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COM Department Co-Chair Professor Dorria DiManno reports that the Department met on January 14 for a day-long retreat and workshop designing the COM Core Curriculum which will ensure continued success into the future.
Professor Rob MacDougall co-edited a special issue of the journal "Explorations in Media Ecology" in which he also authored an article entitled "The Ecological Approach of JJ Gibson" (Issue 12, Vols. 3+4, January, 2014).
Associate Professor Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA, has been appointed to the Public Relations Society of America's Board of Ethics and Professional Standards. In this role, Kirk will be working with his Board colleagues to provide advice, counsel and guidance to PRSA's 21,000 professional and 10,000 student members on issues relating to ethical considerations in public relations practice.
In addition, Kirk was asked by PRSA to provide his thoughts as a PR Industry Thought Leader for the Society's blog, "PRSAY," on what he sees as a major issue that the PR profession will have to cope with in 2014. This is the second consecutive year that Kirk has been tapped for comment.
Professor Alan Frank reports that the Radio Practicum (WMLN-FM) has had the highest total student enrollment in more than 20 years, with each semester (Fall '13 and Spring '14) having 80 students enrolled.
Associate Professor Jeff Lemberg is giving a presentation at the International Center for Academic Integrity's annual conference (Feb. 28-Mar. 2) in Jacksonville, FL. Jeff is a member of Curry's Undergraduate Academic Policy Committee, which has worked in recent years to strengthen the college's academic integrity policy and procedures. His presentation, in collaboration with Academic Success Coordinator Lynn Zlotkowski, is titled "Collecting the Data, Changing the Culture."
Jeff also says he will be presenting a working paper at the Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference at New York University on March 8. The paper features a discourse analysis of Brill's Content, a consumer magazine that covered the news and information industries from 1998 to 2001. Specifically, the paper examines how the magazine covered and framed the "Information Age"; Brill's claimed to be the "independent voice" of that age.
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