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Valenti School weekly update 8.27.14

CHOI, HOJOON & Leonard N. Reid (2014). Students as subjects in food advertising studies. An appraisal of appropriateness. Appetite, 81(1), 218-224.

CHOI, HOJOON & Jeffrey K. Springston (2014). How to Use Health and Nutrition-Related (HNR) Claims Effectively on Food Advertising: Comparison of Benefit-seeking, Risk-avoidance, and Taste Appeals on Different Food Categories. Journal of Health Communication (ahead-of-print), 1-17.

JENNIFER VARDEMAN-WINTER was a fellow in the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication, School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the Florida International University and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Commission on the Status of Women. Montreal, Canada.

In June, JENNIFER VARDEMAN-WINTER was accepted to the Class of 2014 for the 7th annual Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy, held at Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication in Baton Rouge, LA.

JENNIFER VARDEMAN-WINTER won a Top Faculty Paper award from the Commission on the Status of Women at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication for her paper titled, “Empowerment messages with women from underserved communities: Expanding a theory of women’s communication about health.” The paper was presented in August in Montreal.

JENNIFER VARDEMAN-WINTER, ROBYN LYN (M.A. candidate), and RAKHEE SHARMA (M.A. candidate) presented their paper, "Survivor-to-survivor communication model: How organizations can use post-disaster interviewing to facilitate grassroots crisis communication,” to the Public Relations Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Montreal in August.

JENNIFER VARDEMAN-WINTER was elected as the incoming research chair for the Commission on the Status of Women of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication for the 2014-2015 year.

TEMPLE NORTHUP, SUZANNE BUCK and JULIE FIX participated in several student and parent orientation sessions and lunches over the summer months. UH faculty members were invited to assist with transfer and new student and parent orientations to share what faculty expect from students and to offer tips about how to succeed at UH.

BOB HEATH & Damion Waymer. (2014). John Brown, public relations, terrorism, and social capital: ‘His Truth Goes Marching On.’ Public Relations Inquiry, 3, 209-226.

BOB HEATH & Damion Waymer. (2014). Terrorism: Social capital, social construction, and constructive society? Public Relations Inquiry, 3, 227-244.

BOB HEATH, JAE LEE, & Michael Palenchar (M.A.), presented “Risk Communication and Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs): Longitudinal Analysis of Emergency Response Awareness and Practices” at the International Public Relations Research Conference, Miami, Florida, March 13, 2014.

BOB HEATH presented “Public Relations’ Role in Engagement: Functions, Voices, and Narratives,” the lead presentation at the pre-conference on Engagement as Theory, Strategy, and Practice: Communication, Interaction, and Corporate Social Responsibility at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Seattle, Washington, May 23, 2014.

BOB HEATH participated in the annual planning session for the International Encyclopedia of Communication, an ICA project, May 25, 2014. He also participated in the editorial board meeting for Management Communication Quarterly.

BOB HEATH presented “Legitimating Intelligence: Design, Public Engagement, and the Right to Operate and Reward,” at the Barcelona Public Relations Conference #4, Barcelona, Spain, June 25, 2014. This paper was presented in a Plenary Session sharing that title which HEATH organized, and it included Michael Palenchar (M.A.) who spoke on critical theory approaches to the legitimacy of risk communication.

BOB HEATH, Irina Locke and Peter Seele. presented “Grass with No Roots: How Astroturf Lobbying Undermines OPR’s Intention to Promote Good in Society,” at the Barcelona Public Relations Conference #4, Barcelona, Spain, June 25, 2014.

BOB HEATH presented the conference summary in the closing plenary session, at the Barcelona Public Relations Conference #4, Barcelona, Spain, June 26, 2014.

BOB HEATH & Damion Waymer, “John Brown, Public Relations, Terrorism, and Social Capital: ‘His Truth Goes Marching On,’” Paper presented at the International History of Public Relations Conference in Bournemouth, England, July 2, 2014.

BOB HEATH was a participant in a plenary session on editing and publishing at the International History of Public Relations Conference in Bournemouth, England, July 3, 2014.

BOB HEATH & Katherine McComas. Interest, Interest Whose Interest Is at Risk? Risk Governance, Issues Management, and the Fully Functioning Society, in Risk Governance: The Articulation of Hazard, Politics, and Ecology. (Urbano Fra Paleo, ed.). Springer Press.

Over the summer BOB HEATH was invited to serve on the editorial boards of Communication & Society and Marketing Intelligence and Planning. During this period he reviewed two book proposals and eleven journal submissions.

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Dr. Northup is a professor at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication. He lived in LA for seven years where he wrote in the entertainment industry. After writing for television, he decided to study the effects that watching television has on an individual. He currently teaches a documentary film class and persuasion.

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