Category: communication

Engaging the Public: A workshop on communicating your research


Because our office is constantly engaged with this, communicating about research and scholarship is a near and dear priority. And of course, as the Franklin College, we are home to so many great scholars and scientists that it is must that we share this expertise as widely as possible.

But communicating with the public, and especially the media, can be a challenge. Now the Graduate School is organizing a workshop series designed to help our faculty communicate their work more effectively.

To help faculty members develop and practice those skills, The Graduate School, OVPR, Provost’s Office, Public Affairs, Grady College, and Department of Theatre and Film Studies are again presenting a two-part workshop on Engaging the Public. Applications are now open.

Session One: Tuesday, March 25th, 1pm-4pm
Session Two: Thursday, March 27th, 1pm-4pm

**You MUST be able to attend both sessions to participate

Participation is extremely limited. To be considered, please email Meredith Welch-Devine ( by 5pm on March 4th with the following information:
1) Your name and department Your name and department Your name and department Your name and departmentYour name and department Your name and department Your name and department Your name and department
2) Your area of research expertise
3) A brief rationale that explains why it is important for you to be chosen for this training
4) Confirmation that you would be able to attend both sessions of the workshop in their entirety
The training group will be selected for diversity across represented departments and career stages. Applicants will be notified of selection decisions by March 7th.
For further information on this workshop, contact the Director of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs, Dr. Meredith Welch-Devine.
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A separate set of workshops on the topic for graduate students and post-docs is scheduled for March 18 and 20. For more information and to apply, go here.

2013 Lecture on Scholarly Communication


library column pedimentsThe UGA Librairies presents a lecture by Kenneth D. Crews, director of the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University in New York City, "Copyright and the Academy: The Battle turns to the Courts," on Monday May 20 at 10 am in 271 Auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. Crews will discuss recent U.S. court decisions that shape fair use for higher education:

For many years, universities and some copyright owners have sparred over interpretations of fair use and other critical provisions of the law. The disagreements have been played out in congressional hearings, negotiations over guidelines and efforts by leading organizations to influence policymaking at educational institutions. The debates have been robust, but ultimately more of a standoff than a true clash of powers. Much has changed in recent years. Cases involving copyright and education are heading to the courts. The litigation is costly and demanding, but it also is a chance to learn for the first time the view of the courts about the state of copyright law in higher education. The recent court ruling about fair use at Georgia State University is a leading of example. However, cases are also challenging videostreaming at UCLA, the preservation of digital books at the University of Michigan and even the ability of libraries to keep foreign books and other materials in their collections. This presentation will offer insights into these cases and pending developments in Congress. It will also examine reasons why the copyright issues that were once the domain of respectful agreement have escalated into litigation. 

Free and open to the public (and very informative).

Image: Columns at the Richard B. Russell Building, courtesy of UGA photographic services

National award for book by Stillion Southard


Militant citizenship book coverAnd speaking of communication studies, a new book by one of our terrific young faculty members from the department just received a national award:

[Assistant professor of communication studies and women's studies] Belinda Stillion Southard will be honored with the Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award from the National Communication Association at their annual convention in November for her book Militant Citizenship: Rhetorical Strategies of the National Woman's Party, 1913-1920 (Texas A&M University Press, 2011). The award honors outstanding published scholarship in public address and recognizes quality of research, originality and intellectual creativity. Stillion Southard's book also will be featured at a panel discussion at the conference, and she will appear on the program of speakers at upcoming Biennial Public Address Conference.

"This national honor earned by Dr. Stillion Southard highlights the significance and quality of her scholarship and reflects well on the entire department of communication studies," said Alan T. Dorsey, dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

The women's suffrage movement is a very rich vein of American history, one that set the stage for expansions of voting rights and civil rights later in the twentieth century. While the public might not be as familiar with the events and people of this era, work like Dr. Stillion Southard's will continue to make this important part of our history more accessible.


Franklin Visiting Scholar talk: 'Post-Racial Politics: Public Perceptions of Barack Obama


Mark Orbe head shot photo.The department of communication studies, the Franklin College and the University of Georgia Office of Institutional Diversity host a visit and lecture by Mark P. Orbe professor of communication & diversity at  Western Michigan University. The talk, "'Post-Racial' Politics: Public Perception of Barack Obama," will be held Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 12:30 pm in room 142 of the Tate Student Center.

Author of the book Communication Realities in a 'Post-Racial' Society, Orbe is a leading scholar in interpersonal, co-cultural, and African-American communication, intergroup relations, the negotiation/intersection of multiple cultural identities and media representation of underrepresented populations. His talk will explore the intersectionalty of race, politics and communication.

The Fall 2012 Franklin Visiting Scholar talk is free and open to the public.

Kannan receives NSF Career award




Congratulations to Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar Natarajan Kannan, whose work tracing the origins of a protein family that plays a key role in communicating environmental signals in the cell has been recognized by the National Science Foundation:


[Kannan]will use $969,822 provided by the NSF CAREER Award program over the next five years to gain an in-depth understanding of the evolution of kinases, a protein that controls cellular signaling pathways. The results could help researchers develop new strategies for treating a variety of diseases.

On grammatical precision


To think clearly is to write clearly is to speak clearly. When it comes to the faltering standards of English language usage and practice, the evidence abounds and can seem overwhelming. All who engage as teachers, and at any level, really have their work cut out for them. All writers and speakers everywhere take their places on the front lines of this struggle simultaneously as well, providing examples for better and often worse. The importance of the power to say what you mean, to persuade, to re-enforce (not to mention to use poetry for higher ends) has remained constant.