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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Congrats to S.J. for his Publication!

Our own S.J. Min is the sole-author of a recent publication in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication entitled Online vs. Face-to-Face Deliberation: Effects on Civic Engagement. The paper, based on an experiment S.J. conducted here at OSU, concludes that both online and FTF deliberation about politics can increase knowledge, efficacy, and willingness to participate in politics.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Academic year off to a great start for COPS

First, congratulations to Myiah Hively for her sole-authored top-two paper at MAPOR, which continues the group's five year streak of wins at this public opinion conference. Graduate students Michael Beam, Nick Geidner, Laurel Gleason, Jay Hmielowski, Heather LaMarre, Kristen Landreville, Teresa Myers, and Chris Shen were all authors on MAPOR papers as well. Faculty members Chip Eveland, Lance Holbert, Young Mie Kim, and Mike McCluskey also had papers at MAPOR, as did COPS alumni Tiffany Thomson and Lindsay Hoffman. Way to make an impact at the group's main autumn conference everyone!

We also had some great student research presentations to the group this quarter by Jay Hmielowski; Myiah Hively & Kristen Landreville; Micheal Beam, Kristen Landreville, & Heather LaMarre; and Teresa Myers.

Opportunities for future research abound, as we heard in October from faculty members Lance Holbert, Kelly Garrett, Mike McCluskey, Chip Eveland and Andy Hayes about the many data sets available exclusively to COPS students and faculty for analysis.

Last but certainly not least, COPS was instrumental in attracting soon-to-be Cornell Ph. D. Erik Nisbet to join the School's faculty as an assistant professor in strategic communication starting Autumn 2008. Welcome Erik!

The group has a lot to be proud of already, and we're just getting started -- great work everyone!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Erik Nisbet to join OSU Fall 2008

I am thrilled to be able to report that Erik Nisbet will be joining the OSU School of Communication as an assistant professor starting in the Fall of 2008. Erik is completing his Ph.D. at Cornell University and conducts research in the intersection of politics, public opinion, public policy, and international media. Erik had multiple offers from good institutions, and his decision to come to OSU reflects the many positives we offer, not the least of which is COPS. So join me in welcoming Erik!