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Health Communication Brownbag Presents: "Choosing a Career in Public Health"

Featured Guest: Melanie Williams, Branch Manager, Texas Cancer Registry, Cancer Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, Texas Department of State Health Services
When Oct 06, 2014
from 01:15 PM to 02:15 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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Bio

Melanie Williams, Ph.D., is the Manager of the Cancer Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, Texas Cancer Registry at the Texas Department of State Health Services. For the past fourteen years, Dr. Williams has served the Texas Cancer Registry in various capacities including Senior Epidemiologist and cancer cluster epidemiologist. Prior to the Texas Cancer Registry, she held positions in Health Care Quality and Standards and Vital Statistics. She actively serves on national cancer registry committees including the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries Education and Communication Committees, and co-chairs the Physician Reporting Workgroup.

Dr. Williams has Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Communication and Public Address, and Communication Studies from the University of North Texas, and a PhD from the University of Georgia where she specialized in health communication and statistical research methods.

She has co-authored a variety of publications, including the 2006 Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, and Cancer Incidence in US Hispanic/Latinos, the first and most comprehensive national reports on cancers in U.S. Latinos. Recent co-authored publications include “Muddy water? Variation in reporting receipt of breast cancer radiation therapy by population-based tumor registries” in the July 2013 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, and “All-Cancers Mortality Rates Approaching Diseases of the Heart Mortality Rates as Leading Cause of Death in Texas,” published in the January 2014 of the Southern Medical Journal.

She lives in Austin, Texas, and most enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and two cats.

Health Communication Brownbag Presents: "Twitter Conversations about Ebola"

Presented By: Donna Coffman, PhD, Research Association Professor, The Methodology Center, Penn State & Rachel Smith, PhD, Associate Professor, Communication Arts & Sciences, Penn State
When Oct 13, 2014
from 01:15 PM to 02:15 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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The McCourtney Institute for Democracy Roundtable Presents : "PlastiDuditude: Harry Shearer’s Democratic Voices"

Featured Guest: Rosa Eberly (Penn State CAS and ENGL)
When Oct 14, 2014
from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Where 131 Sparks
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Health Communication Brownbag Presents: "Exploring Thrombophilia Survivors’ Experiences and Emotions"

Presented By: Roxanne Parrott, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Department of Communication Arts & Sciences, Penn State
When Oct 20, 2014
from 01:15 PM to 02:15 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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CAPR Brownbag

Details TBD
When Oct 22, 2014
from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Where 302 Pond
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Brown Medal Award Ceremony

Presentation by Josh Lerner - Executive Director, Participatory Budgeting Project
When Oct 25, 2014
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where Nittany Lion Inn - Ballroom AB
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Health Communication Brownbag Presents: "The Collaborative Management of Information Problems in Hospitals"

Presented By: Alison Murphy, ABD, College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
When Oct 27, 2014
from 01:15 PM to 02:15 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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Public Debate: Hosting the Bristish National Debate Team

Hosted by: The Penn State Speech & Debate Society
When Oct 28, 2014
from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium
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The McCourtney Institute for Democracy Roundtable Presents : "The Challenge of Practicing Democracy in Small Groups"

Featured Guest: John Gastil (Communication Arts & Sciences and Political Science)
When Oct 30, 2014
from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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Health Communication Brownbag Presents: Health Communication Research Unplugged

What Brownbag Members Have Been up to This Semester; Readings on Angel
When Nov 03, 2014
from 01:15 PM to 02:15 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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The McCourtney Institute for Democracy Roundtable Presents : "Reflections on the 2014 elections"

Featured Guest: TBD
When Nov 05, 2014
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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The McCourtney Institute for Democracy Presents a Public Lecture: "School's Out: Higher Education, Polarization, and the Demise of the American Dream"

Presented By: Suzanne Mettler, Clinton Rossiter Professor of American Institutions in the Government Department, Cornell University
When Nov 06, 2014
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where 101 Thomas Building
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Abstract

When it comes to discussions about rising college costs, attention is often directed squarely at college and university leaders, but federal and state policymakers also play an enormous role in providing individuals with the ability to afford college. In recent decades policymakers have abdicated their responsibility for ensuring an affordable, accountable and high quality postsecondary system of higher education in the U.S., slowly dismantling a legacy in which earlier generations of lawmakers made higher education a pillar of the nation’s economic, social and civic foundation. How and why has this failure of public duty taken place? And what specific actions can Americans take to encourage a renewal of political leadership in stewarding American higher education?

Bio

Suzanne Mettler is the Clinton Rossiter Professor of American Institutions in the Government Department at Cornell University. She is the author of Degrees of Inequality: How Higher Education Politics Sabotaged the American Dream (Basic Books, 2014); The Submerged State: How Invisible Government Programs Undermine American Democracy (University of Chicago, 2011); Dividing Citizens: Gender and Federalism In New Deal Public Policy (Cornell, 1998), which was awarded the Kammerer Award of the American Political Science Association (APSA) for the best book on US national policy and the Martha Derthick Award for a book that has made an enduring contribution to the study of federalism; and Soldiers to Citizens: The G.I. Bill and the Making of the Greatest Generation (Oxford University Press, 2005), which was also awarded the Kammerer Award as well as the J. David Greenstone prize of the Politics and History section of the APSA.  Mettler has also published in the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Studies in American Political Development, and Journal of Health Policy, Politics, and Law, and in other scholarly journals and edited volumes, as well as op-eds in the New York Times and LA Times, and essays in The Washington Monthly and Salon. She serves on the national steering committee of the Scholars Strategy Network

Health Communication Brownbag Presents: "Exploring the Effects of Typicality in Narratives on Users’ Interpretations of Risk Messages"

Presented By: Jiangxue (Ashley) Han, ABD, College of Communications, Penn State
When Nov 10, 2014
from 01:15 PM to 02:15 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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The McCourtney Institute for Democracy Roundtable Presents : "The Rhetoric of ‘Philosophy’ in the Critique of ‘Democracy’ in Ancient Athens"

Featured Guest: Christopher Moore (Penn State Philosophy)
When Nov 11, 2014
from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Where 131 Sparks
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The Office for Research Protections Presents Research in Focus Series:“Trust in science and the roles that fear, guilt, and celebrity play in shaping public understanding: The case of Andrew Wakefield and Jenny McCarthy”

Presented By: Sharon Shriver - Assistant Director, Educational Programs, Office for Research Protections
When Nov 11, 2014
from 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM
Where 102 Kern Graduate Building
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*Pre-registration required at www.research.psu.edu/training

Health Communication Brownbag Presents: "Study 2: Smoking Decisions of Chinese Americans"

Presented By: Yu Lu, ABD, Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State
When Nov 17, 2014
from 01:15 PM to 02:15 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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CAPR Brownbag

Details TBD
When Nov 19, 2014
from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Where 302 Pond
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National Communication Association Annual Conference

When Nov 19, 2014 12:00 AM to
Nov 23, 2014 12:00 AM
Where Chicago, Illinois
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The Office for Research Protections Presents Scholarship and Research Ethics Brownbag Series: “The Challenge of Communicating Science to the Public Without Overstating Research Findings: Does Hype Win Out Over Substance?”

Presented By: Todd LaJeunesse - Associate Professor, Biology
When Nov 20, 2014
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 110 Henderson - Bennett Pierce Living Center
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Bring your lunch; cookies and drinks provided! No pre-registration necessary, but come early as seminars fill up quickly.

Health Communication Brownbag Presents: Summarizing, Looking Ahead and Planning for Next Semester

When Dec 01, 2014
from 01:15 PM to 02:15 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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