The Communication Department would like to welcome Keith Pezzoli, Ph.D., director of field research and a lecturer in urban studies and planning at UC San Diego. Keith will be directing the urban studies program and working closely with the Communication Department to incorporate the program within our curricular framework. Off campus, Pezzoli directs The Global Action Research Center (The Global ARC), a not-for-profit organization that promotes just and sustainable bioregionalism. Pezzoli's work integrates science, green business, art and multimedia communications for healthy communities through progressive social networking regionally and globally. It's an exciting time ahead!
Carol Padden, a MacArthur award-winning scholar of sign languages and a longtime member of the university community at UC San Diego – first as a graduate student in Linguistics and then a faculty member in Communication – will begin her service as the new dean of social sciences on Oct. 1, 2014.
A delegation from Colombia, including the Chancellor of the University of Llanos, Oscar Dominguez Gonzaléz, is visiting UC San Diego to learn more about our La Clase Mágica program, which they are trying to replicate in their country. In addition to making several sight visits to pre-school and after-school programs, the delegation met with our Chancellor, Pradeep K. Khosla, to talk about the importance of community outreach and improving educational opportunities in San Diego and Colombia. La Clase Mágica serves children and adults in four under-served neighborhoods throughout San Diego, bringing educational resources such as technology, fun curriculum, and college students to help children bridge many of the learning barriers minority populations face.
Congratulations to James Perez , Ph.D. in Communication and Ethnic Studies, who has accepted a professorship in the department of Mass Communication at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas.
Fernando Dominguez Rubio was awarded the SAGE Prize for Innovation and Excellence for his 2013 article “Materials in the Field: Object-Trajectories and Object-Positions in the Field of Contemporary Art,” published in Cultural Sociology. The prize is given annually by the British Sociological Association and SAGE Publishers.