Annenberg doctoral students Natalie Herbert, Stella Lee, Sijia Yang, and Lori Young have received the Russell Ackoff Doctoral Student Fellowship Award for 2016 from the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center.
Eleanor Marchant makes a good point: six weeks into a year-long ethnographic field project may not be the best time to talk about it.
After all, the aim of ethnographic research is not as much to test a hypothesis, as to immerse yourself in a community and let your findings emerge over the course of the experience. And Marchant, a fourth year doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication, has chosen to study for her dissertation a subculture far from the ivory tower of University City: the technology sector in Nairobi, Kenya.
For the first time since the fellowship began in 2007, the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania has named two George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellows: Dayna Chatman and Sandra Ristovska.
Both will receive their Ph.D. degrees this Spring: Chatman from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and Ristovska from the Annenberg School at Penn.
Researchers have long marveled at the almost-magical power of self-affirmation: Minority students who reflect on their core values do better in school. People with opposing political views become more open to hearing one another, while people with bad health habits become more amenable to shaping up. The simple act of focusing on the sources of meaning and purpose in our lives is incredibly effective at lowering defenses and changing behavior.
Think of how often sit with your phone, tablet, or computer, quietly shopping or reading the latest headlines. Browsing the internet certainly feels like a solitary activity, but as a new study in the International Journal of Communication reveals, you may be surprised by just how many companies are observing.
Annenberg faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows will present a rich variety of research at the National Communication Association (NCA) 101st Annual Convention, to be held Nov. 19-22 in Las Vegas. Below are a list of papers to be presented, along with their abstracts, followed by a list of Annenberg Faculty who will be panelists or respondents at the conference. Four of the papers will be receiving Top Paper Awards, as noted below.
Can the Web make people more fit?
It’s a question hot on the minds of everyone from health insurers to gym owners to public health officials. Although millions of dollars a year are being spent designing promotional ads and social media campaigns, they clearly aren’t working: more than 43 percent of Americans get insufficient levels of daily exercise, and nearly a third are obese.
In an op-ed in The Guardian today, two members of Annenberg’s community made a surprising revelation: Despite Google’s highly-publicized exit from the Chinese market five years ago, the company has continued to operate behind “the Great Firewall” through the widespread use of Google Analytics.
On Saturday, September 19, the Annenberg School for Communication held a Professional Development Day. The event, organized by doctoral students Elisa Baek, Rosemary Clark, Minji Kim, Elena Maris, and Allyson Volinsky, brought a dozen alumni back to Annenberg to share their career advice with Annenberg's current graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
This fall, the Annenberg School for Communication welcomes 15 new Ph.D. students to Philadelphia.