2013 Fall News

Dr. Sorin Adam Matei Named Scientific Director

Dr. Sorin Adam Matei was named Scientific Director for Computational Social Science of the Cyber Center at Purdue University. Dr. Matei is an Associate Professor of Communication in the Brian Lamb School of Communication and Discovery Park Research Fellow. His research focuses on mining large datasets, including one that records all 250 million editorial interventions made to Wikipedia over a period of 10 years, to better understand how spontaneous knowledge production communities and knowledge markets evolve. In his new capacity, Dr. Matei will direct a series of lectures that straddle social, computer, and statistical sciences, will coordinate and stimulate the computational social scientific work at the Cyber Center, will lead research teams seeking federal funds, and will develop cross disciplinary graduate classes in the emerging field of computational social science.

Brian Lamb School of Communication Continues Head Search in Fall 2013

The search for a new School Head continues this fall with application review beginning November 4, 2013. For more information click here for posting and submission instructions

Lamb School Launches Fall 2013 Faculty Search for Two Positions in Communication

The School opened a search this Fall for two positions in Communication. The first, an Assistant Professor of Media Theory and Politics and the second, an Assistant Professor of Communication, Networks, and Innovation. Applications are now being accepted and review will begin October 15, 2013. Click here for posting and submission instructions

PPP Helps Resolve 13-year Chieftaincy Dispute in Ghana

Local citizens and leaders, with the assistance of the Purdue Peace Project (PPP), have helped to peacefully resolve a 13-year chieftaincy dispute in Berekum, Ghana. The announcement was made on September 9th, 2013. In Berekum political violence was imminent due to the two disputing factions of the Berekum Traditional area; the chieftaincy dispute could be used to foment trouble during and after Parliamentary and Presidential elections in Ghana. To help with the situation, the PPP facilitated meetings of members of key actor groups. Out of these meeting, a series of strategies for preventing violence were developed and the Berekum Peace Committee, all local citizens, was formed to enact the activities. The PPP worked with the Berekum Patrons, a group of highly intelligent and well-respected individuals in Ghana, to play an advisory role in strategizing to avert political violence in Berekum.

The Purdue Peace Project, directed by Dr. Stacey Connaughton of the Brian Lamb School of Communication, addresses situations in which violence appears to be imminent by empowering local leaders to take immediate action to prevent violence. PPP builds on the experience of local leaders in successfully preventing or ending armed conflict in their countries. The Berekum, Ghana initiative was PPP’s first initiative; since then PPP has taken on many other projects. Currently, PPP has two projects in Liberia, one of which focuses on a natural resource management issue and another that focuses on productively reintegrating pen-pen drivers into civic life. Additionally, PPP is working on an initiative in Nigeria that concentrates on enhancing the relationships among members of the Aluu community and the students of the University of Port Harcourt.

The first academic paper chronicling PPP’s work in Berekum recently received a top paper award from The Applied Communication Division of the National Communication Association (NCA). The paper will be presented at NCA’s national convention in Washington, D.C., November 20-24, 2013.

The Purdue Peace Project is funded by Purdue alumnus, Mr. Milton C. Lauenstein.

More information on the Purdue Peace Project and our initiatives can be found at http://www.cla.purdue.edu/ppp/. In addition, you may “Like” PPP on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PurduePeaceProject.

C-SPAN Opportunities - 2013 NCA Preconference & CFP for Purdue University Press Edited Collection

We’d like to invite you to participate in two exciting opportunities: NCA Preconference on the C-SPAN Archives; and a Call for Papers for a Purdue University Press collection of materials on discovery, learning, and engagement using the C-SPAN Archives.  For more information and NCA Preconference C-SPAN Archives schedule please click here.

First, on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, an NCA Preconference (PC-10) entitled “The C-SPAN Archives: An Interdisciplinary Resource for Discovery, Learning, and Engagement” will take place at the C-SPAN Headquarters located at 400 North Capitol Street, N.W., Suite 650 in Washington, DC. This preconference offers a unique opportunity to learn about the C-SPAN Archives from C-SPAN Founder and Executive Chairperson, Brian Lamb; President and Co-CEO, Susan Swain; Director of the C-SPAN Archives, Robert Browning; Ambassador Carolyn Curiel, Founder of Project IMPACT (Intersection of Media, Policy and Communication Technology); and scholars from across disciplines who use the C-SPAN Archives for discovery, engagement, and teaching including project-based, service-learning opportunities. In addition, Roderick P. Hart, Dean of the College of Communication, The University of Texas at Austin, will present the C-SPAN Archives Distinguished Lecture, “A New Look at Partisan Talk in the U.S.”  

The cost for “The C-SPAN Archives” preconference is $40 which covers morning beverages, lunch, afternoon snacks, as well as preconference materials and a tour of C-SPAN. The full schedule is available on the NCA Website as well as on the website for the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University, the home of the C-SPAN Archives. Feel free to contact preconference co-organizers Patrice Buzzanell (buzzanel@purdue.edu) and Glenn Sparks (sparks@purdue.edu) for further details.

Second, there will be an edited collection published by Purdue University Press featuring the C-SPAN Archives and featuring multidisciplinary discovery, learning, and engagement based on the Archives. We invite abstracts of 500 words or less for review and possible inclusion in this edited book.  Invited chapters are based on the NCA Preconference (mentioned above) as well as the NCA DC Connections Panel, “Connecting C-SPAN Archives with Communications Initiatives” to be held on Friday, November  22nd, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM, in the Marriott Wardman Park Room: Virginia A - Lobby Level. For information about abstract submission and publication guidelines, please contact C-SPAN Archives Director, Robert Browning (rxb@purdue.edu). Please note that participation in the Preconference is desirable but not required for publication in this book.

New Civic Communication Institute Sponsors Energy Forum

Purdue Institute for Civic Communication is hosting an energy forum dealing with fossil fuels, renewable energy and Purdue research on Sept. 13 (view poster). The forum will feature nationally-known scientists, industry leaders, and journalists, including our school's namesake, Brian Lamb. The event is from 1:30-6 p.m. in Stewart Center's Loeb Hall and is free and open to the public. It will live-streamed at http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/s9o5c.

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