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Faculty Activities and Accomplishments
Department of Communication
Professor Galina Bolden published a book chapter entitled: "Implementing Delayed Actions" in Conversation Analysis: Comparative Perspectives, edited by Jack Sidnell and printed by Cambridge University Press (pages 326-355).
Department of Journalism and Media Studies
Professor David Greenberg published a chapter entitled: “The Liberal Eclipse – and Reorientation,” in Living in the 1980s, Gil Troy and Vincent J. Cannato, editors, New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
Professor Regina Marchi was invited to be a Marsico Visiting Scholar at the University of Denver's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, from October 26 until October 29, 2009, giving a total of four lectures to graduate and undergraduate classes regarding the representation of minorities in the mass media and qualitative research methods for studying diverse populations.
Department of Library and Information Science
Professor Carol Gordon had her book published entitled: Make the Grade for the Information Explorer series.
Professor Marie Radford published two refereed papers in the online 2009 Proceedings of the 72nd ASIS&T Annual Meeting, “Thriving on Diversity – Information Opportunities in a Pluralistic World”, edited by Andrew Grove.  The papers were delivered as panel presentations and were titled: “Thriving on Theory: A New Model for Virtual Reference Encounters and Quality Inquiry: User Perspectives on Virtual Reference Practice”.  They were co-authored with Lynn S. Connaway.
Student Activities and Accomplishments
Ph.D. Program in Communication, Information and Library Studies
Ph.D. student Emily Knox had her book published entitled: Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan on a Shoestring.  The book was published by Neal-Schuman (NY), October 2009.
Ph.D. student Erin Christie published an article entitled: “A bookstore-café: An exploration of the blurring of the public and private spheres”, in Kaleidoscope: A graduate journal of qualitative communication research, 7, 1-16, October 2009.
The following papers were presented by Ph.D. students at the New York State Communication Association Conference, held in Ellenville, New York, on October 23-25, 2009:
Erin Christie, “Examining Technology and Community within the Scholarship”.
Andrius Kirkyla, “Credibility and Websites”.
Richard Lee, “Politics and Internet Use”.
Sandra Mardenfeld, “Conversations about Confidentiality”.
The papers presented by Ms. Christie and Mr. Kirkyla were also on the Top Graduate Paper Panel:  A New Generation of Outstanding Scholars.
Ph.D. student Isra Ali presented a paper entitled: “Liberated Voices and the ‘War on Terror’ in American Media” at the Gender, Media and the Public Sphere Conference, held in Coimbra, Portugal, on October 22-24, 2009.

Ph.D. student Dara Persis Murray presented a paper entitled: “Taking on the Wedding Industrial Complex: a Feminist Analysis of the Contemporary Western Ideology of Female Bridal Beauty” at the 18th Annual Women & Society Conference, held at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, on October 23, 2009.

Jeanette de Richemond

Ph.D. student Jeanette de Richemond  presented a poster entitled: “What is Enough Information to Make a Medical Decision” at the Tri-Chapter (Middle Atlantic, New York, Pennsylvania) Regional Conference of the Medical Library Association held in Atlantic City, NJ in October.

Ph.D. student Richard Lee was elected to the Executive Board of the New York State Communication Association.


Two Ph.D. students presented papers at the Association of Internet Researches Annual Conference (AOIR), held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on October 6-10, 2009
Miriam Benovitz, “Global Deliberation? Reconstructing Online Argumentation Tools”.
Seong Eun Cho, “Cultural Differences in Self-Presentation on SNSs: A Cross-cultural Comparison between Americans and Koreans”.
Ph.D. student Marianne Martens presented a paper entitled: “ Reading Around the World: Evaluating Danish Children’s Use of the International Children’s Digital Library” at the United States Board on Books for Young People Conference, held in St. Charles, Illinois, on October 1- 4, 2009.

Ph.D. student Alena Vasilyeva presented a paper entitled: “Shaping Mediation Talk: The Interrelation of Activity and Identity” at the 1st Autumn Conference of Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction Section of ECREA, held in Tampere, Finland, on October 21-23, 2009.

Public/Community Service; Outreach Efforts
Department of Communication

Professor Galina Bolden taught a workshop, "Tips for International Teaching Assistants" for the Teaching Assistant Project of the Graduate School-New Brunswick on October 21, 2009.

Professor James E. Katz participated in a faculty panel on Intergenerational Communication Issues, Rutgers University Libraries’ Diversity Education Initiative, New Brunswick, NJ, on October 20, 2009.  Professor Katz moderated a panel in the Rutgers University Global Initiatives program entitled: “Public information or mass panic? The thin line in communicating about health and ecological crises”, on October 16, 2009.  Professor Katz was interviewed by The New York Times and The Economist concerning his research.

Department of Library and Information Science

Professor Lilia Pavlovsky participated in a faculty panel on Intergenerational Communication Issues.  Her talk was titled: Native or Immigrant? Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age.

Professor Marie Radford gave a plenary presentation: “Challenges, Realities & Possibilities for Excellence in Adult Services” at the New Jersey Library Association’s Adult Services Forum at the Monmouth County Library System Headquarters in Manalapan, NJ, on October 28, 2009.  Professor Radford also moderated two panels at this year’s LACUNY Institute: “Library Leadership: The Next Generation” at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, on October 23, 2009.

Professor Claire McInerney presented a Webinar on October 20, 2009 for Library Journal that entailed giving a presentation online to a registered audience of 726 people in the U.S. and elsewhere.  The program was titled: "Training Up in Tough Economic Times."

Professor Lilia Pavlovsky presented a paper at the 2009 Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning titled: “Groupwork? Are you kidding me? The analysis of collaboration in an online learning environment”.

Grants and Fundraising Efforts
Department of Library and Information Science

Professor Michael Lesk and Aleksandra Sarcevic, a recent SC&I Ph.D. graduate, have been awarded an NSF research grant entitled: "HCC-Small: Collaborative Research: Assessing Technology Requirements for Preventing Teamwork Errors in Safety-Critical Settings."  The award (totaling $497,000, of which Rutgers' part is $348,000) will support research in error identification and information use in trauma resuscitation.  Professor Lesk and Dr. Sarcevic will collaborate with Dr. Meredith Tinti of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ and Dr. Randall Burd of Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC.  The researchers will be recording and analyzing what happens during real trauma care and in training simulations.  The goal is to find improvements in either technology or emergency room procedures support that will make trauma care more efficient and more accurate.

Conferences, Seminars, Other Events
Department of Communication

Professor Marya Doerfel presented “Using Network Analysis to Understand Interorganizational Relationships” at the University at Buffalo as part of their Distinguished Alumni Series.

Professor James E. Katz gave an invited talk entitled: “Mobile phones as a format for artistic expression: Folk creativity, industrial design and aesthetic impulses” at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center of Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, on October 19, 2009.

Professor Craig Scott with coauthor S. C. D’Urso of Marquette University presented a paper titled: “Digital divides within organizations and across time: Access and currency differences related to new media in the workplace” at the annual convention of the Association of Internet Researchers in Milwaukee, WI.
Professor Craig Scott and Ph.D. students Hyunsook Youn and Gillian Bonanno gave a talk titled: “Mobile communication policies in the workplace: A preliminary assessment of U.S. state governments” at the Mobile Communication and Social Policy conference in New Brunswick, NJ.
Department of Journalism and Media Studies

Professor David Greenberg was featured in a History Channel documentary entitled: The Kennedy Assassination: 24 Hours After, which aired October 25, 2009.  He also appeared on the NPR show To the Point, with Warren Olney, KCRW, Los Angeles, on October 16, 2009 and on the Pacifica show Insighters, KPFK Radio, Los Angeles, on October 15, 2009.

Department of Library and Information Science

Professors Nicholas Belkin and Jacek Gwizdka, PostDoc Ralf Bierig, with Ph.D. students Michael Cole, Chang Liu and Jingjing Liu participated in the 3rd Annual Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval (HCIR '09) in Washington, D.C. http://cuaslis.org/hcir2009/. Jingjing Liu and Michael Cole presented a paper co-authored by the group entitled: "Usefulness as the Criterion for Evaluation of Interactive Information Retrieval". Professor Gwizdka also presented a poster "Cognitive Load and Web Search Tasks".

Professor Carol Gordon moderated a panel, “Teaching in the 21st Century” at the School Library Summit, "Librarians as leaders of 21st Century Learning" in Washington, D.C.  Professor Gordon also presented "What Does it Mean to be Literate in the 21st Century" at the Massachusetts Association of School Librarians in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

Professor Waller Hastings was a respondent to a conference, "Recreating Oz," at Kansas State University, on October 3, 2009.