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Dean’s Picks: AU Finishes Strong in Solar Decathlon, Students Cover Government Shutdown

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AU Finishes Strong in Solar Decathlon

Team Capitol DC’s final standings and the home they created to heal.


 


AU Expands Online Learning

New master’s degree program in strategic communication set to launch in January 2014.


 


Need a Website? You got It!

SOC sat down with Caroline Weaver to discuss her work and how the online Digital Media program was a necessary complement to her current skill set.


 

IN THE NEWS

Video Game Fan Anxious to Find a Family
WRC-NBC4’s Wednesday’s Child featured persuasive gaming professor Lindsay Grace interacting with Matthew, a 15 year old foster child and fellow gaming fan. The segment focused on Grace teaching Matthew about how video games are made. The Wednesday’s Child program aims to give foster children a chance to learn more about activities they enjoy, and share their story with the public in the hopes of finding them a loving family to call their own. Read more

Katy Perry Comes Under Fire for Using Critters in Her Videos
The New York Daily News spoke with Chris Palmer, distinguished film producer in residence, about the problems with pop star Katy Perry’s use of elephants in her music videos and private parties. Read more

Government Shutdown Continues
Communication professor Leonard Steinhorn spoke to WTTG-FOX5 about what both political parties really want to accomplish during the government shutdown. Read more

Netflix Wins Emmys, Faces Threats from Netflix, Fox-Comcast
Communication professor Andrew Lih appeared on PBS Online’s Media Twits webcast about the struggle that traditional cable networks are facing in the wake of Netflix’s success. Read more


STUDENT SUCCESS

Breaking Down the Shutdown – SOC's Public Affairs & Journalism master’s students cover the government shutdown. Learn more

MA in Media Entrepreneurship welcomes its second cohort. Meet the students. Learn more

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Dean's Intern Panel Discussion & Reception
October 16 –2:00 p.m., MGC 4 Learn more

Human Rights Film Series
Gideon’s Army screening
October 17 – 5:30 p.m., Katzen Arts Center Learn more

Environmental Film Series
Classroom in the Wild: Film Screening and Q&A
October 29 – 7:00 p.m., Wechsler Theater Learn more

Faculty Forum: The Myth of Digital Democracy
October 29 – 2:35 p.m., Media Production Center Learn more

 

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Dean’s Picks: Faculty & Student Success

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There's more to Smokey Bear Than You Realized

Professor Wendy Melillo shines a light on iconic American ad campaigns.


 


Comedy Creates Change at Social Good Summit

SOC’s Caty Borum Chattoo Exec-Produces “Stand Up Planet,” Documentary & Transmedia Series Featured at UN Week’s Social Good Summit.


 


Student and Alum Work on Set of ‘House of Cards’

The non-speaking role one landed and how the other became a regular stand-in.

 


 

IN THE NEWS

Creators of Smokey Bear, McGruff Explored in New Book
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reviewed communication professor Wendy Melillo’s book, How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America: A History of Iconic Ad Council Campaigns, which discusses how and why these campaigns helped shaped the American public’s attitude towards issues of littering, forest fires, and nuclear power. Read more

Snowden Makes Us a Part of the Story
With Editor and Publisher, journalism professor Richard Benedetto discussed social media’s influence on mainstream media news coverage. Read more

UPCOMING EVENTS

Human Rights Film Series
DIRTY WARS screening
October 3 – 5:30 p.m., Katzen Arts Center Learn more

Environmental Film Series
“Natural History Extreme Makeover with Animal Planet"
October 8 – 7:00 p.m., Wechsler Theater Learn more

Faculty Forum: Investigative Reporting Workshop
October 9 – 2:00 p.m., Media Production Center Learn more

Dean's Intern Panel Discussion & Reception
October 16 –2:00 p.m., MGC 4

 

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Dean’s Picks: SOC Students Seize the Moment

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AU Students Seize the Moment

SOC reporting and online production students cover the anniversary of the March on Washington.


 


New Faculty Bring Wide-Ranging Expertise

Eight new SOC faculty members bring knowledge and experience from an array of subject areas.


 


The Roots of an Environmental Philanthropist

Family values inspire AU professor Chris Palmer’s new scholarship.

 



 

IN THE NEWS

Tension Between Media and Political Candidates
Communication professor Jane Hall appeared on MSNBC’s Up with Steve Kornacki to discuss the relationship between the press and social media networks and how the relationship is changing the political process. Read more

Oakland Police Release Sketch of Slaying Suspect
Journalism professor John Watson talked to San Francisco Chronicle about how police sketches are not always accurate representations of how suspects appear. Read more

SOC Expertise
AU professors continued to analyze the events as they unfolded in Syria, Moscow and in the United States. Communication professor Leonard Steinhorn spoke to U.S. News & World Report. Read more

Teaching Journalism Abroad Means Challenging the Status Quo
In an op-ed for PBS Mediashift online, communication professor Rick Rockwell wrote about the need to change his approach to teaching journalism abroad, as it is much different from teaching journalism in the United States. Read more

Why It’s Time to Stop Romanticizing & Begin Measuring Investigative Journalism’s Impact
Poynter online summarized a recent white paper by Charles Lewis, executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Worshop, which assesses the problems of measuring impact journalism and proposes the starting outlines of best practices. Read more

Rebranding Climate Change as a Public Health Issue

Communication professor Matthew Nisbet spoke to Time Magazine online about his research that shows people respond more emotionally to the issue of global warming when it is framed as a public health issue rather than an environmental or national security issue. Read more


UPCOMING EVENTS

Environmental Film Series
“Substance versus Sex Appeal”
September 17 – 7:00 p.m., Wechsler Theater Learn more

Book Talk on "Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America" with authors John Nichols and Robert McChesney
September 18 – 1:15 p.m., Media Production Center Learn more

Faculty Forum: Investigative Reporting Workshop
October 9 – 2:00 p.m., Media Production Center Learn more


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