Brian Lamb School of Communication
Robert Browning, Associate Professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication and the Department of Political Science, and director of C-SPAN Archives was awarded the Faculty Engagement Scholar Award from the Purdue Office of Engagement. This award, given annually, recognizes and rewards outstanding accomplishments that exemplify the highest levels of excellence in the scholarship of engagement, reinforces the core characteristics of the scholarship of engagement, and promotes engagement as a powerful vehicle for fostering change.
Robin Clair, a Professor of Communication and a 2015-2016 Center for Artistic Endeavor Awardee for her proposed project titled: Water into Blood: A Case of Social Justice.
Water, earth’s most precious resource, is at the heart of the novel. The demise of ancient Mayan civilization has been linked to a decades-long drought, which led to strife among and between Mayan nations. The book opens with this struggle and moves to the contemporary world in which a similar struggle is playing itself out via water wars involving corporate greed, government corruption, and mass movements. The novel is set in Nicaragua where a teenager named Miguel and his mother, Sophia, help investigative reporter, Caleb Barthes, to uncover corporate greed surrounding water rights. Friendship, love, betrayal, and tragedy ensue.
During Professor Clair’s career as an educator and author, she has inspired, challenged, moved people emotionally, broadened the discussion of social justice and most importantly has given her reader the courage to discuss critical questions about the world around them. She has an amazing gift as a writer and introduces important social themes into her works. She uses her compassion to seek social change.
Stacey Connaughton, Associate Professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication and Principal Investigator & Director of the Purdue Peace Project, has been chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Humanitarian Award of the Lafayette chapter of the Association for Women in Communications for her work with the Purdue Peace project in Liberia on Ebola awareness.
Steve Wilson, professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication who has been selected as a Fellow of the International Communication Association (ICA). Fellow status in ICA recognizes distinguished scholarly contributions to the broad field of communication, and recipients are chosen based on their documented record of scholarly achievement, service to ICA, and socially or professionally significant service to business, government, or education. This award is the highest scholarly recognition given by one of the largest communication associations in the world.