See the calendar on the right for the full schedule.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Grant Competition

From an email I recieved today from Diana Mutz:



The National Science Foundation, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, is funding opportunities for original data collection for research that has potential relevance to the concerns of DHS. Three broad substantive areas have been identified as relevant and likely avenues for research:

  1. Risk communication and its effects on disaster preparedness
  2. Government and individual attributions of responsibility and perceived responsiveness; and
  3. Inter-group threat and cooperation

Other areas of research with relevance to terrorism, disaster preparedness, or related public health and medical issues will also be considered.

Data collection for these projects will be paid for and conducted with the assistance of Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS). As with other TESS applications, only a short, 5 page proposal is required.

TESS offers researchers opportunities to test their experimental ideas on large, diverse, randomly selected subject populations, or on specific subsamples of the population (based on geographic location, demographics, or other criteria). For more information on this special call or on TESS opportunities more generally, and for examples of TESS studies completed in the past, please visit our home page at

PLEASE NOTE: For those with other areas of interest, TESS continues to fund data collection for survey-experimental work in all areas of the social sciences, and for graduate student and faculty investigators in all disciplines. These proposals are accepted on a rolling basis, and we will continue accepting new proposals as our funding allows.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Forum on Media and Participation

It is with some hesitancy that I post this link to a forum in Political Communication Reports (the newsletter of the ICA Political Communication division) about the link between media and participation. The hesitancy is because of self-interest, as I was a participant in the roundtable, discussing some of the research I've done with COPS members. Nonetheless, you may be interested in reading about it, so I post it here for you:

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Alyssa Morey Picks OSU

Alyssa Morey, a University of Wisconsin undergraduate, is the latest in the long line of students from around the country to commit to OSU and to become part of the COPS group. Alyssa has interests in media perceptions (especially the hostile media phenomenon), new technology, and political participation, among other topics. Please welcome her to our group! For now she can be reached at

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Teresa Myers Commits for PhD

Keeping the momentum going, I learned today that Teresa Myers, who completed her MA here in Winter quarter (Andrew Hayes adviser, Carroll Glynn committee member), will be staying on with us here at OSU/COPS for her PhD. Teresa, who was given early admission to the PhD after her first year in the MA program, has had a number of successes in research already, including a Top Three student paper at MAPOR this past fall and a forthcoming publication in Public Opinion Quarterly. Following in the footsteps of other MA students who have chosen to stay at OSU rather than leave for other programs -- including Lindsay Hoffman, Tiffany Thomson, and Jason Reineke -- it further demonstrates that the supportive yet challenging environment we offer produces both satisfaction and success. Glad to have you staying with us Teresa!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

...and one more

I am happy to report that Jay Hmielowski will be joining us in the Fall of 2007 to begin his Ph.D. If you are keeping track, you will know that so far, not a single potential COPS student who visited us at the end of March has decided to go elsewhere. We credit that to not only the resources OSU and the School provide to graduate students, but also to the friendly, collaborative environment that COPS provides to all of its members and that is so apparent to all who pay us a visit. Jay comes to us from Washington State University, where he is completing his Master's degree. Please welcome Jay with a comment, or directly by email to

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

COPS grows with the addition of Caryn Ragin

Please join me in welcoming Caryn Ragin, who will be joining OSU and COPS as an M.A. student beginning this Fall. Most COPS members would have met Caryn at our recent visitation day. She comes to us from Washington State University, where she did her undergraduate degree. She can be contacted at

Monday, April 02, 2007

Nick Geidner commits to OSU

I am happy to report that Nick Geidner, after visiting us during our recent graduate student recruitment day, has decided to commit to OSU to pursue his Ph.D. Nick joins Laurel Gleason in the list of new COPS students who have chosen OSU, and we expect that list to grow over the next several days as more and more students realize that other institutions simply cannot match the resources and work environment OSU offers. We look forward to seeing Nick at our weekly COPS meetings and around the halls of Derby. Until he arrives at OSU, he can be contacted at