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The Center for Communication and Civic Engagement’s Professor Lance Bennett and Communication and recent grad Deen Freelon helped launched the first project from their new NSF civic technology grant — a crowd-sourced voter guide called The Living Voters Guide. It is a way for voters to engage with different views on the ballot measures to help make a more informed choice.

Kirsten FootAssociate Professor Kirsten Foot hopes her latest research will help prevent and abolish human trafficking through a two-pronged study: by mapping the anti-trafficking activities of hundreds of organizations representing multiple sectors, and by analyzing multi-sector collaboration. Foot, Associate Professor in Communication and Adjunct Faculty in the Information School, has studied online organizing and networks for 15 years. As co-director of the WebArchivist.org research group, she develops methods and tools for studying social and political action on the Web over time.

John Gastil

John Gastil, Kathy Cramer Walsh, and Katherine Knobloch have been evaluating panelists' opinions on the review.

In February 2011, John Gastil’s conference hosts in Sydney set up an interview on the Australian equivalent of NPR. The hour-long interview covers his scholarship, mixed with classical music of his choosing.

Since July, Professor Gastil has been knee deep in the study of deliberative democracy (article) working on the Citizen Initiative Review for the state of Oregon. Funded by the National Science Foundation and the University of Washington Royalty Research Fund, Gastil is working with Kathy Cramer Walsh, professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, doctoral students Katherine Knobloch and Justin Reedy, as well as a number of undergraduate research assistants to collaborate with Healthy Democracy Oregon and evaluate the panelists’ opinions on the review.

John Gastil and Cindy Simmons have a new book from Oxford University Press: The Jury and Democracy: How Jury Deliberation Promotes Civic Engagement and Political Participation.

Anthony GiffardThe Department of Communication thrives because of the excellence of its educators, so when professor emeritus Anthony Giffard retired in December, it was a loss for the department. However, the incredible work he has contributed during more than 30 years has helped to put us where we stand today, as one of the leading communication departments in the country. It’s possible that without his invaluable work, UW’s Department of Communication might not exist today.
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Hanson Hosein was named in Seattle Magazine’s Most Influential 2010.

Phil Howard was on KUOW's The Conversation in October 2010 to talk about his book about information technology and democratization in the Muslim world, The Internet and Islam: The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy.

Logo: Project on Information Technology and Political IslamIn January, he was interviewed for the CBS Evening News on the crisis in Tunisia and Egypt. In February, he published a blog on The Huffington Post called "A State Department 2.0 Response to the Arab Spring." Howard writes: "Digitally enabled protesters in Tunisia tossed out their dictator. The protests in Egypt have drawn out the largest crowds in 50 years and the crisis in that country is not over. ... The State Department needs a 21st-century strategy for dealing with the Arab Spring."

He also published a blog post for Reuters, "Digital Media and the Arab Spring."

Howard directs the Project on Information Technology and Political Islam.

Ralina Joseph signed a contract with Duke University Press to publish her book, Transcending Blackness. The book is due out in late 2011.

The Women Who Rock conference included support from Communication faculty: Ralina Joseph and Leilani Nishime were discussion facilitators and Scott Macklin was a conference participant and volunteer. The event highlighted women who organized social change, locally and worldwide, through their art.

MCDM Associate Director Scott Macklin was awarded the prestigious 2011 Distinguished Staff award. Macklin is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and writer. His co-authored article, The Catalyst Project: Supporting Faculty Uses of the Web…with the Web, won the 2000 EDUCAUSE Contribution of the Year Award, and he has four pages of videos on his Vimeo site that he’s had a hand in producing over the years.

Gina Neff has been awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant from Intel to support her work on how the introduction of new communication technologies impacts the workplace. The project, “Organizational Adoption of and Adaption to Patient Biosensor Data” will look at how hospitals, clinics, and patients respond to the emergence of new tools for gathering, visualizing, and communicating health information and how these tools challenge existing social mechanisms of interpretation and knowledge production.

In January 2011, Leilani Nishime was awarded the Royalty Research Fund (RRF) for People Won't Know What You Are: Visual Culture and Multiracial Asian Americans. The RRF supports new directions in research.

Crispin Thurlow gave a keynote address at the Georgetown Roundtable on Language & Linguistics (GURT 2011) — a premier international gathering of linguists, sociolinguists and discourse analysts. Thrulow’s talk: "Fakebook: Synthetic Media, Pseudo-Sociality and the Rhetorics of Web 2.0" considered some of the exaggerated and invested claims made about social media in the contexts of education, celebrity, the media, commerce, politics and scholarship.