News of People in the Profession
Deb Aikat, assistant professor and media futurist, U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been presented the Stephen H. Coltrin Communications Professor of the Year Award by the International Radio and Television Society Foundation, for developing a case study in decision making for new technologies in communication. He was awarded a plaque and $1,500 prize in New York ceremonies.
R. James Applegate, chair, Department of Communication, U of Kentucky, presented the keynote address at the Kentucky Communication Association convention. His address focused on the role of communication research in addressing pressing issues facing higher education and society as a whole.
Bradley Greenberg, professor, Michigan State U, has been presented the Outstanding Faculty Award by the Michigan Association of Governing Boards, and the Crystal Apple Outstanding Educator Award by the MSU College of Education. Greenberg has received a $12,000 grant from the Institute for Children, Youth and Families, and a $5,000 grant from the National Association of Broadcasters. Greenberg has recently coauthored articles in the Journal of Behavioral and Social Sciences (with L. Rampoldi Hnilo); Journal of Radio Studies (with R. Busselle); Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media (with L. Collette); and Studies in Broadcasting (with M. Levy).
Craig W. Trumbo, assistant professor in Communication at Cornell U, has been awarded two grants from the National Science Foundation. The first is for an examination of individual and community risk judgment associated with state health agency communication during epidemiological investigations of suspected cancer clusters ($140,000, two years). The second grant is for a longitudinal case study of attitudes and social norms associated with domestic water conservation in the California-Nevada Truckee River Watershed ($208,000, three years).
Robert Kubey, associate professor of communication, Rutgers U, has been appointed director of the master's program in communication and information studies.
Charles Atkin has been named chair of the Department of Communication at Michigan State U, succeeding J. David Johnson, who has resumed teaching full-time after serving as chair for 6 years. Sandi Smith has been named assistant dean for undergraduate education, College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Atkin recently received two grants totaling $150,000 from the Michigan Public Health Institute to perform evaluation research and devise campaign strategies on firearm safety and on violence against women.
The Worcester Prize for Best Article of 1996 has been awarded to Robert Wyatt, Middle Tennessee State U; Elihu Katz, U of Pennsylvania; Hanna Levinsohn, Guttman Institute of Hebrew U; and Majid Al-Haj, Haifa U. The prize was awarded for an article published in the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 8, 229-247.
Dean Kruckeberg, professor and program coordinator, public relations, Department of Communication Studies, U of Northern Iowa, has been named winner of the $2000 Pathfinder Award of The Institute for Public Relations Research and Education.
L. Edna Rogers, professor, U of Utah, was named a 1997 Presidential Teaching Scholar. The award, given in recognition of a sustained record of excellence in teaching and scholarship, includes a $5,000 salary increment.
Mei Wu, a doctoral student in the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia U, Quebec, has been awarded a doctoral fellowship of $10,600 for her thesis project on the development of community cable television in the People's Republic of China. The scholarship is sponsored by the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation in cooperation with the Canadian Asian Studies Association.
Rolf Wigand, School of Information Studies, Syracuse U, has published a book (with A. Picot and R. Reichwald), Information, Organization and Management: Expanding Markets and Corporate Boundaries. He also edited a special issue on electronic commerce and wrote the lead article for The Information Society. Wigand received the 1997 Lang Rosen Silver Award for best article in the Journal of Technology Transfer.
Roderick P. Hart, Liddell professor communication and of government, U of Texas, Austin, has developed a Windows(tm)-based, text analysis program called Diction 4.0, which searches passages for 5 general features and 35 subfeatures to determine tone, writes reports about the texts it processes, and writes results to numeric files for later statistical analysis.
Kim Witte, associate professor, Michigan State U, has received a $31,024 grant from the State of Michigan Family Independence Agency and MSU Extension for her work on feeding the hungry. She has presented workshops on healthy eating and published an article on preventing teen pregnancy in the Journal of Community Health.
Janice Barrett has been appointed educational cochair of the new institute on the media and American democracy at Harvard. She is an assistant professor, mass communication, advertising, and public relations, at Boston U.
Robert J. Griffin, professor of journalism and director of the Center for Mass Media Research, was one of three Marquette U faculty members to receive a 1997 faculty award for teaching excellence. Each award includes a $2,500 stipend.