See the calendar on the right for upcoming meeting times and topics. (Click on dates in bold to see what's happening.)

Monday, August 19, 2013

CATS members to present at AEJMC in Washington, D.C.

It's been a busy summer for CATS members. After a productive trip to London for the International Communication Association (ICA) conference, a couple of members are off to Washington, D.C., for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference. CATS members are in boldface:

Vang, M. H., & Fox, J. Race in virtual environments: Competitive versus cooperative games with black or white avatars.

Waddell, F., Fox, J., Ivory, J ., & Ivory, A. Sex-role stereotyping is hard to kill: A field experiment measuring responses to user characteristics and behavior in an online multiplayer first-person shooter game.

Monday, June 3, 2013

CATS members to present at ICA in London

Several CATS members will be skipping over the pond this June to represent the OSU School of Communication and present research at the International Communication Association annual conference in London. CATS members names are indicated in boldface:

Ahn, S. J., Fox, J., Dale, K., & Avant, A. Framing embodied experiences in virtual environments: Effects on environmental self-efficacy and behavior over time.
Anderegg, C. M., Dale, K., & Fox, J. Maintaining you and me: A content analysis of relational maintenance behaviors on primetime television.
Bushman, B. J. "Remain calm. Be kind": Effects of stressful and relaxing video games on aggressive and helping behavior. 
Dickinson, T., Hanus, M., & Fox, J. You got coffee in my racing game: Brand congruity and reality in video game advertising.
Dillon, K. P., & Bushman, B. J. How do you rate real life? The public's rating of the documentary   Bully: The Movie.
Ewoldsen, D. R., & Velez, J. The benefits of cooperative game play in violent video games.
Fox, J., Jones, E., & Lookadoo, K. Romantic relationship dissolution on social networking sites: Social support, coping, and rituals on Facebook.
Fox, J., & Ralston, R. Sexualized avatars and women’s experiences of self-objectification and identification in a virtual environment.
Garrett, R. K., Johnson, B. K., Neo, R. L., & Dal, A. Implications of pro- and counterattitudinal information exposure for affective polarization.
Johnson, B. K., & Knobloch-Westerwick, S. Glancing up or down: Mood management and social comparisons on social networking sites. 
Johnson, B. K., Vang, M. H., & Van Der Heide, B. Show me the goods: The warranting effect of user-generated photographs in online auctions.
Joo, Y. K., & Lee, J. E. R. When happy drivers go green: Effects of egoistic/altruistic framing and affective states on eco-driving. 
Lee, J. E. R. Does virtual diversity matter? Effects of avatar-based diversity representation on willingness to express offline racial identity.
Van Der Heide, B., Dickinson, T., Schumaker, E. M., & DeAndrea, D. C. Explaining online self-influence: Exploring the effects of computer-mediation on attitude change. 
Yang, G. S., Huesmann, R., & Bushman, B. J. The effects of violent game playing on implicit stereotyping and behavior.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

CATS grad students commended for teaching

Several of our CATS members were recognized by the School of Communication for exceptional teaching during the 2012-2013 school year. Congratulations!
  • Courtney Anderegg
  • Kate Christy
  • Katie Dale
  • Kelly Dillon
  • Ji Young Lee
  • Rachel Neo
  • Bridget Potocki
  • Rachel Ralston
  • Margaret Rooney
  • Mao Vang

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Post-doc opportunity

This post-doc will be housed in ASU's Sociology program, but applicants from other disciplines are welcome to apply.  If you're interested in youth political engagement, online protest, flash activism, etc., read on. Personally, I think this is a terrific opportunity for someone. I've known Jenn, the project director, for several years; she's great.  

Youth Activism Postdoctoral Fellowship

Job ID: 9300
Institution: University of Arizona
Department: School of Sociology
Title: Youth Activism Postdoctoral Fellowship
Position/Rank: Fellowships/Post-docs - Post-doctoral

The Youth Activism Project, housed in the School of Sociology at the University of Arizona, invites applications for a one-year, renewable postdoctoral fellowship on youth and participatory politics to begin in Fall 2013. The Youth Activism Project, directed by Dr. Jennifer Earl, is part of the MacArthur Network on Youth and Participatory Politics. It is focused on youth engagement in protest, particularly online protest and flash activism.

The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for working with the PI to design and implement research studies related to overall project themes, including quantitative content coding of protest websites and analysis of this coding as well as interviews and focus groups with youth about online protest. Strong candidates will have research experience in both quantitative and qualitative methods, notable experience working in Stata or R, and be productive working in teams and independently. All candidates must have a Ph.D. in hand by the commencement of the fellowship and would preferably have received their Ph.D. within the past three years.

The School of Sociology at the University of Arizona is one of the best sociology programs in the country, consistently ranked among the top 20 Sociology programs in the United States for the past thirty years. It boasts a lively intellectual community and has played a pivotal role in the careers of many leading sociologists. Situated in the beautiful southwest in Tucson, the University of Arizona offers excellent benefits and Tucson offers a wonderful living experience. Competitive salary will be based on experience.

To apply, visit and apply for Job Number 52359. In addition to online forms, candidates must upload a letter of interest, c.v., (including the names of three references) and a research statement (see job ad for details).

The University of Arizona is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered.  

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

CATS members honored at Comm Day

The CATS group was well-represented at the annual awards ceremony for the School of Communication. We're proud to announce the following awards bestowed upon our members:
  • Ben Johnson, Ph.D. student, was recognized for his stellar research program with the Doris Gildea Senior Award.
  • Margaret Rooney, Ph.D. student, was honored for her commitment to teaching with the Albert Warren Scholarship Award for Teaching. 
  • Kelly Dillon, Ph.D. student, received the first annual Graduate Student Organization Peer Award for contributing to a supportive environment amongst grad students in the School of Communication.
  • The much-deserving Dr. Dave Ewoldsen was awarded Faculty of the Year for his research, teaching, advising, and service contributions to the School. 
Congratulations to all the winners! We are fortunate to have such wonderful graduate students and faculty contributing to our research group.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Panel on where to publish tech-related work

Jesse Fox's research lab is hosting a 45-minute discussion/panel about how to select a journal to publish tech-related work. She has invited interested members of the broader CATS community to attend.

The panel will be held in JR216 starting at 10:30 on April 15.  (Note the change in location.  The meeting is now in Journalism, which should make it easier to attend the talk by Dr. Valkenburg and Colloquium.)