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Timothy J. Brown, Ph.D.
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Department News

DNA Discussion Project Expands

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The DNA Discussion project has recently achieved a significant expansion of the program. The project is collaborating with both the College of Health Sciences and the College of Business and Public Management to explore how we can use ancestry DNA to build bridges among diverse individuals. This includes a grant from the Dean of the College of Health Sciences to link the project’s genetic work to issues of health, especially in the minority community. A central goal of this grant-funded work is to examine what people know about genetics and disease, especially in underserved populations.

For more information, visit the project’s website at dnadiscussionproject.com.

Thank you for a great COM internship fair!

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The Communication Studies Department would like to thank everyone who participated in the Spring 2016 Communication Studies Internship Fair. Check out some photos from the event in this Facebook album!

Photos from the Spring 2016 Communication Studies Internship Fair

Posted by Communication Studies at West Chester University on Saturday, March 19, 2016

Come to the Internship Fair March 17

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Questions? Contact Dr. Kanan Sawyer (ksawyer@wcupa.edu).

COM instructor interviewed on WHYY

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Communication Studies Adjunct Professor Maxine Gesualdi was featured on WHYY's Newsworks Tonight radio show on Jan. 7 to provide insight on crying in politics. Gesualdi discussed the cultural norms surrounding politicians - male and female - crying in public, a topic that reemerged after President Obama shed tears during his speech on gun violence. Gesualdi also reviewed her research about former Speaker of the House John Boeher's public crying, which was published in the Journal of Communication Inquiry. For an abstract of that article, see http://jci.sagepub.com/content/37/4/304.abstract; the full text of the article is available at http://jci.sagepub.com/content/37/4/304.full.pdf+html. To listen to Professor Gesualdi's interview, follow the link from our Facebook page below.

Communication Studies Adjunct Professor Maxine Gesualdi was featured on WHYY's Newsworks Tonight radio show on Jan. 7 to...

Posted by Communication Studies at West Chester University on Friday, January 8, 2016

Lambda Pi Eta Visits Tierney in Philadelphia

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On November 6, Department of Communication Studies Chair Dr. Timothy Brown accompanied thirteen members of the communication honor society Lambda Pi Eta when they visited Tierney advertising agency in Philadelphia. Students met with Tierney professionals for a facility tour and Q&A session, where they learned more about the agency’s work in the areas of advertising, public relations, social media, strategic planning, and crisis management. Students also received professional advice on networking and resume-building. Lambda Pi Eta chapter President Sarah Budzik looks forward to organizing additional professional development opportunities in the Spring 2016 semester. For more information on Lambda Pi Eta, contact Faculty Advisor Dr. Roger Gatchet at rgatchet@wcupa.edu.

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