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Carol Padden to receive an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree in May (2015) from The University of Haifa

“The degree will be awarded to Professor Padden for her meaningful contribution to the study of sign language, to the understanding of deaf culture and to the study of human language and its development.  It serves as a tribute to her personal accomplishments as a deaf woman in a hearing world, underscoring the importance of celebrating our differences as humans. It also will be conferred for her scientific collaboration with the researchers at the University of Haifa Sign Language Research Lab which has been instrumental in advancing the Faculty of the Humanities and the university in Israel and world-wide.” 

The Studio for Ethnographic Design (SED) is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a two-year planning grant from the University of California Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives to launch the UC Collaboratory for Ethnographic Design (CoLED).  CoLED will build on the respective accomplishments of ethnography incubators at six campuses (San Diego, Irvine, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Davis and Santa Cruz) to establish a UC-wide interdisciplinary hub for innovative ethnographic theory and methodology. In addition to bringing a wide network of UC scholars working reflexively on ethnographic practice, the collaboratory will serve as a means to improve pedagogical agendas for graduate student training in ethnographic practice. The two year planning grant will culminate in a public conference in Fall 2016. 

The Department of Communication congratulates the curatorial team responsible for organizing the Senses of Care: Mediated Ability and Interdependence exhibition—Brian Goldfarb, Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies, and graduate students John Armenta, Christina Aushana, Amanda Cachia, Ivana Guarrasi, Louise Hickman, Jennifer Marchisotto, Amanda Martin Sandino, Jamie Rau, and Haydee Smith.

The exhibition, held at the CalIT2 Gallery, debuted Thursday, April 10th with a successful opening night and panel discussion by Brian, Christina, and Louise.

Senses of Care will be up through June 13.

This roundtable discussion with artists Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Sara Hendren and Chun-Shan (Sandie) Yi is organized by the gallery@calit2. The program will be moderated by Amanda Cachia (PhD student, Visual Arts) and Brian Goldfarb (Associate Professor, Communication Dept).Date: May 28th, 2014
Time: 3-5:30pm
Location: Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego
Host: Brian Goldfarb, Curator

Brian Goldfarb will be giving a talk “Design with Care” Wednesday, May 14th from 4:30-6:00 at CalIT2 Atkinson 4004.
The talk is especially exciting as it is tied in with the Senses of Care: Mediated Ability and Interdependence exhibit currently showing in the gallery of CalIT2 . The talk will get tactile as we check out the gallery below, so come on time.

Olga Vasquez is a recipient of UCSD’s 2013-14 Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award. This award recognized Prof. Vasquez for her work and “for exemplifying the UC San Diego Principles of Community.” 

Faculty member Dan Hallin has won the Edwin C. Baker Award for research on media, markets and democracy, which is given by the Philisophy, Theory and Critique and the Media Law and Policy Divisions of the ICA.

Alumna Sarah Banet-Weiser ('95), has been awarded the ICA Outstanding Book Award.

Filmatic Festival, April 24-27, 2014, Qualcomm Institute at Calit2 The inaugural ArtPower!
Filmatic Festival showcases four days on the Future of Film Going with interactive screenings, gaming fun, media installations, 3D experiences, workshops, and parties galore, the BEST way to experience Filmatic is to buy a 1-day or 4-day pass so you don’t miss one exciting event!

Imaginary Prizes Take Aim at Real Problems
If you had $20 million to spend on solving a social problem, what would it be? Carol Padden of Communication is one of the MacArthur “Genius” Grant winners asked by the New York Times to propose an imaginary challenge prize.

Twitter Chats Beckon to Some Graduate Students
Academic discussions and networking on Twitter? U.S. News and World Report followed up on a Daily Muse blog post by Communication graduate student Tamara Powell.

Welcome to Cristina Aushana, Joaquin Contreras, Yelena Gluzman, Louise Hickman, Tara Pixley, James Schuessler, and Yi Hong Sim, who are beginning the PhD program.
Welcome to our visiting scholars: Frank Esser, and Hiroaki Ishiguro.

Zeinabu Davis's Spirits of Rebellion: Black Cinema at UCLA.

Zeinabu Davis's Co-Motion: Tales of Breastfeeding Women

Zeinabu Davis's PSA done for Oak Park Music Conservatory, June 2012.

Ricardo GuthriemuraRicardo Guthrie, UCSD PH. D. alumni and professor of ethnic studies at Northern Arizona University, received the award for Most Significant Artistic/Creative Work. Guthrie’s historic Southside mural at the Murdoch Center in Flagstaff represents a visual history of African Americans of significance to the city. Guthrie has received widespread recognition for the project and will present a research paper on the creation of the mural in Liverpool, England, in July.

Michael Schudson, Emeritus Professor of Communication, has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1780, the Academy is among the oldest honorary societies in the US for academics as well as those in public affairs and the performing arts.

Day of the DEAD in The USAOne of our former grads, Regina Marchi was granted tenure at Rutgers. Her new position was awarded in large part for her book, “DAY OF THE DEAD IN THE USA: The Migration and Transformation of a Cultural Phenomenon”. Rutgers University Press, 2009.

We are thrilled to announce that J.R. Osborn's documentary feature "GLITTER DUST: FINDING ART IN DUBAI" will have its premiere at the Gulf Film Festival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from April 10-16, 2012. trailer more . . .

The American Sociological Association has chosen Chandra Mukerji's bookImpossible Engineering: Technology and Territoriality on the Canal du Midi to receive its Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award, presented annually for the best single book published in the two calendar years preceding the award year. This is the highest publication award that the ASA gives out.

Carol Padden has been elected as a Fellow of the "American Association for the Advancement of Science".Congratulations, Carol. Fantastic news!

Yael Warshel's dissertation, which previously was awarded "Top Dissertation" awards from both the International Communication Association and the Central New York Peace Studies Consortium, has now also been awarded the National Communication Association's International and Intercultural Division's Distinguished Scholarship Award for the Dissertation. Her dissertation, about Palestinian and Israeli children's reception of Israeli and Palestinian Sesame Street was entitled, How Do You Convince Children that the “Army”, “Terrorists” and the “Police” Can Live Together Peacefully?: A Peace Communication Assessment Model. She will be receiving the award at the upcoming NCA convention in November 2011.

Valerie Hartouni's promotion to Full Professor has been approved.

Nadine Kozak, who defended her dissertation last year, has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee School of Information, for the 2011-2012 year.

Ph.D. student Katrina Peterson represented UCSD at the Graduate Research Advocacy Day, in which UC showcased graduate research to State Legislators. One of only two social scientists included from around the UC system, Katrina presented her research on the way information is used to map California wildfires

Yael Warshel has won the best dissertation award from the Global Communication and Social Change Division of the ICA. Her dissertation was titled How Do You Convince Children that the “Army”, “Terrorists” and the “Police” Can Live Together Peacefully? A Peace Communication Assessment Model, and it focused on Israeli-Palestinian Sesame Street.

Two UCSD graduate students have been awarded SSHRC doctoral fellowships,Sarah Klein for her project on interaction between scientists and experimental participants in laboratories of psychology and cognitive Science, and Hannah Dickfor her research on the negotiations of religious and secular identity in comparative national contexts.

Michael Cole was awarded with the Relating Research to Practice Award from the American Educational Research Association.

Kelly Gates has been promoted to the position of Associate Professor.

Tom Humphries has been awarded the Henry T. Trueba Award for Research Leading to the Transformation of the Social Contexts of Education from the American Education Research Association.

Mauro Porto, who recieved his Ph.D. in the Department in 2001, has been promoted to tenure at Tulane. Mauro is currently on leave from his job there, and serving as Program Officer of Media Rights and Access at Ford Foundation's office in Rio de Janeiro.

Michael Cole has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the SRCD (Society for Research on Child Development). His contributions to understanding the linkages among culture, cognition, and development in both theory and methodology have had a significant impact on the field.

Carol PaddenCarol Padden, Professor of Communication and Associate Dean of Social Sciences at UCSD, has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. Prof. Padden is a specialist on sign language and deaf culture. Her most recent work focuses on Al-Sayyid Bedouin Sign Language, a language created in a Bedouin community a few generations ago which offers an opportunity to study the emergence and stabilization of linguistic conventions within a community of language-users. Prof. Padden is the second faculty member in UCSD's Communication Department to be recognized with a MacArthur "genius" grant. Michael Schudson, now Emeritus at UCSD and teaching at Columbia University, was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1990.

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Don’t miss two wonderful programs making their
debut at the City Heights Performance Annex!

Zeinabu Irene DavisZeinabu Irene Davis. 
Co-Motion: Stories of Breastfeeding Women of Color is a half hour documentary essay that explores the world of breastfeeding from a perspective that is primarily African American.

Communication T ShirtAnd the winner is...

Congratulations toElizabeth Li, an undergraduate Communication major, who designed the new Communication department t-shirt! 
The t-shirts are available for purchase and are only $10! Please bring exact change (cash only) to the front Communication office (room MCC 127) Monday—Friday between 8am-12pm or 1pm-4:30pm.

Hurry in to get your shirt before summer break!

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Past Talks

Eric Stanley
The Afterlives of Social Death: Legal Violence and Trans Resistance
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
12:30-2PM, MCC201
Senior Thesis Presentations

Communication Honors Program
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
12:30-2PM, MCC201

Chris Kelty
Heteronyms of Participation 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
12:30-2PM, MCC201

Sasha Abramsky
The American Way of Poverty
Friday, April 18, 2014
12:30-2PM, TMCA 127

Susan Crawford
Retaining Government Power to Make Economic Policy for Internet Access: The Role of the First Amendment
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
6:00 PM, UCSD Multipurpose Room, Student Services Center

Patricia Aufderheide
"When Picasso Meets Mozilla: The Creative Crisis in Visual Arts Research"
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
12:30-2PM, MCC201

David Altheide
"Reflections on Mediated Social Control"
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
12:30-2PM, MCC201

Madhavi Sunder
"From Goods to a Good Life: Intellectual Property and Global Justice"
Wednesday, Feburary 5, 2014
12:30-2PM, MCC201

K.J. Greene
"Copyright and Contract Law Formalities and the Misappropriation of African-American Music"
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
12:30-2PM, MCC201

Fred Turner
The Democratic Surround
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
12:30-2PM, MCC201

Glen Mimura
Afterlives of Bruce Lee: Asian-American Cool and its Queer Discontents
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
12:30-2:00PM, MCC 201

Barbie Zelizer
"Communication in the Fan of Disciplines"
Friday, October 4, 2013
12:45-2:15PM, MCC201

Yolanda Pividal
"Of Kites and Borders"
Film Screening and Discussion
Friday, October 4, 2013
3:30-5:00PM, MCC201

Jean Lave (Berkeley)
Rising to the Concrete: Critical Ethnographic Practice in West Africa
Monday, April 8, 2013
2:00-4:00PM, MCC 201
Angela Booker (UC Davis)
In-stage/On-stage: Youth & the politics of participation
Fri., April 5, 2013
12:30-2:00PM, MCC 201
Sheena Lewis (Northwestern University)
Digital Crime Prevention: Investigating How Communities Use Technology to Address Crime
Wed., March 13th, 2013
12:30-2:00PM, MCC 201
Lilly Irani (UC Irvine)
Hacking Politics in India
Wed., Feburary 27th, 2013
12:30-2:00PM, MCC 201
Peter Asaro (The New School)
Drone Warfare and the Remediation of Killing
Wed., Feburary 22, 2013
12:30-2:00PM, MCC 201
Jonathan Lukens (Georgia Institute of Technology)
DIY Infrastructure
Wed., Feburary 13th, 2013
12:30-2:00PM, MCC 201
Alenda Chang (UC Berkeley)
Playing Nature: Exponential Vision and the Powers of Ten
Wed., January 30, 2013
12:30-2:00PM, MCC 201

Jed Brubaker (UC Irvine)

Death and the Social Network
Wed., January 9, 2013
12:30-2:00PM, MCC 201

Past Congratulations

Mike Cole was awarded the 2014 American Psychological Association, Division 7: Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society. This award recognizes an individual who over a lifetime career has contributed to the science of developmental psychology and who has also worked to apply developmental psychology to society.

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 theSAGE 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.

Erin Cory was awarded the Fletcher Jones Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year. Only one such fellowship is allotted to UC San Diego by the UC Office of the President. The Fletcher Jones Fellowship is supported by gifts received from the Fletcher Jones Foundation of Los Angeles.

Aaron Gurlly, Ph.D. (2014), has been awarded a two-year Faculty Fellowship at Beloit College in their department of Theater, Dance, and Media Studies.  Dr. Gurlly will be teaching a combination of production and theory courses each semester while helping to develop Beloit’s Media Studies Program.

Brie Iatarola was selected to receive the Frieda Daum Urey Academic Fellowship. This endowed fellowship is a tribute to Frieda Daum Urey who, along with her husband, Nobel Laureate Harold Urey, played a prominent role in the development of the UC San Diego campus community.

Katrina Petersen, Ph.D. (2014), has been awarded a three-year Research Associate position at Lancaster UniversityUK, in the Department of Sociology’s Centre for Mobilities Research. Dr. Petersen will be collaborating on a European Union-funded project to explore the cultural and ethical implications of using technology in response to crisis and disaster management.

Pawan Singh is the only graduate student at UC San Diego to receive the Kaplan Dissertation Year Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Kaplan is a merit-based fellowship that is awarded to students who demonstrate a highly distinguished academic record.

Alumni Ricardo Guthrie ('06) has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at Northern Arizona University, Ethnic Studies Program.

Alumna Stephanie (Sam) Martin offered a position as an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Southern Methodist University.

Congratulations to Thomas Conner, who was awarded a student research fellowship in conjunction with Science for the People: The 1970s and Today, a conference to be held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in April 2014.

Congratulations to Andy Rice on the successful defense of his dissertation, Indexical Embodiments: Sensory Cinema and/as Historical Reenactment.

Congratulations to graduate student Yelena Gluzman who received the 2013-2014 Frieda Daum Urey Endowed Fellowship!

Congratulations to graduate student Diego Cortes who received the UCSD Friends of the International Center Scholarship for dissertation research!

Stephanie (Sam) Martin has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Communication and Religious Studies at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Lauren Berliner has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Participatory Media/Media Production in the Media and Communication Division of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at University of Washington, Bothell.
Congratulations to Tammy Powell who successfully defended her dissertation, "Making Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies: An Activity-Theoretical Analysis of the Development and Orgnaizational Adaptation of Medical Service-Learning Program" last week.

Tammy will continue teaching in the Communication Studies Department at CSU Sacramento and will also continue her research with the UC PRIME medical education network. She will go on the job market in 2014 in hopes of staying on the west coast near family and friends.

Wayne "J.R." Osborn (Ph.D. in Communication, 2008), has accepted an Assistant Professorship at Georgetown University in Cultural History and Communication Technology.

Kelli Moore has accepted a UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowhip at UC Berkeley in the Department of Rhetoric.

Reece Peck has accepted an Assistant Professorship at CUNY Staten Island in the Department of Media Culture for Fall 2013.