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CAS Fighting the Threat of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

CAS students, advisees, and professors steered a seminar on the leading threat to public health that was attended by over 250 students and over 50 local providers on Nov 17th. The seminar covered the latest social, biological, and clinical science on the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. Over 2 million infections occur a year in the United States, causing thousands of deaths. The photograph shows two PSU undergraduate students, Kaitlin Shartle and Lydia Glick, with Dr.

Rachel Levine, the physician general of Pennsylvania. CAS faculty, such as Smith and MacGeorge, and their students are conducting health communication research to guide interventions to address this leading threat to public health. Kaitlin and Lydia have been involved in this research, interned with the Department of Health, and conducted evidence-based workshops on the topic in the community, such as the event at Bennett childcare center (http://news.psu.edu/story/381332/2015/11/17/campus-life/get-smart-about-antibiotics).

Undergraduate students interested in getting involved in health communication research related to antibiotic resistance should contact Dr. Rachel Smith (ras57@psu.edu).

CAS Student Carrie Rein founds non-profit organization DreamTeen: Bringing Childhood Dreams to Foster Teens

For years Penn State student Carrie Rein had been pondering a single idea. “It is honestly impossible for me to pinpoint how I came up with the idea of DreamTeen,” she said, but she knew that somehow, one day, she would take foster children to Disney World.

Foster children are often subjected to many forms of neglect and abuse in foster care, severely affecting their mental health and
development, and lessening their chances of growing into a successful adult. “I decided it was time to start a nonprofit. During this time, I was in Bryan Blankfield's CAS100 [public speaking] class. Our last speech involved discussing a problem and a solution. Before writing my speech, I told Bryan I was in the process of starting a nonprofit, and asked if I could take advantage of this last speech to practice speaking about it in front of an audience. Using everything we learned in CAS100 about writing an effective speech, I wrote my first of many speeches to spread the word about my nonprofit.”

Carrie founded DreamTeen in June 2014, and received 501c(3) status a month later. Today, she is partnered with Children’s Aid and Family Services, hoping to raise enough money to bring some of their Professional Parent Homes (staffed homes serving adolescents in foster care between the ages of 13-18) on an all-expense-paid vacation to Disney World through the program DreamOrlando. “We strive to become a life-long family to these foster youth and support them through the transition process and all other life events,” Carrie said. “I am still using the effective communication skills I learned in CAS100 to form partnerships with other businesses, speak in front of other organizations, and speaking on camera. Aside from the direct skills I learned in CAS100, the indirect confidence I gained during that semester continually helps me fight through any nervousness I feel before presenting my nonprofit in front of my peers and other crowds.”

Carrie also started the DreamTeen club at Penn State, getting other students involved in supporting foster youth. They are planning the first annual DreamTeen event in April 2016. If you would like to get involved with the DreamTeen Club or the nonprofit contact Carrie at Carrie@dreamteen.org

The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences applauds Carrie for her amazing and inspiring work!

LJ Shen and Jim Dillard selected for 2015 Distinguished Article Award

Professors LJ Shen and Jim Dillard have been selected for the 2015 Distinguished Article Award conferred by the National Communication Association’s Communication and Social Cognition Division.  Division Chair Matt McGlone said that their article in Review of Communication Research titled “Threat, fear, and persuasion: Review and critique of questions about functional form” was selected from “an unusually large set of nominees this year, all reporting exemplary scholarship.” Professors Shen and Dillard will receive their award November 21st in Las Vegas at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association.

Jeremy Engels appears on the radio program “A Public Affair” out of Madison, Wisconsin to discuss his new book “The Politics of Resentment”

From WORT 89.9 FM out of Madison, Wisconsin:

Pledge Edition: Rhetoric and violence in “Politics of Resentment”

To continue this week with our fall pledge drive, Karma Chavez talks with Jeremy Engels, author “The Politics of Resentment.” His new book looks at the relationship between rhetoric and violence by examining events in U.S. history.

Jeremy Engels is an Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State University. His research investigates the rhetorical foundations of democratic practices, and their beauty, ugliness, and perplexity.

Recent Publication by J. Michael Hogan and Jessica A. Kurr

Our own J. Michael Hogan and Jessica A. Kurr recently published a white paper on "The Future of the Basic Course in Communication." The white paper summarizes the findings of a special double session held last spring at the 106th Annual Easter Communication Association Convention, "Deliberation: Philadelphia." The Center for Democratic Deliberation (CDD) was invited by the First Vice President of ECA, Kanan Sawyer, to facilitate the event featuring more than thirty communication scholars and teachers.

The White Paper is available at http://cdd.la.psu.edu/education/future-of-the-basic-course-white-paper.

Stephen Browne wins the National Communication Association's Distinguished Scholar Award!

Stephen Browne, Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State, has won the NCA Distinguished Scholar Award!

The NCA Distinguished Scholar Award was created in 1991 to recognize and reward NCA members for a lifetime of scholarly achievement in the study of human communication. Recipients are selected to showcase the communication profession. The award is supported by the Mark L. Knapp Distinguished Scholar Fund. Since 1992, those recognized as NCA Distinguished Scholars nominate and elect members to join this select group.

 

"I am of course gratified by the award," Browne said, "but it is really testimony to the superb scholars and departmental support I have benefited from throughout my career at Penn State."

Congratulations Stephen!

CAS featured in AlumnInsider

 

CAS is featured in a recent story in the AlumnInsider – a newsletter for members of the Penn State Alumni Association. The story highlights how the Department has played a critical role in education at Penn State for years, and how we continue to push contemporary conversations about civic engagement.

 

Here's the link!

http://www.imakenews.com/psaanews/e_article003225633.cfm?x=b11,0,w

New tenure-track job open in diversity, U.S. politics, and political communication

The Department of Communication Arts & Sciences, in collaboration with African American Studies and Political Science, seeks an assistant or associate professor who will be appointed as tenure-track faculty. To advance the missions of these departments and the interdisciplinary mission of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy [link to democracyinstitute.la.psu.edu], applicants should demonstrate scholarly and teaching excellence at the intersection of diversity, U.S. politics, and political communication, broadly construed. To learn more about this job, click here.

Lindsey Aloia to receive the Sandra Petronio Dissertation Excellence Award!

We would like to congratulate Lindsey Aloia on winning the Sandra Petronio Dissertation Excellence Award conferred by the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association. She will receive her award at the Family Communication Division Business meeting in Las Vegas in November. “I am honored to receive the prestigious Sandra Petronio Dissertation Excellence Award”, she said. “Thank you Dr. Denise Haunani Solomon for your consistent care and guidance that contributed to the successful completion of this project.  Receipt of this award affirms the importance of understanding the causes and consequences of verbal aggression in interpersonal associations.” Way to go Lindsey!   

New staff member Jason Traverse has long CAS history

Jason Traverse joined the staff supporting CAS, along with Philosophy, Applied Linguistics, and related centers/institutes.

What some may not have known was Jason's history as both a CAS major and a winner of the CAS/NYT public speaking contest. Thanks to the archives, we have unearthed that winning speech, and if you want to curse the high cost of bad drivers to society, or if you just want to see Jason shine, watch the full video here:

http://mediaplayer.pearsoncmg.com/pls/streaming/1256913251/fall_2006_speeches/The_Cost_of_Bad_Drivers_h_x264.mp4

Mark Kohler unearthed this and shared it with Jason, who says that this contest "was the event that actually made me switch majors and become a CAS major instead. So, this is the very thing that began my CAS journey almost a decade ago, which has lead me to where I am now."