Member News and Notes

Member News
July 7, 2022

In the Media

In a Diverse Education magazine article, Godfried Asante, San Diego State University, commented on the leaked draft of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and expresses concern over new restrictions.

In the Huffington Post, Dawn O. Braithwaite, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, commented on Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson’s relationship and how parents should navigate boundaries in blended families. 

In a Tampa Bay Times op-ed, Richard Cherwitz, University of Texas Austin, expressed concern over the state of democracy. Also in an op-ed published in The Hill and elsewhere, Cherwitz wrote in praise of Wyoming Republican Representative Liz Cheney’s role in the January 6 hearings.

In The Washington Post, Angela Corbo, Widener University, defined “gaslighting.” 

Jennifer Cox, Salisbury University, spoke with WMDT about billionaire Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter. 

In The Progressive Magazine, Katie Greenan and Hallie Gallinat, both of the University of Indianapolis, argued that “Both Disney and Florida seem to be out of touch with the public.” 

In a New York Times article, Jeffrey Hall, University of Kansas, offered advice on the number of close friends you should have as an adult. Hall also explained in a Vox piece that to cultivate a level of closeness with someone could require a time investment of approximately 200 hours. 

On Stat, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, University of Pennsylvania, and Yotam Ophir, University at Buffalo, weighed in on Dr. Oz’s history of peddling misinformation and, at times, scientific facts in light of his Senate race. In an Associated Press article, Jamieson also commented on whether the January 6 hearings will change perceptions about the Capitol insurrection.

In The Conversation, Julia Khrebtan-Hörhager, Colorado State University, and Evgeniya Pyatovskaya, University of South Florida, examined the political circumstances leading up to the French election in April. 

On an episode of The Muckrake, Jennifer Mercieca, Texas A&M University, offered insight into television personality Tucker Carlson’s rhetoric. 

In an Associated Press article, Brian Ott, Missouri State University, commented on the paucity of President Joe Biden’s formal press conferences.

Joshua Scacco, University of South Florida, commented to Outside on the media activities of former presidents and first ladies, such as creating podcasts or financing documentaries. 

On The Colin McEnroe Show, Sylvia Sierra, Syracuse University, weighed in on how the meaning of words can change over time and how the internet is influencing language. 

In Insider, Patty Sotirin, Michigan Tech, commented on why so many young women are saying that they want to be the “cool aunt,” rather than becoming a mother. 

In The Atlantic, Hilde Van den Bulck, Drexel University, remarked on the lawsuit between ex-spouses Johnny Depp and Amber Heard and what it shows about anti-fandom. 

New Books

Martha B. Coven, Writing on the Job: Best Practices for Communicating in the Digital Age (Princeton University Press, 2022) ISBN: 9780691229959

Lyndsay Michalik Gratch and Ariel Gratch, Digital Performance in Everyday Life (Routledge, 2022) ISBN: 9781138342149

Paul Leonardi and Tsedal Neeley, The Digital Mindset: What It Really Takes to Thrive in the Age of Data, Algorithms, and AI (Boston: Harvard Business Review Press, 2022).  

Bobby R Patton, Rusalyn H Andrews, and Jennifer Page Daily, Keys to Healthy Communication: Authenticity, Empathy, Empowerment (Tridox, 2022) ISBN: 9780578317861


E. Michele Ramsey, Penn State Berks, was named a General Education Faculty Scholar for 2022-2025. General Education Faculty Scholars build the capacity of faculty to use educational change initiatives to advance greater intentionality in curricular and course design, learning outcomes and assessment, and high-impact teaching and learning practices in general education. 

E. Michele Ramsey and Cheryl L. Nicholas, Penn State Berks, were awarded a $350,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation and the NEH's "Cornerstone: Learning for Living" partnership. The grant allows Drs. Ramsey and Nicholas to work with six additional Penn State campuses to create new versions of the Keystone Certificate they created for the Berks campus. The certificate encourages non-humanities majors to take courses that speak to their majors and careers, thereby giving them a more well-rounded education while also helping encourage enrollments in humanities courses.