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Highlights and Awards from the 66th International Communication Association Annual Conference

More than 50 faculty and students from the Annenberg School for Communication presented their research at the 66th International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference in Fukuoka, Japan from June 8-13.

Professor Amy Jordan celebrated the culmination of her year as ICA president. On the Saturday evening of the conference, Jordan gave her presidential address, entitled, “Digital Media Use and the Experience(s) of Childhood.”

Annenberg Graduate Students Host Roxborough High School Students For a Day of Communication Studies

Thanks to the organizing efforts of a group of graduate students led by Rachel N. Stonecipher, the Annenberg School for Communication recently hosted a group of budding film students from Roxborough High School.

The high schoolers' projects, including this impressive anti-bullying PSA video, reveal their talents for video production. Their teachers reached out to Annenberg in the hope that its faculty and students could help build even more advanced skills.

Maria Popova (C’07) to Speak at Annenberg's 2016 Undergraduate Graduation​

She describes herself as “a reader, writer, interestingness hunter-gatherer, and curious mind at large.”

Who better to deliver the graduation address to a group of Communication majors?

A Communication major herself during her time at Penn, Maria Popova (C’07) is the founder of Brain Pickings, a website and weekly e-newsletter in which she curates and shares, well, anything and everything she finds interesting.

Chatman, Ristovska Named 2016-18 George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellows

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.

Dayna Chatman

Yphtach Lelkes to Join the Annenberg Faculty this Fall

Long before the job was even posted — before he even got his Ph.D. in Communication — Yphtach Lelkes hoped to someday join the faculty at the Annenberg School for Communication. “The school’s high standing, the excellent research, the location — It was always a bit of a dream job,” he says.

He feels very lucky right now.

Starting in September, Lelkes will become an Assistant Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication.

Half of Americans Concerned Zika Will Spread to Their Neighborhoods

Half of Americans are concerned that the Zika virus spreading throughout Latin America will reach their neighborhoods, according to a survey conducted this month by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

The Annenberg Science Knowledge (ASK) survey shows a high level of awareness but also confusion and misinformation about the virus, which may be linked to increases in Brazil of microcephaly, a rare neurological condition, and in Latin America of Guillain-Barré syndrome, an autoimmune disorder.

Annenberg in Washington Supports Summer Internships in D.C.

Whether or not one side can hear the other, there’s no doubt that Washington, D.C. is the epicenter for our nation’s political communication. Recognizing the value in experiencing that discourse firsthand, the Annenberg School for Communication recently announced the Annenberg in Washington (AIW) program to support summer internships in the nation’s capital.

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