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communication studies Accomplishments

Jun 21, 2018
The UNLV Debate Team (Communication Studies) was recognized at the Clark County Board of Commissioners meeting for their outstanding achievements in the 2017-18 season. Commissioner Jim Gibson invited head coach Jake Thompson (Communication Studies) and members of the Debate Team to the June 19  meeting to be recognized with an official county proclamation.

Jun 14, 2018
Szu-Ping Lee, Ya-Ting Hsu (both Physical Therapy), and Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health), along with two alums, Marissa Toberman, '12 BS Kinesiology and '15 Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Betina Bair, '03 BA Communication Studies and '15 Doctor of Physical Therapy, co-authored “Gender and Posture are Significant Risk Factors to Musculoskeletal Symptoms during Touchscreen Tablet Computer Use.” The study, which noted that among all postural factors, sitting without back support was the most important risk factor for having musculoskeletal symptoms, appeared in a recent issue of the Journal of Physical Therapy Science.  

Jun 7, 2018
Erika Engstrom (Communication Studies) presented "Ironic Faith: Shades of Religious Renewal in AMC's The Walking Dead" at the annual conference of the Eastern Communication Association in Pittsburgh in April.  

May 31, 2018
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication) is a contributor to the new edited volume, Virtual Dark Tourism: Ghost Roads. Her chapter, titled "Thanaviewing, the Aokigahara Forest, and Orientalism: Rhetorical Separations between the Self and Other in The Forest" analyzes how using Japan's Aokigahara Forest as a backdrop for the horror film The Forest functions to orientalize Japanese people and culture and to minimize the real social and cultural concerns of suicide in Japan.

Apr 9, 2018
Jacob Thompson (Communication Studies) was awarded The George Ziegelmueller Coaching Excellence Award by the Board of Trustees of the National Debate Tournament at this year's national championship tournament for policy debate. He is the director of UNLV's top-five nationally ranked debate team, the Sanford I. Berman Debate Forum. The award is named for former Wayne State University debate coach George Ziegelmueller. It is presented to a faculty member who has distinguished himself or herself in the communication profession while coaching teams to competitive success at the NDT.  Thompson said receiving the award was particularly meaningful to him because Ziegelmueller was his coach when he was an undergraduate student debating at Wayne State.

Mar 13, 2018
Claudia Chiang-Lopez (Communication Studies) participated in a panel discussion this month following a screening of the Great Basin Water Network's and the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada's "Great Basin Water Grab" documentary films at the Clark County Wetlands. The films focus on the disastrous effects a proposed $15.5 billion water pipeline from rural Nevada to Las Vegas would create for our state.

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."