks, among other criteria.
Wilgenbusch also notes the new PRSSA leadership for the '08-'09 school year:
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