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May 10, 2018

NCA Press Releases
National Communication Association Announces Inaugural Fellows for Communication and Media Research Program at the Communication University of China
April 17, 2018 | Amy Jo Ellefson and Patrick Shaou-Whea Dodge have been selected to the inaugural class of its new Visiting Fellows Program.

#Metoo, Afrofuturism, Love, and Patriotism: Communication Scholars Discuss “Cruelty in the Age of Trump” in a Special Journal Forum
March 30, 2018 | A forum in a recent issue of NCA’s Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies addresses how cruelty has become "an affective political strategy of the 21st century."

Communication Studies Discipline Can Play Important Role in Combating Casualization of Academic Labor
March 12, 2018 | A special issue of NCA’s Review of Communication takes a closer look at the issue of academic labor and how the Communication discipline can be a part of the conversation.

The Debate Over Free Speech on College Campuses Continues: Communication Scholars Discuss in a Special Journal Forum
March 8, 2018 | A forum in a recent issue of NCA’s Communication Education focuses on the topic of free speech on campus.


In the Media

Elizabeth Cohen, West Virginia University, was quoted in a FiveThirtyEight article about the difficulty of leaving social media platforms such as Facebook.

Melanie Green, University of Buffalo SUNY, wrote an article for The Conversation about talking politics with people of opposing political ideology.

Anita Foeman, West Chester University, was quoted in a National Geographic article about the scientific basis, or lack thereof, of racial identity.

Jennifer Grygiel, Syracuse University, was featured in a WTOL article about protecting privacy in light of Facebook’s mishandling of data. 

Myra Gutin, Rider University, was quoted in an NPR article about former first lady Barbara Bush.

Maureen P. Keeley, Texas State University, was featured in a Wall Street Journal article about how to talk to a dying loved one.

Shauna MacDonald, Villanova University, was quoted in a article about sexual assault victims calling out their perpetrators on Facebook.

Jennifer Mercieca, Texas A&M University, was featured in a Washington Post article about social contagion.

Jessica Myrick, Penn State University, was quoted in a Natural News article about the power of using hope to improve health.  

Elizabeth J. Natalle, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, was featured in a podcast from the George W. Bush Presidential Center about Jacqueline Kennedy’s use of soft power.

Kendall Phillips, Syracuse University, was quoted in a Bloomberg article about Donald Trump’s West Wing hiring choices.

Jennifer Priem, Wake Forest University, was featured in a Miami News-Record article for her research study about easing a partner’s stress.


In Memoriam

Dr. Doreen Steiner Geddes, 71, of Seneca, SC, died peacefully Monday, March 19, 2018, at Cottingham Hospice House with family by her side. 

Dr. Geddes joined the Clemson University faculty in 1988 and was a founding member of the Department of Communication. She served as the department’s first Chair from 1995 to 2000. Dr. Geddes retired from Clemson University in 2009 after 21 years of serve and was granted emeritus status. She had taught a course each semester since her retirement and had remained active in the campus community.

Prior to joining the Clemson University faculty in 1988, Dr. Geddes served as an Instructor in the Department of Communication and Broadcasting at Western Kentucky University from 1986 to 1988 and as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Pensacola Junior College from 1980 to 1983.

Dr. Geddes received a Ph.D. in Interpersonal/Organizational Communication from Penn State University in 1988, an M.A. in Communication Arts from the University of West Florida in 1982, and a B.S. in Business from Florida State University in 1969. 

She was the daughter of the late James W. and Doris Steiner Geddes. Survivors include her sister, Kathryn Johannes, and sister-in-law, Frances Geddes, both of Sorrento, FL. She is also survived by three generations of loving nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her brothers, James M. Geddes and Roderick D. Geddes. 

She enjoyed researching family history and teaching. A beauty queen and world traveler, Dr. Geddes visited six continents. With a large heart, she was known for her compassion to people and animals in need. A family service and burial will take place in Florida.