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Speaker:  Jonathan L. Zelner (Princeton).
When/where: 339 Davey, at noon, sandwiches at 11:45 am.

Title: Social connectedness can inhibit disease transmission: Social
organization, cohesion, village context and infection risk in rural

Abstract: Social network analysis has become central to understanding
the spread of infectious diseases and behavioral risks for chronic
disease. Networks are typically seen as conduits for spread of disease
or risk factors thereof. However, social relationships also reduce
incidence of chronic disease, and potentially infectious diseases as
well. Seldom are these opposing effects considered simultaneously. We
show how and why diarrheal disease spreads more slowly to and within
rural Ecuadorian villages that are more remote from the area's
population center. Reduced contact with outside individuals partially
accounts for remote villages relatively lower prevalence of diarrheal
disease. But equally or more important is greater density of social
ties between individuals in remote communities, which facilitates
spread of individual and collective practices that reduce transmission
of diarrheal disease.
The Department of Communication Arts & Sciences, the New York Times, Pearson Custom Publishing Company, and the Center for Democratic Deliberation invite you to the spring 2011 Civic Engagement Public Speaking Contest. Six of the top speakers from CAS 100A -- Effective Speech -- will speak on issues of civic importance.

The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, in the Nittany Lion Inn Boardroom. A reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Please join us for the nineteenth annual Kenneth Burke Lecture, featuring Bryan Garsten, Professor of Political Science at Yale. The event will take place Saturday, April 16 at 7 pm at the Nittany Lion Inn's Faculty-Staff Club. We will also spotlight the winner of the Kenneth Burke Award for best graduate student essay in rhetoric, as well as the graduate and undergraduate winners of the new Birkle Award for student engagement. We hope to see you there!

 Debra Hawhee and Jeremy Engels

Interim co-directors

Center for Democratic Deliberation
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Health Communication Doctoral Fellows Seminar

July 13-16, 2011, Denver, Colorado


Students completing their first or second years of doctoral coursework in departments or schools of communication, public health, or related fields are invited to apply to become a short-term Cancer Communication Doctoral Fellow.  Students interested in organizational and team communication, patient-physician interaction and shared decision making, intercultural communication, leader-member exchange, message tailoring, dissemination and diffusion and implementation of effective practices, systems science, and social ecological models of behavior change are especially encouraged to apply. 


Over a three-day immersion in Denver, fellows will learn about plausible topics that a fellow could later pursue for study in cancer communication research as it relates to healthcare organizations.  The objective of this program is for fellows to consider cancer communication topics as they plan their dissertation research.  This doctoral seminar is made possible with funding from the U.S. National Cancer Institute in an award to the Cancer Communication Research Center (, an NCI-designated Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research. 


Fellows will be paired with and learn from seminar faculty about professional, regulatory, organizational, team, and individual factors that affect communication in healthcare organizations.  Seminar faculty will be healthcare providers, prevention specialists, information technology experts, operations leaders, and researchers in Kaiser Permanente, the largest nonprofit non-governmental healthcare system in the U.S.  Fellows and faculty will interact one on one in half-day shadowing as faculty go about their work, in seminar, and during social times.  The fellowship will pay travel-related costs of fellows including round trip flight to Denver, 3 nights hotel, and meals.  Fellows will receive a $1000 honorarium for a brief paper describing a research opportunity from their paradigmatic perspective based on what they have learned. 


Wednesday July 13th fellows and seminar staff convene for dinner, orientation to the seminar, and assignment of fellows to faculty.  Thursday July 14th fellows are taken to their faculty colleague's place of work, fellows accompany faculty to meetings, labs or clinics, offices, and any site visits that faculty have on their schedule for that morning, fellows ask questions throughout shadowing and have lunch with their faculty colleague, then fellows convene and with seminar staff leave as a group for field trip.  A group dinner for fellows, staff, and faculty finishes the day.  Friday July 15th fellows report-out and discuss in full-day seminar what they have learned about communication in healthcare systems and how that may apply to cancer communication research.  Saturday July 16th fellows convene in morning seminar to discuss the fit of research paradigms to the realities of healthcare organizations, and depart for the airport. 


Apply by sending (1) a cover letter of application with full contact information, (2) a letter of reference, (3) a one page statement of interest that identifies the applicant's research interests and what they would hope to learn, and (4) a vita.  Materials must be received by May 1, 2011.  Applicants will be notified by May 15.  Submit application materials to:

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Friday, April 8 at 7pm in 100 Life Sciences, the Penn State Debate Society will hold a public debate with debaters from the William Pitt Debate Union (from the University Pittsburgh) over the question: "Should the FCC regulate privacy settings for social media websites?"

Friday, March 25

Graduate Exhibition Performances

The State Theatre

7:00 pm


Sunday, March 27

Graduate Exhibition Posters and Visual Art

HUB-Robeson Center

11:00 am - Judging Begins

12:00 pm - Exhibition open to the public


Spring 2011 Colloquium Series


Douglas Kelley

Associate Professor


Arizona State University-West


Forgiveness:  Grounds for Reconciliation

"Forgiveness has been conceptualized as a form of positive communication designed to restore self or other well-being, relationship quality, and a sense of relationship moral order.  Central to much forgiveness theorizing is the notion that forgiveness is unconditional; yet, many laypersons report giving forgiveness with conditions.  In this light, I explore the nature of forgiveness, specifically as a means of pursuing interpersonal reconciliation."

Friday, April 1, 2010
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
117 Thomas Building
University Park Campus
Penn State University

Penn State president to respond to deep funding cuts proposed

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University Park, Pa. -- Following yesterday's (March 8) budget announcement by Gov. Tom Corbett, which proposed the most severe funding cut in Penn State's 157-year history -- a devastating reduction of $182 million -- Penn State President Graham Spanier will hold a press briefing at 10:30 a.m. today (March 9), to address the issue. Anyone interested in listening to President Spanier's response to the proposed cuts can view a live video stream of the event online at beginning at 10:30 a.m.

His briefing also will be carried live on WPSU in State College and WPSX Kane and can be heard at:

90.1 in Northern Pennsylvania
91.5 - Central Pennsylvania
92.1 - DuBois
95.1 - Treasure Lake
100.9 - Bradford
102.5 - Huntingdon
104.7 - Clearfield
106.7 - Altoona

For more information about the proposed funding cut, visit online.
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences

Professor Christopher Johnstone, "Sites of Rhetorical Action in Ancient Greece"

Friday, January 28, 2010
3:30 p.m.

117 Thomas Building
University Park Campus
Penn State University

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