Frequently Featured Faculty (March 2022-June 2021)
Glen Nowak, director of the Center for Health and Risk Communication, has written about and has been widely quoted about COVID-19 and the race for a vaccine. A sample of the media outlets that have included comments from Nowak include:
Congratulations to Glen Nowak on his appointment to the steering committee of the Society of Health Communication, a 4,000 member-based organization that works to advance the science of health communication. (Feb. 8, 2022)
Congratulations to Keith Wilson of our EMST faculty, on the virtual premiere of his new film, “I Didn’t See You There,” at the Sundance Film Festival. Wilson produced the film about a man who sees the world from his wheelchair.
Janice Hume, our Carter Chair for Excellence in Journalism, is quoted in the @washingtonpost
about the power of obituaries: “An obituary is the last public memory we have of a person, and…how we remember individuals is important.” (Dec. 15, 2021)
Glen Nowak, associate dean for research and graduate studies, talks with the Washington Examiner about President Biden and the pandemic: bit.ly/3mdMvy0 (Oct. 25, 2021)
Bryan Reber, our C. Richard Yarbrough Professor in Crisis Communication Leadership, talked with @wsyx6 about the COVID booster shot communications. Raising expectations before the data on boosters was released might have been a “self-inflicted wound.” (Sept. 24, 2021)
Jonathan Peters is included in this story from Quartz about a news social media law in Texas and if it violates Constitutional law. (September 14, 202)
Glen Nowak was quoted in this story from Roll Call: COVID-19 booster debate rages days before target rollout date. (September 15, 2021)
Wunpini Mohammed of our Department of Entertainment and Media Studies wrote an article published in the Washington Post about an anti-LGBTQI bill in Ghana that is the outcome of institutionalized homophobia; Religious organizations, politicians and the media have worked together to preach bigotry to everyday Ghanaians. (Sept. 8, 2021)
Janice Hume of our Dept. of Journalism, is interviewed by ABC Radio National in Australia about the social history of the obituary. Hume said obituaries typically want to remember what’s positive about the person and play down controversies. (May 13, 2021)
Janice Hume wrote a short essay about how obituaries are written to highlight positive aspects of people’s lives and avoid negative experiences. It was published by The Conversation. (April 12, 2021)
Hye Jin Yoon of our Department of Advertising and Public Relations and a team of researchers from the University of Akron study pseudo-reviews of products and their impact. The research was published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior. (April 8, 2021)
Glen Nowak was quoted in USA Today about the difficulties in distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. (Feb 1, 2020)
Kyser Lough of our journalism faculty talks about his research in visual communication and his interest in concert photography in the latest episode of The Digital People podcast. (Jan. 26, 2021)
Proud to have Glen Nowak participate in the annual UGA Dean Rusk International Center conference (which is virtual this year) on January 25. The conference this year focused on “The Future of Global Health Governance,” and Nowak spoke on a panel on “How can governments, organizations, and the law maximize vaccine acceptance?” The others on the panel are Shawn Harmon, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia; Saad Omer, Yale School of Medicine; and Dorit Reiss, University of California Hastings Law School. (Jan. 25, 2021)
Joseph Watson, Jr. talks with WJBF about what impeachment looks like at the end of the term: “There’s always the possibility of violence…when you have criminal trials or popular figures involved. That doesn’t mean you don’t do them.” (Jan. 12, 2021)
Glen Nowak, director of our Center for Health and Risk Communication, is quoted in USA Today about the COVID vaccine education plan: “You have to match up your message with people’s ability to actually get what you’re promoting,” he said. bit.ly/3rPM9yD (Dec. 31, 2020)
Joseph Watson, Jr. talks with 11 Alive News about negative political ads. “They do work. The ad has the ability to shape the media’s narrative around them and shape the electorate’s views of them,” Watson said. (Dec. 2, 2020)
Karin Assmann talks with @mediasres on the German Deutschlandfunk about Jon Ossoff’s credentials as a journalist and how his self-identification as an investigative journalist may help or hurt him in his Senate campaign. (Nov. 26, 2020)
Wunpini Mohammed was featured in a video from The Guardian where she discussed the globalization and representation of African media.
Dean Charles Davis talks with Georgia Hollywood Reporter about why he turned to teaching, what makes a good interview and the rewards of being an author. View the Instagram interview on video.
Glen Nowak was an invited presenter/speaker at a meeting of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, an entity that advises the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services. He was one of four people invited to speak to the Committee on “Building Confidence in the U.S. immunization system before, during, and after COVID-19 vaccine implementation.” Nowak also was also interviewed by the Associated Press about two appointees to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Atlanta headquarters by the White House.
Joseph Watson, Jr. of the Public Affairs Communications program is interviewed on WSB-TV about polls and the election. “Polls are snapshots in time and I encourage everyone to look at a series of polls…but ultimately the only poll that counts is…the actual vote.” (Oct. 13, 2020)
David Clementson of AdPR talks with Sputnik News about the vice presidential debate. “…while the vice presidential candidates can be intriguing and inspire speculation…voters are voting for president not vice president.” (Oct. 6, 2020)
Neil Landau (MFA ’18), our director of screenwriting in our MFA Film program, was interviewed on the Atlanta Film Chat Podcast by Chuck Thomas. Listen to the podcast: atlantafilmchat.com. (Oct. 6, 2020)
Congratulations to Grace Ahn, one member of the team of UGA researchers, on winning top paper honors from the I/ITSEC Simulation Committee. The research brings military families, and others separated by distance, together through virtual reality. (Oct. 5, 2020)
Grace Ahn of our AdPR department talks with IOSNewsSA about moderating bad news:
“Unfortunately, a lot of information is negative these days, and we’re motivated to pay more attention to negative news… because it has a direct linkage to our survival.” (Aug. 10, 2020)
Joseph Watson, Jr. was interviewed by 11 Alive News about the obligation of TV stations to air political ads. “They have to take that ad, and the network is not liable for airing that even if it’s potentially slanderous…,” Watson said. (July 27, 2020)
Congratulations to James Biddle of our EMST faculty, who is now a certified instructor of Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve. Our college is now a Blackmagic Learning Partner for DaVinci resolve certification instruction.
Anne Gilbert of our EMST faculty quoted in the @TheAtlantic about the alternate fan groups for My Little Pony. “This is a fan community that has prided itself on…pushing boundaries and cloaking themselves in irony…” Gilbert said. (June 23, 2020)
Booker T. Mattison’s latest short film, “Ungubani (Who Are You?),” has been picked up by The Urban Movie Channel, which will distribute it beginning January 2021.
Shira Chess, associate professor in EMST, writes in MIT Press about top mobile games for non gamers. (March 23, 2020)
Carolina Acosta-Alzuru of our @AdPR_UGA faculty is quoted in The Washington Post about the first telenovela, “El Corazon Nunca se equivoca,” that features a gay couple. (pay wall)
Congratulations to Vicki Michaelis and Carlo Finlay of Grady Sports for having their New Approaches to Promote Diversity and Inclusion grant renewed. This grant helps support the UGA-Grady High School Sports Broadcast Program: t.uga.edu/5bS
Congratulations to Dean Charles Davis (MA ’92), on the publication of the second edition of “Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records,” with co-author Dan Cullier.
Andy Kavoori has been selected for a Fulbright award. He will serve as the Garcia-Robles-Fulbright Distinguished Chair in U.S. Studies at the Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico for the Spring 2020 academic term. He will teach courses on American Media, Culture and Politics, plus conduct ethnographic research on Son Jarocho, a regional and diasporic entertainment media form.
Taylor Cole Miller, assistant professor, Entertainment and Media Studies, will be the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and UGA nominee for a Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship from the Whiting Foundation. This is a national and very prestigious competition. The Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship celebrates and supports faculty in the humanities who embrace public engagement as part of the scholarly vocation.
Congratulations to Lori Johnston (ABJ ’95, MFA ’17), of our Department of Journalism, for being named a finalist in the Religion Reporting Excellence Awards presented by Religion News Association. Johnston is being recognized for for her writing for The Washington Post.
Glen Nowak, director of the Center for Health & Risk Communication and professor of advertising, will participate in a panel session on vaccination hesitancy at the June 4, 2019, meeting of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) in Washington, D.C. NVAC is a Department of Health and Human Services advisory committee. He will present research that Michael Cacciatore, Nate Evans, and Nowak completed regarding vaccination confidence and hesitancy.
Congratulations to Juan Meng, associate professor of public relations, for receiving the Most Dedicated Reviewer recognition from the International Communication Association Public Relations Division.
Jeffrey P. Jones, Executive Director Peabody Awards, Lambdin Kay Professor, Entertainment & Media Studies, talks about the 78th annual Peabody winners in Variety, May 17, 2019. “We look for stories that are very connected to the sociopolitical world, or the moment that we’re in as a society,” Jones said.
Congratulations to John Weatherford, lecturer in the New Media Institute, on being selected to participate in the 2019 UGA Active Learning Summer Institute. Hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Institute is a three-week intensive program for 12 faculty to redesign courses and implement evidence-based instructional strategies that engage students in the learning process.
Bryan Reber, the C. Richard Yarbrough Professor in Crisis Communication Leadership and AdPR department head, and Juan Meng, associate professor of public relations, publish the North American Communication Monitor, addressing topics including “fake news” and how to tackle it, how communicators provide insights for decision-making and leadership performance. The survey is sponsored by the Plank Center at the University of Alabama.