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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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Patient-care teams frequently encounter information problems during their daily activities. These information problems include wrong, outdated, conflicting, incomplete, or missing information. Information problems can negatively impact the patient-care workflow, lead to misunderstandings about patient information, and potentially lead to medical errors. Existing research focuses on understanding the cause of these information problems and the impact that they can have on the hospital’s workflow. However, there is limited research on how patient-care teams currently identify and manage information problems that they encounter during their work. Alison will discuss her qualitative study, which included observations and interviews in an emergency department (ED). The study identifies the types of information problems encountered by the ED staff, and examines how the ED staff identified and managed the information problems. Alison will also discuss the impact that these information problems can have on the patient-care teams, including the cascading effects of information problems on workflow and the ambiguous accountability for fixing information problems within collaborative teams.


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Alison Murphy is a PhD candidate and graduate research assistant in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at Penn State University working with Dr. Madhu Reddy. Her research interests include medical informatics, computer-supported cooperative work, and human-computer interaction. Currently, Alison is conducting her dissertation study of how hospital teams identify and manage information problems and is specifically interested in the role that collaboration and the design of health information technology (HIT) play in the identification and management of these information problems. Previously, Alison was an technology project manager for Johnson & Johnson supporting the pharmaceutical sector. Based on her experiences implementing large information systems and seeing first-hand the frustration that users had with these systems, she was motivated to join the IST PhD program to study HIT and investigate how to improve the design of systems for users in the healthcare domain.

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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Info Session: Summer Study Abroad 2015 Program in Vienna, Austria

Want to travel to Europe next summer and earn PSU-credits? How about studying abroad in Vienna, Austria, for four weeks (July 15-August 15, 2015) and earning six PSU-credits? Sounds good? Check out our new study-abroad program and join me for our first info session next Wednesday, October 29, from 6-8 pm at 202 Sparks: Two courses that translate into 6 PSU-credits will be offered in cooperation with the University of Vienna from July 15-August 15, 2015: CAS 271 Intercultural Communication and CAS 199/499 Foreign Studies: Communication in the European Union; Politics, Policies, and Practices. Our program offers a plethora of formal and informal opportunities to engage in dialogue with Austrians of a variety of backgrounds. The objective is to provide students with an immersive experience abroad to enhance self-reflection, flexibility, and sensitivity in intercultural communication settings that can be applied to both personal and professional environments. Please find program details right here: www.austriainaction2015.wordpress.com If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at iah2@psu.edu.
When Oct 29, 2014
from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where 202 Sparks Bldg.
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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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Colloquium Presents: "Theoretically Grounded Interventions that Engage Individuals and Communities"

When Oct 31, 2014
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 262 Willard
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The research program focuses on the ways that communication both affects and is affected by relationships and health. To provide a broad overview of areas of the program, the presentation focuses on research projects addressing three social problems: (1) health management in families, (2) stereotyping and technology (il)literacy, and (3) college student health. With regard to the first topic, information management is discussed, with a spotlight on communication influences in dyadic disease management discovered through a series of Actor Partner Interdependence Models. For the second topic, the development, implementation, and assessment is described of an Intergroup Communication Intervention, which partners college students and older adults for technology skills acquisition. Finally, the presentation discusses a new approach to engaging and empowering college students to develop theoretically grounded approaches to address social problems on college campuses.

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?

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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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The McCourtney Institute for Democracy Roundtable Presents : "Islamists as Counterpublics: Case of the Muslim Brotherhood in Post-Mubarak Egypt"

Featured Guest: Soumia Bardhan (Penn State Communication Arts and Sciences)
When Dec 04, 2014
from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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CAPR Brownbag

Details TBD
When Dec 10, 2014
from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Where 302 Pond
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Conference on Speech & Debate as Civic Education

Hosted By: The Department of Communication, Arts & Sciences and the Center for Democratic Deliberation with invited and competitively selected papers from leaders of the debate and forensics community from across the nation.
When Mar 05, 2015 03:30 PM to
Mar 07, 2015 05:00 PM
Where Nittany Lion Inn
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The conference will feature a keynote address by former debater and presidential speechwriter, Craig R. Smith, along with a luncheon address by another former debater and former dean of the School of Communication at Northwestern University, David Zarefsky.

All conference presentations and provided meals will be hosted at the Nittany Lion Inn, located on the University Park campus.

If you have any questions, please contact the conference planners at debate@psu.edu.

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CAS Annual Awards Ceremony

When Apr 17, 2015
from 03:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Nittany Lion Inn, Faculty Staff Club
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