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communication studies Accomplishments

Dec 18, 2017
Randy Dexter (Communication Studies) and Jefferson Detrick (Public Administration) were among those who graduated from the Student Veterans of America's 2017 Leadership Institute. Expected to be the leaders of tomorrow, the 93 graduates completed intensive leadership training over three days with access to distinguished leaders including former President George W. Bush. Identified as the highest-performing student veterans in higher education, they traveled to the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas to receive nearly 15 hours of intensive classroom training from business and industry leaders. This premier training for emerging leaders in post-secondary education focused on teaching a personal leadership ethos and how to apply it. Graduates defined their personal leadership vision and developed an action plan to implement that vision in chapters, colleges, and communities across America.  

Oct 31, 2017
The UNLV Debate Team (Communication Studies) of Matthew Gomez (Political Science) and Jeffrey Horn (Economics) won the Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament, held at UNLV in October.  Gomez and Horn finished the preliminary debates with a perfect 7-0 record, defeating teams from Gonzaga, Arizona State University, the University of Wyoming, the University of Iowa, and the University of Texas. They qualified for the elimination rounds of the tournament as the top-seeded team, out of 52 different competitors. In the elimination rounds, they defeated the University of Wyoming and then a string of three different teams from the University of California, Berkeley in the Elite Eight, the Final Four, and then the championship round. This was the duo's third tournament and first tournament win of the year. At their first two tournaments earlier this year they advanced to the Elite Eight against fields of more than 100 teams. Jacob Thompson (Communication Studies) serves as the head debate coach.   

Oct 17, 2017
Donovan Conley (Communication Studies) and Benjamin Burroughs (Journalism and Media Studies) presented a paper, "Welcome to the Techno-Jungle: Black Mirror and the Traumas of Pre-Political Inoculation" at the Affect, Activism, and New Media Conference at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in October. 

Aug 25, 2017
Donovan Conley (Communication Studies) has published a new co-edited collection, along with Stephen J. Hartnett and Lisa Keranen,  Imagining China: Rhetorics of Nationalism in an Age of Globalization (Michigan State University Press). The essays in this collection offer critical readings of the "China imaginary" as it is rhetorically co-authored between the world's two largest and most powerful nations, China and the United States. Covering topics ranging from official political discourse and its dissenters to "ecologies of risk" (health, food, breast feeding, pollution) to the politics of culture (technology, art, consumerism), this volume offers an ambitious yet focused set of readings from an international gathering of critical communication scholars. As blurbed, the book "is indispensable reading not only for intercultural communication scholars, government officials, educators, students, and political scientists but for anyone keenly interested in the unforgettable power of words to move our thoughts and actions." 

Aug 24, 2017
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) authored an essay about the life-sized replica of Noah's Ark in Kentucky that is part of the Answers in Genesis, a creationist nonprofit. The article, "Ark Encounter as Material Apocalyptic Rhetoric: Contemporary Creationist Strategies On Board Noah's Ark,"  has been published in the Southern Communication Journal. It analyzes the site as an example of the apocalyptic genre, which aims to gain converts to Christianity and creationism through an immersive experience.

Aug 16, 2017
Erika Engstrom (Communication Studies) presented "Positive Disruption: Gender, Popular Communication, and the Growth Mindset" at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication held in Chicago in August. Her presentation addressed the use of disruption in teaching feminist concepts and making students aware of gender inequality in a range of mass media forms in order to encourage growth mindedness.

Jul 24, 2017
Donovan Conley (Communication Studies), Janet Dufek (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Jennifer Rennels (Psychology) have been named Graduate Faculty Fellows for the 2017-18 academic year. The Graduate Faculty Fellows Program allows UNLV faculty and the Graduate College to work together on projects each academic year. The program brings faculty expertise and insight into the Graduate College as well as builds and sustains close relationships between the college and the departments and programs it serves. Congratulations to this year’s fellows, who will begin their one-year appointment in August.

May 2, 2017
Larissa Terán (Communication Studies), Jonathan Birds, Anna Caputo, Rich Easter, Rosa Rosas, and Mark Sakurada (all Public Policy and Leadership) received honors at the 8th annual Greenspun College of Urban Affairs' (GCUA) Graduate Research Symposium in April. The symposium offers graduate students in GCUA the opportunity to present their research to the college, UNLV, and the community at large. Judges for the event were Robert Ulmer, GCUA dean; Chris Heavey, dean of the College of Liberal Arts; and Kendall Hartley, associate dean of the Graduate College. The graduate student research awardees are: 1st Place: Larissa Terán, department of communication studies 2nd Place: Jonathan Birds, School of Public Policy and Leadership 3rd Place: Anna Caputo, Rich Easter, Rosa Rosas, and Mark Sakurada, School of Public Policy and Leadership    

Apr 18, 2017
Jennifer Guthrie (Communication Studies) and Adrianne Kunkel of the University of Kansas were awarded the 2016 B. Aubrey Fisher Outstanding Journal Article Award from the Western States Communication Association for their article, "Survivor: Women's Stories of Navigation and Tensions in a Domestic Violence Shelter."

Apr 4, 2017
Erika Engstrom (Communication Studies) is the author of Feminism, Gender, and Politics in NBC's Parks and Recreation, which just has been published (Peter Lang, New York). This book analyzes the various ways the series presented feminism as a positive force, such as the satirical portrayal of patriarchy; alternative depictions of masculinity; the feminist ideology and political career of main character Leslie Knope; the inclusion of actual political figures; and depictions of love and romance as related to feminism.