At the National Association of Broadcasters/Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts BECA (Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts) Lecturer Gina Baleria received the best of competition award for faculty interactive multimedia in the documentary/promotional/informational category for "Getting Lean: A Journey Toward Better Health Care." Associate Professor of BECA Jeff Jacoby received the best of competition award for faculty audio in the short-form production category for "Dark Ride," and Associate Professor of BECA Marie Drennan won the award of excellence for faculty Web series for "Karlie's Angels -- Poetic Justice." Also, six students won awards (two first place, one second place and three honorable mentions).
Professor of Communication Studies Gust A. Yep coauthored the chapter "Pushing Boundaries: Toward the Development of a Model for Transing Communication in (Inter)Cultural Contexts" with teaching associates and graduate students Sage E. Russo and Jace Allen. The chapter was published in the book "Transgender Communication Studies: Histories, Trends and Trajectories" (Lexington Books, 2015). The anthology is the first volume on transgender studies in the communication discipline. The chapter introduces "transing," a process with similarities to "queering," and presents a model for examining and researching transgender communication within and across cultures.
On March 7, Professor of Comparative and World Literature and English Ellen Peel spoke at the annual conference of the International Society for the Study of Narrative in Chicago. Her topic was "Ideology and Unnatural Narratology: Who Believes in the Big Bad Wolf?"