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September 3, 2020

In the Media

Karrin Vasby Anderson, Colorado State University, spoke to Fast Company about the influence of TV on our perception of women political candidates. 

William Benoit, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Allan Louden, Wake Forest University, commented to about the role of debates in Alabama’s state elections. 

In an op-ed for the Waco Tribune-Herald, Richard Cherwitz, University of Texas at Austin, argued that President Trump’s 4th of July address was divisive. Cherwitz also authored an Iowa City Press-Citizen op-ed that argued that civil conversations on controversial conversations are necessary. 

Stephen Croucher, Massey University, talked with 1 News about recent research that found that people in New Zealand are less prejudiced toward Asians during the COVID-19 pandemic than people in other countries, such as the United States and Spain. 

In the Boston Globe, Shardé Davis, University of Connecticut, and Joy Melody Woods, University of Texas at Austin, discussed the hashtag #BlackintheIvory that they created, which has been used to chronicle discrimination experienced by Black people in academia. 

In the Keene Sentinel, Amber Davisson, Keene State University, discussed how video conferencing and remote work affect people’s mental and physical well-being. 

Katie Dunleavy, La Salle University, and Tricia S. Jones, Temple University, were featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical touch. 

In a New York Times article about where Americans are most likely to be wearing masks, Elizabeth Dorrance Hall, Michigan State University, explained how peer pressure plays a role in mask wearing. 

In an op-ed for The Hill, Johanna Hartelius, University of Texas at Austin, decried ICE’s decision to restrict international students’ access to U.S. higher education. The decision has since been changed.

Kory Floyd, University of Arizona, described to the BBC why people are craving human touch during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In the Washington Post, Myra Gutin, Rider University, made the case that the timing of Melania Trump’s announcement about renovating the White House Rose Garden was significant. 

NCA Past President Ronald L. Jackson II, University of Cincinnati, and NCA Distinguished Scholar and Moderator Molefi Kete Asante, Morgan State University, joined other panelists on “Race, Racism and Anti-Racism: Redefining the Social Contract,” a video discussion hosted by Temple University. 

In the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, University of Pennsylvania, weighed in on fake antifa events that drew people to respond to supposed antifa actions. Jamieson also commented on news coverage of federal agents arresting protesters in Portland in the Washington Post.

On KSDK, Scott Jensen, Webster University, offered advice on how to handle conflicts on social media. 

Bree McEwan, DePaul University, described in a Psychology Today article how communication and psychology concepts, such as reactance, explain why some people refuse to wear masks. 

On CBS DFW, Sam Martin and Rita Kirk, Southern Methodist University, weighed in on polling data that showed that Texans disapprove of Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On abc27news, Kesha Morant Williams, Penn State Berks, appeared in part 3 of a town hall about how to discuss race with others.

Robin R. Means Coleman, Texas A&M University, commented in the Washington Post on how the lack of Black sitcoms from the 1980s and 1990s available on streaming contributes to the invisibility of an important era of television. 

In the Herald-Standard, Patricia Milford, California University of Pennsylvania, explained why eye contact is an important component of nonverbal communication when people are wearing masks.  

On Futurity, Katherine Ognyanova, Rutgers University, discussed the results of a study about fake news and trust in the mainstream media. 

E. Michele Ramsey, Penn State Berks, talked with Reader’s Digest about plans to teach online in the fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

On WLFA, Josh Scacco, University of South Florida, compared this year’s mail-in ballot requests to requests in 2016. 

Stephen M. Underhill, Marshall University, wrote in The Conversation about the history of police brutality in the United States. In the Academic Minute podcast, Underhill explored one way that J. Edgar Hoover opened the door to Donald Trump.

In the Columbia Daily-Tribune, Benjamin Warner, University of Missouri, offered insight into how information and misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic has become politicized. 

Michael Zirulnik, Arizona State University, wrote an article for The Conversation about the conflict over the removal of confederate statues. 

In Transition 

Associate Professor of Communication Teresa Nance has been named Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Villanova University. According to Nance, “There has never been a more challenging time to accept the responsibilities of Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Never has the work been more important, never have the chances to make a difference been more real.”

Elizabeth "Liz" L. Petrun Sayers accepted a position as a social scientist with the FDA. Petrun Sayers will be leading campaign evaluations for several of FDA's tobacco prevention campaigns. 

New Books

Luke Winslow, Assistant Professor at Baylor University, published the new book, American Catastrophe: Fundamentalism, Climate Change, Gun Rights, and the Rhetoric of Donald J. Trump