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David Dzikowski, Ines Meyer-Hoess, and Amber Walker Jackson promoted to Senior Lecturer

Three of our CAS instructors, David Dzikowski, Ines Meyer-Hoess, and Amber Walker Jackson, have all been promoted to Senior Lecturer.

David Dzikowski teaches public speaking (CAS 100A and CAS 100C) and public address studies (CAS 475).  His research focuses on the history of rhetoric, presidential rhetoric, and the rhetoric of film, radio, television, and music.  These research interests advance and inform his teaching strategies through depth of content and breadth of examples in classroom lectures and activities.

Ines Meyer-Hoess is the lead faculty and organizer of the department's study abroad program in Vienna, Austria. An Austrian native, Ines came to the United States in 1998 to pursue a Master’s Degree in Communication at Boise State University after completing graduate school at the University of Vienna. Ines worked as a political consultant before attending the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C., where she focused on International Politics and International Communication. Ines became a CAS-faculty member in 2006 after teaching Marketing at Penn State's Smeal College of Business. What Ines finds most rewarding is the opportunity to connect with the many dedicated, hard-working Penn State students she works with on campus, online, and abroad.

Amber Walker Jackson teaches a variety of classes in the department, from communication and information technology (CAS 283) to several of the public speaking courses (100A, 100B, 100E) and studies family and relational communication. She is thrilled about the new title and about being able to continuing to teach classes she loves in this wonderful department.

Please join us in congratulating these three on their accomplishments! Bravo!

Dr. Rosa Eberly featured in the Austin American-Statesman

A wonderful editorial by our own Dr. Rosa Eberly was recently featured in the Austin American-Statesman. She speaks to the power of public places and shared memories--a real-world application of what she frequently teaches and discusses with her students here at Penn State.

Read the full article here!

http://www.mystatesman.com/…/eberly-consider-an-educ…/nqrkL/

Penn State Speech & Debate Society has impressive showing at state championships

 

Penn State Speech & Debate Society has impressive showing at state championships

 

February 25, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Speech & Debate Society made history at the annual Pennsylvania Forensic Association (PFA) Championship Tournament held Feb. 20-21 at Lafayette College.

Seckin Kara, a freshman science pre-major, won the state championship in impromptu speaking. According to PFA records, this is the first championship that Penn State has won in decades at the state tournament. Seckin was also a semifinalist in parliamentary debate and finished third in the after dinner speaking category.

Will Patton, a senior economics major, was a runner-up in persuasive speaking and qualified for the 142nd Interstate Oratorical Association Contest, the nation’s oldest competitive speaking tournament. Will called the achievement a “defining moment as a Penn Stater” despite only joining the team a short year ago. “The society has provided an avenue for me to cultivate my speaking skills,” Will said. "Joining is truly one of the best things that could've ever happened to me.”

Other members of the Speech & Debate Society also enjoyed broad success:

  • Ricardo Rojas, senior electrical engineering major, second overall speaker in parliamentary debate;
  • Collin Warren, senior economics major, runner-up in Informative speaking and finalist in extemporaneous speaking;
  • Neema Esfandi, freshman undeclared, semifinalist in parliamentary debate;
  • and Adrianne Kubiak, freshman information science major, finalist in dramatic interpretation.

The team’s impressive showing represents an important step in its growth. “Penn State used to be very dominant before the team was disbanded in the early 2000s,” said Collin Warren, who is also the society’s president.

Collin thinks this win will “create momentum” the team needs for next month's Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament at the University of Kentucky and into the future.

Jeremy David Johnson, graduate assistant in communication arts and sciences and of the team's coaches, echoed Collin's sentiments. “Our team is very young,” Jeremy said. “Our success at states means we are poised to do big things in the coming years.”

Growing the team will be difficult given its limited funds; but, with more success, its coaches and members are optimistic that they will be able to secure more funding to involve more students.

For more information about the Penn State Speech & Debate Society, visit the society's website.

 

http://news.psu.edu/story/394902/2016/02/25/academics/penn-state-speech-debate-society-has-impressive-showing-state

 

Camp Rhetoric 2016

Camp Rhetoric 2016, hosted by the Arnold Ebbitt Interdisciplinary Rhetoricians (AEIR) at Penn State, is set to take place on February 19th and 20th. The event brings together rhetoricians of both English and Communication departments from all over the country. Over two days, Camp Rhetoric will feature presentations by leading rhetorical scholars, works-in-progress sessions where graduate students work directly with faculty to workshop their writing, and discussion panel presentations where both students and faculty present on various topics of pedagogical and/or theoretical interest.

You can find the full schedule at AEIR’s website, here: https://sites.google.com/site/aeiratpennstate/camp-rhetoric-2016. Registration takes place on the day of the conference, and costs $15. Questions? Reach out to AEIR at Aeir.PSU@gmail.com!

CAS Student Briana Adams to receive Penn State's Jackson Lethbridge Tolerance Award

Briana Adams, a CAS Major, has been selected to receive Penn State's Jackson Lethbridge Tolerance Award.  The purpose of this award is to recognize broad-minded students who openly promote responsible citizenship and civil respect for diversity within the Penn State community, while emphasizing a nature of respectful tolerance for the differences among our constituents. 

 Congratulations, Briana!

Robin Kramer selected to present at the 2016 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium

Robin Kramer, Senior Lecturer in Communication Arts and Sciences, submitted a proposal to present a session at the 2016 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium regarding her use of podcasting to provide student feedback. “My students have responded in an incredibly positive way to this form of feedback, so I'm excited to share more about it,” she said.

The event will be on March 19th. The title of her presentation will be "Speaking Through the Stack Efficiently and Painlessly: Grading via Podcasts."

You can find more information and register for the symposium here: http://symposium.tlt.psu.edu

Dr. Brad Vivian and Dr. Michele Kennerly win Center for Humanities and Information Faculty Fellowships for 2016-17

Dr.’s Vivian and Kennerly have both won a Center for Humanities and Information Faculty Fellowship for 2016-17.

Dr. Vivian will be working on a book project that examines how idioms of witnessing have infused the public discourse of ordinary citizens, politicians, and civic institutions in recent decades, thus comprising a vital mode of influence in contemporary public culture. Dr. Kennerly will be working on her book project about how and when editorial polish functions as public argument in texts from classical Athens, Hellenistic Alexandria, and late Republican and early imperial Rome.

 Two PSU grad students have also won! Cory Geraths will be working on his dissertation about Manifestations and Mutations of Mary Magdalene, and David Maxson will be working on his dissertation about the Memoryscape of New Orleans.  

The CAS department congratulates these four on this outstanding achievement!

Kurt Braddock's research on Developing Counter-Terrorism Narratives featured in New York Magazine

Recently, CAS lecturer Kurt Braddock briefed the Pentagon on research on methods for Developing Counter-Terrorism Narratives, and now his work has been featured in an article by New York Magazine.

Read the article here!

Dr. Rachel Smith is part of a research team that has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study malaria prevention

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- In collaboration with partners in Europe and Africa, researchers at Penn State have received a five-year, $10.2-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to investigate a new method for preventing the transmission of malaria. The method involves limiting mosquito access to houses by blocking openings and installing "eave tubes" that contain a unique type of insecticide-laced mosquito netting developed by Dutch partner In2Care that kills the insects as they attempt to enter.

Read the whole story here!

Kurt Braddock Briefs Pentagon

Dr. Kurt Braddock, Ph.D. 2012, provided a briefing to the Pentagon covering his research on methods for Developing Counter-Terrorism Narratives.

“I have recently started a line of research in which I want to develop practical, actionable, theory-based guidelines for use in the field to counter violent extremism”, Braddock said. “The first paper that I wrote in this research agenda relates to the production and distribution of counter-narratives to reduce support for terrorism. It was recently accepted for publication in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1057610X.2015.1116277). An online version of the document was posted online on November 9th, and within a few days, my co-author (Dr. John Horgan) heard from Dept. of Defense personnel about the possibility of briefing them on the paper. Given that it is my line of research and I am first author on the work, I was tapped to do a teleconference to brief individuals from all over the Department of Defense on the paper, and to respond to questions related to counter-narratives and how they might be used against groups like ISIS.”

“…the content of the paper that I presented relates to (a) how to analyze terrorist narratives to recognize and understand that ideas that underpin them, (b) how to incorporate themes into counter-narratives that challenge the themes in the terrorist narratives, and (c) how to distribute those counter-narratives to populations at risk for radicalization to counter violent extremism within those populations.”