Faculty & Staff Directory

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Bob Albers

Senior Video Specialist

Work Phone: (517) 355-6559 Work Fax: (517) 355-1292

Bob Albers is a founding member of Media Sandbox. He is also a documentary filmmaker with extensive experience as a producer, director, cameraperson, writer, editor, and executive producer and teaches film and video production at MSU. He has produced and directed many documentaries, directed multi-camera orchestra programs, and has worked extensively in public affairs television…Read More

Bob Albers is a founding member of Media Sandbox. He is also a documentary filmmaker with extensive experience as a producer, director, cameraperson, writer, editor, and executive producer and teaches film and video production at MSU. He has produced and directed many documentaries, directed multi-camera orchestra programs, and has worked extensively in public affairs television programming.

Programs created and supervised by Bob Albers have ranged from governmental affairs to sports to the arts, with many programs receiving awards and widespread distribution, both national and international. He is also active as a consultant and independent producer and director.

Prior to his involvement in television, Mr. Albers was a classical guitarist, and was active as a performer, teacher, radio producer and arts administrator. He also has training and professional experience in the visual arts, with several years of activity as a still photographer.

Current Work
Elderly Instruments: All Things Strings is a documentary about Lansing

Courses
CAS 112: Story, Sound and Motion |
TC 411: Documentary Design and Production

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Saleem E. Alhabash Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Work Phone: (517) 432-2178

Saleem Alhabash is an Assistant Professor of Public Relations and Social Media, jointly appointed by the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, and the Department of Media and Information. His research focuses on the processes and effects of new and social media. More specifically, Saleem’s research investigates the cognitive and emotional responses, and psychological effects…Read More

Saleem Alhabash is an Assistant Professor of Public Relations and Social Media, jointly appointed by the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, and the Department of Media and Information. His research focuses on the processes and effects of new and social media. More specifically, Saleem’s research investigates the cognitive and emotional responses, and psychological effects associated with using social networking sites and playing serious/persuasive video games. His research is geared toward understanding how new communication technologies can be utilized in cross-cultural and international communication, with emphasis on changing attitudes and stereotypes of foreign nations. Saleem received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He brings a diverse experience in global media and strategic communication.

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Nasser Almutairi

Doctoral Student

Nasser Almutairi is a doctoral candidate pursuing research on social media marketing and consumer behavior. Some of his recent work involves understanding the patterns of online viral behavior on social media, effects of colors on ads on social media platform, health news coverage and source effects, plain packaging colors effect, and public health announcements and…Read More

Nasser Almutairi is a doctoral candidate pursuing research on social media marketing and consumer behavior. Some of his recent work involves understanding the patterns of online viral behavior on social media, effects of colors on ads on social media platform, health news coverage and source effects, plain packaging colors effect, and public health announcements and religion message interaction on online behavior for Arabic speaking subjects. Before coming to Michigan State University, Nasser earned a Master of Business Administration at Western Michigan University (USA) and a Business Administration (B.S.) at King Saud University (Saudi Arabia). His professional experience is in the fields of business plan writing, entrepreneurship training programs, business communication, marketing strategies, and human resource development assessment and training programs. Currently, Nasser is a researcher at the Department of Advertising + Public Relations.

Research Interests: Social marketing, consumer behavior, sponsorship marketing, and social media behavior.

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Jason Archer

Director, Online M.A. Strategic Communication

Work Phone: 517-884-2397

As Director of the M.A. Strategic Communications program, Jason collaborates with an amazing team across departments to help build an integrated digital and social media campaigns to attract domestic and international students, and engage alumni and industry alliances to generate interest and enrollment in the program. He will also be working with faculty on course…Read More

As Director of the M.A. Strategic Communications program, Jason collaborates with an amazing team across departments to help build an integrated digital and social media campaigns to attract domestic and international students, and engage alumni and industry alliances to generate interest and enrollment in the program. He will also be working with faculty on course development and design as well as teach in the program.

Jason previously served as Vice President for Sales & Marketing for Media Fusion – a tech startup in San Antonio, TX. He also has been a course designer and adjunct instructor for over ten years in the Department of Communication and Media at Spring Arbor University.

Before those roles, He had the privilege of leading global reorganization and rebranding of Free Methodist Church USA and their communications department, Light & Life Communications as the Executive Director of Communication. 

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Nancy Ashley

Academic Graduate Program Coordinator

Work Phone: (517) 432-1526 Work Fax: (517) 355-7710

I have been on campus for 31 years, which, 28 of those years I have been affiliated with graduate studies. I am available anytime to answer/help graduate students with their questions or concerns.

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I have been on campus for 31 years, which, 28 of those years I have been affiliated with graduate studies. I am available anytime to answer/help graduate students with their questions or concerns.

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Brigitte A. Balogh McKay

Doctoral Student

Brigitte A. (Balogh) McKay received her B.B.A. in Management Information Systems and M.A. in Advertising from The University of Texas at Austin. A new PhD Candidate in Media and Information Systems in Advertising, she is currently researching consumer-brand relationships on social media and user interactions with enterprise social software. A recipient of the Rasmussen Memorial…Read More

Brigitte A. (Balogh) McKay received her B.B.A. in Management Information Systems and M.A. in Advertising from The University of Texas at Austin. A new PhD Candidate in Media and Information Systems in Advertising, she is currently researching consumer-brand relationships on social media and user interactions with enterprise social software. A recipient of the Rasmussen Memorial Scholarship and two time recipient of the Leo Burnett Research Scholarship, Brigitte’s research seeks to further understand best practices for corporate and brand engagement with their employees and their consumers to strengthen brand relationships and community ties.

Research Interests: Brand equity, Brand-consumer relationships and messaging strategies, Health and risk communications, Social media strategy and consumer engagement, Enterprise Social Software and employee interaction

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Marge Barkman

Academic Programs Manager

Work Phone: (517) 355-3471 Work Fax: (517) 432-1192

Marge Barkman is the Coordinator of Academic Programs for the Departments of Communication and Communicative Sciences and Disorders, and the Masters in Health & Risk Communication. She administers for five graduate programs (COMM Ph.D., CSD PhD, COMM M.A., CSD M.A., and HRC M.A.). The position oversees all aspects of student education from application to graduation…Read More

Marge Barkman is the Coordinator of Academic Programs for the Departments of Communication and Communicative Sciences and Disorders, and the Masters in Health & Risk Communication. She administers for five graduate programs (COMM Ph.D., CSD PhD, COMM M.A., CSD M.A., and HRC M.A.). The position oversees all aspects of student education from application to graduation and alumni contacts as well as course scheduling and room reservations.

Marge is an alumni of Michigan State University with her degree in Horticulture. She has worked in academic programs arena for over 35 years.

Marge serves on the following committees:

  • Member of The Graduate Schools University Graduate Secretary Advisory Committee, since Fall 1994
  • Member of The Graduate Schools GRADPLAN Advisory Board Member of the Health &Risk Communication Advisory Committee Committee
  • Member of Chairs Advisory Committee for Communication Department Committee
  • Member of the Communication Departments Doctoral Affairs Committee since 1989
  • Committee Member to Communication Departments Masters Affairs Committee since 1989
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Johannes M. Bauer Ph.D.

Department Chair, Professor

Work Phone: (517) 355-8372 Work Fax: (517) 355-1292

Johannes M. Bauer is a Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. Since January 2013 he also serves as the Department Chair. He is trained as an engineer and economist, holding MA and PhD degrees in economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria. His experience at…Read More

Johannes M. Bauer is a Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. Since January 2013 he also serves as the Department Chair. He is trained as an engineer and economist, holding MA and PhD degrees in economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria. His experience at MSU is complemented by extended stays as a visiting professor at the Technical University of Delft, Netherlands (2000-2001), the University of Konstanz, Germany (Summer 2010), and most recently the University of Zurich, Switzerland (2012). His research covers a wide range of issues related to innovation in information and communication technology industries (ICT), business models of national and global players, as well as the public policy and governance challenges of harnessing the full benefits of ICT for society. He has developed and used computational methods to examine the effects of governance on advanced communications infrastructure and applied big data analytical methods to problems of information security. He currently serves as member of the boards of the Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy (TPRC) and the International Telecommunications Society (ITS). He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has served as an advisor to public and private sector organizations in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

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Roles & Responsibilities
Associate Editor, Telecommunications Policy; Member of the Board of Directors, Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy (TPRC); Member of the Board, International Telecommunications Society (ITS); Director of Special Projects, Quello Center for Media and Information Policy.

Key Research Interest
My research, teaching and writing focuses on the digital economy, with a particular interest in how the benefits of information and communication technologies (ICT) can be fully utilized while their potential downsides can be avoided. Much of his work is international and comparative in scope. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Ford Foundation, and other organizations, my research is published in leading journals in the field, such as Information Economics and Policy, Government Information Quarterly, Information Systems Frontiers, the International Journal of Communications, Telecommunications Policy, and The Information Society.

Project Title & Source
The New Cybersecurity Agenda: Economic and Social Challenges to a Secure Internet (The World Bank); Modeling the Dynamics of Telecommunication Equipment Markets (Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House); Improving Governance for Next-generation ICT Infrastructure (National Science Foundation)

Recent Publications

  • Bauer, Johannes M. (2015), Governing the mobile broadband ecosystem, International Telecommunications Policy Review, 22(2), pp. 1-26.
  • Bauer, Johannes M. (2014), “Platforms, systems competition, and innovation: reassessing the foundations of communications policy”, Telecommunications Policy, 38(8-9), pp. 662-673.
  • Bauer, Johannes M., Madden, Gary, & Morey, Aaron (2014), “Effects of economic conditions and policy interventions on OECD broadband adoption”, Applied Economics, 46(12), pp. 1361-1372.
  • Bauer, Johannes M. & Obar, Jonathan A. (2014), “Reconciling political and economic goals in the net neutrality debate”, The Information Society, 30(1), pp. 1-19.

Recent Grants

  • “Modeling telecommunications markets and technologies”, coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), The White House; funded by Analytic Services, Inc. (ANSER).

Recent Awards

  • Distinguished Faculty Award, Michigan State University (February 2013)

Recent Public Talks

  • Bauer, Johannes M. “The Internet and inequality”, 26th Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, London, July 2-4, 2015.
  • Bauer, Johannes M., & Tsai, Hsin-yi Sandy, “An examination of the factors enhancing information infrastructure quality”, CPR LATAM, Bogotá, Colombia, May 29-30, 2014.
  • Tsai, Hsin-yi Sandy, & Bauer, Johannes M., “Effects of public policy on the quality of broadband services: A comparative analysis of Internet download speeds”, International Communications Association (ICA), Seattle, WA, May 22-25, 2014 (winner of the best faculty paper award, Communications Law and Policy Division).
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Ken Beer

Fiscal Officer

Work Phone: (517) 884-4742
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Gary Bente

Professor

Work Phone: (517) 355-9734

Gary Bente studied Psychology at the Universities of Regensburg and Saarbrücken. He received a clinical training but then turned to basic communication research with an emphasis on nonverbal behavior. He is co-editor of the German Textbook of Media Psychology and currently Editor in Chief of the Journal of Media Psychology. He is Professor for Social…Read More

Gary Bente studied Psychology at the Universities of Regensburg and Saarbrücken. He received a clinical training but then turned to basic communication research with an emphasis on nonverbal behavior. He is co-editor of the German Textbook of Media Psychology and currently Editor in Chief of the Journal of Media Psychology. He is Professor for Social Psychology and Media Psychology at the University of Cologne, where he also sevrved for many years as Department Chair and Associate Dean of Research. Currently he is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Communication at Michigan State University.

Roles & Responsibilities
Visiting Professor

Courses
Nonverbal Communication and Person Perception Communication and Media Theory Media Research Methods Cross-Cultural Communication Social Psychology

Key Research Interest
My major research interests lie in the area nonverbal communication and person perception, extending concepts from face-to-face communication to mass-communication and computer-mediated communication. He published numerous articles on determinants and effects of nonverbal communication and on methodological developments for the micro-analysis of media effects. His recent work focuses on the use of virtual characters in the study of cultural differences in the production and perception of nonverbal behaviour combining behavioural and neuroscience methodology.

Special Projects
Propaganda 2.0. Psychological Effects of Rigth-Wing and Islamic Extremist Internet Videos.

Project Title & Source
Social Cognition and Culture, funded by the German “Volkswagen Stiftung”

What are three things you want your students to know about you?
I like the topic of human communication I like soccer and cars I love my family

Favorite Quotation
Bente, G., Leuschner, H., Al-Issa, A., & Blascovich, J. J. (2010). The others: Universals and cultural specificities in the perception of status and dominance from nonverbal behavior. Consciousness and Cognition, 19(3), 762-777.

Describe in one sentence what you hope your students learn from you, your scholarly work or teaching
Get rid of any fear of methods and see them as a means to satisfy curiosity.

Describe yourself in five words or less.
kind of sense of humor, impatient and foregiving

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Daniel E. Bergan

Associate Professor

Work Phone: (517) 432-1469

Daniel Bergan specializes in public opinion and experimental work on advocacy campaigns. He uses field experimental designs to test the impact of citizen contacts to policymakers on public policy. In recent work, he has also explored the sources of partisan polarization in public opinion. His academic publications have appeared in the Journal of Politics, Public…Read More

Daniel Bergan specializes in public opinion and experimental work on advocacy campaigns. He uses field experimental designs to test the impact of citizen contacts to policymakers on public policy. In recent work, he has also explored the sources of partisan polarization in public opinion. His academic publications have appeared in the Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, the Journal of Communication, and other journals.

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John C. Besley Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Ellis N. Brandt Chair in Public Relations

Work Phone: (517) 884-4411

Dr. Besley studies how views about decision-makers and decision processes affect perceptions of science and technology (S&T) with potential health or environmental impacts. This focus includes consideration of both mediated exposure through newspapers, television programs and web content, as well as face-to-face public engagement exercises (e.g., public meetings). His work emphasizes the need to look…Read More

Dr. Besley studies how views about decision-makers and decision processes affect perceptions of science and technology (S&T) with potential health or environmental impacts. This focus includes consideration of both mediated exposure through newspapers, television programs and web content, as well as face-to-face public engagement exercises (e.g., public meetings). His work emphasizes the need to look at both citizens’ perceptions of decision-makers and decision-makers’ perceptions of the public.

More generally, Dr. Besley explores the relationships between media use, public engagement and health and environmental risk perceptions. His research has touched on public perceptions of nanotechnology, biotechnology, and energy technologies (particularly nuclear and hydrogen and fuel cell technologies). He has also been involved in research into journalistic norms related to coverage of public engagement and research to better understand the impact of science and risk communication training.

Dr. Besley has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and this work has appeared in high-ranking journals including Risk Analysis, Science Communication, Public Understanding of Science, and the Journal of Risk Research as well as a range of edited volumes. He has received funding from the National Science Foundation, and the United States Department of Agriculture.

In addition to his regular research, Dr. Besley is the lead author for the 2014 and the 2016 (ongoing) National Science Board chapters on public attitudes and knowledge about science and technology. This biennial report-Science and Engineering Indicators-is submitted to the White House and Congress and represents the definitive statement on Americans’ views about S&T.

Dr. Besley received the Hillier-Krieghbaum "Under 40″ Award" from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2013. He also received a "rising star" award from the University of South Carolina in 2012.

Previous service positions have included chairing both the Science Communication division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Risk Communication division of the Society for Risk Analysis. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Risk Analysis, the Journal of Risk Research, and Science Communication and provides reviews for a range of other journals and granting organizations. He received a top reviewer award from the Society for Risk Analysis in 2014.

As an instructor, Dr. Besley focuses on civic engagement, risk and crisis communication, science communication, and media relations.

Dr. Besley earned his Ph.D. in Communication from Cornell University in 2006 and both masters (Public Administration, 2000), and bachelor’s (Journalism, 1998) degrees from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Prior to his Ph.D., Dr. Besley served as a policy analyst with Environment Canada’s Policy and Communication’s division for international environmental issues. He was a visiting fellow at the University of Koblenz-Landau in summer 2014.

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Alicia M. Birdsong

Advising Specialist

Work Phone: (517) 432-7715 Work Fax: (517) 355-3346

M.A. College Counseling, Eastern Michigan University 2012 B.A. Psychology, University of Michigan Dearborn, 2009

Roles & Responsibilities
Undergraduate Advisor for Advertising, Media and Information, Communicative Sciences and Disorders Teach CAS 101

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M.A. College Counseling, Eastern Michigan University 2012 B.A. Psychology, University of Michigan Dearborn, 2009

Roles & Responsibilities
Undergraduate Advisor for Advertising, Media and Information, Communicative Sciences and Disorders Teach CAS 101

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Jeremy Gibson Bond

Professor of Practice

Jeremy Gibson Bond is a Professor of Practice teaching game design and development at Michigan State University. Since 2013, he has served the IndieCade independent game festival and conference as the Chair of Education and Advancement, where he co-chairs the IndieXchange summit each year. Jeremy is the founder of ExNinja Interactive and the author of…Read More

Jeremy Gibson Bond is a Professor of Practice teaching game design and development at Michigan State University. Since 2013, he has served the IndieCade independent game festival and conference as the Chair of Education and Advancement, where he co-chairs the IndieXchange summit each year. Jeremy is the founder of ExNinja Interactive and the author of Introduction to Game Design, Prototyping, and Development: From Concept to Playable Game in Unity and C#, a book on game design and prototyping using Unity that was released in the summer of 2014 and, since then, has consistently been one of the top-selling game design books and Unity development books on Amazon.com.

In 2013, Jeremy founded the company ExNinja Interactive, through which he develops his independent game projects.

Prior to joining the MSUGames faculty, Jeremy taught for three years as a lecturer in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor where he taught game design and software development. And, from 2009-2013, Jeremy was an Assistant Professor teaching game design for the Interactive Media and Games Division of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, which was named the #1 game design school in North America throughout his tenure there.

Jeremy also apparently has the distinction of being the first person to ever teach game design in Costa Rica.

Research Interests:
Game design and development, emerging game hardware, independent games.

Awards, Honors and Recognitions:
IndieCade Official Selection, 2013 – My game Ranamor was featured at the IndieCade Night Games 2013. Ranamor is a gettinng-to-know-you game for many co-located players about frogs finding love in the urban evening (http://www.indiecade.com/2013/festival_nightgames/).

IndieCade E3 Showcase, 2012 – My game Coalesce was a part of the Showcase and featured in the Wired article "7 Indie Games That Rocked at E3″ (http://bit.ly/L434EK).

Game Developers Conference, 2011 – Top 50 Speakers

Game Developers Conference Online, 2010 – Fourth Highest-Rated Speaker

Skyrates – A sky-pirate MMO developed by my team in graduate school (http://skyrates.net)
     Gleemax Silver Award for Strategic Gaming, 2008 – Independent Game Festival
     Best Simulation Game Audience Award, 2008 – JayIsGames.com
     Best Simulation Game Editors Award, 2008 – JayIsGames.com

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Nicole Bond

Secretary

I joined MSU in 2015 working for the Office of the Registrar. In April of 2016, I joined the School of Journalism. I provide support to the Journalism department; including all faculty and staff.

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I joined MSU in 2015 working for the Office of the Registrar. In April of 2016, I joined the School of Journalism. I provide support to the Journalism department; including all faculty and staff.

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Howard Bossen Ph.D.

Professor

Work Phone: (517) 353-4613 Work Fax: (517) 355-7710

Howard Bossen is Professor of Photography and Visual Communication in the School of Journalism and Adjunct Curator of Photography at the MSU Museum — the science and culture museum at Michigan State University.

He is the author of many articles and books, including Luke Swank: Modernist Photographer and Henry Holmes Smith: Man of Light. He was, along with…Read More

Howard Bossen is Professor of Photography and Visual Communication in the School of Journalism and Adjunct Curator of Photography at the MSU Museum — the science and culture museum at Michigan State University.

He is the author of many articles and books, including Luke Swank: Modernist Photographer and Henry Holmes Smith: Man of Light. He was, along with John P. Beck, co-editor of Detroit Resurgent, which features photographs by Gilles Perrin and interviews by Nicole Ewenczyk. He co-edited with Eric Freedman One Community, One Week, Many Faiths: The Diversity of Worship and Belief, a book of essays and photographs by students that grew out of special topics courses in 2013.

His most recent curatorial project, Seeing China: Photographic Views and Viewpoints, co-curated with Shirley Wajda, was at the MSU Museum from January through August 2015. Other curatorial projects for the MSU Museum include Eighteen, an exhibition by Israeli photographer Natan Dvir; An Extraordinary Document of Our World with photographs by Perrin; Detroit Resurgent with photographs by Perrin and interviews by Ewenczyk; On Death and Horses and Other People, an exploration of Czech Carnival by photographer Marketa Luskacova; and The Radiation Mask Series, a photographic installation piece by Swedish photographer Magnus Westerborn. He was the curator for Luke Swank: Modernist Photographer at the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMA), Pittsburgh, Pa., and the Kresge Art Museum.

He is currently working on Molten Light: Photography, Steel and the Modern World, a book and an exhibition being developed for the beginning of 2018 with The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa., and the Musée de la Photographie de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles Charleroi, Belgium.

He was a Fulbright scholar in Mexico and a distinguished visiting professor in the Center for the Arts in Society at Carnegie Mellon University. He has been an invited juror and portfolio reviewer to FotoFest, Photolucida and Critical Mass.

He founded the MSU Photo Communication in Europe study abroad program in 1983 and has co-lead it with Darcy Greene since then. He has a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and has been on the faculty at MSU since 1979.

Courses

JRN 310 Photojournalism I

JRN 410 Photojournalism II

JRN 425 History of Journalism

JRN 445 Images and Messages

JRN 492 Special topics—Witness: Photography, Film and Social Justice

JRN 483 and 883 Photo Communication in Europe (Study Abroad course)

JRN 810 Visual Journalism

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Franklin J. Boster Ph.D.

Professor

Work Phone: (517) 355-1514 Work Fax: (517) 432-1192

Franklin J. Boster (Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1978) is a professor in the Department of Communication at Michigan State University where he teaches class in social influence, methods, and statistics. He also holds appointments as Adjunct Professor at the Michigan State University College of Law, as a research fellow of the Trial Practice Institute at…Read More

Franklin J. Boster (Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1978) is a professor in the Department of Communication at Michigan State University where he teaches class in social influence, methods, and statistics. He also holds appointments as Adjunct Professor at the Michigan State University College of Law, as a research fellow of the Trial Practice Institute at the Michigan State University College of Law, and as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa.

Awards, Honors and Recognitions
2009 Faculty Impact Award from the College of Communication MSU 2005 B. Aubrey Fisher Award from International Communication Association 2003 Distinguish Professor Michigan State University 1998 John E. Hunter Meta-Analysis Award ICA 1989 Woolbert Award NCA 1981 Outstanding Achievement Award for Teaching from College of Public Programs Arizona State University

Courses
COM 325 COM 399 Communication and the Law COM 802 COM 860 COM 902 CAS 992 Diffusion

Key Research Interest
Social influence, group dynamics, and research methods

Favorite Quotation
There is no place for orthodoxies and heterodoxies in science. Nothing is more pernicious in science than attempts to establish adherence to doctrines. All that a teacher can do is to assist the student in learning to understand and use the scientific method. It is not his business to make disciples. -A.R. Radcliffe-Brown-

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Pasquale Bottalico Ph.D.

Research Associate

Work Phone: (517) 353-8780

Pasquale Bottalico earned his bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Univeristà Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria (Italy), while simultaneously pursuing a degree in Opera Singing at the F. Cilea Music Academy of Reggio Calabria (Italy). In 2005, he moved to Turin where he earned his master’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Italy). For…Read More

Pasquale Bottalico earned his bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Univeristà Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria (Italy), while simultaneously pursuing a degree in Opera Singing at the F. Cilea Music Academy of Reggio Calabria (Italy). In 2005, he moved to Turin where he earned his master’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Italy). For his master’s thesis, Dr. Bottalico combined his studies of engineering and music to explore musician perceptions of acoustics and the correlation with objective index from ISO 3382.

Dr. Bottalico earned his PhD in Metrology, studying acoustics with particular attention to the uncertainty of measurements and statistical analysis of data. For his dissertation, he investigated classroom acoustics of primary schools and its relationship with safety, examining the students and the teachers separately. Specifically, he: 1) described the speech intelligibility in the classroom, which affects students’ learning; and 2) .examined how the acoustical features of a classroom can influence vocal performances. Dr. Bottalico is particularly interested in the professional voice user and singer techniques, as well as the definition and the quantification of vocal load. Other fields he is interested in are Speech Intelligibility, Room Acoustics and Musical Acoustics. Dr. Bottalico has authored peer-reviewed papers and more than forty non-peer-reviewed pieces. Bottalico is also a professional chorister, performing under such prestigious directors as Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos, Yuri Ahronovitch, Jeffrey Tate, Juanio Mena, Gianandrea Noseda, Ottavio Dantone, Wayne Marshall, Helmuth Rilling, Christopher Hogwood, Robert King and Ivor Bolton.

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Mary Bresnahan

Professor

Work Phone: (517) 432-1285 Work Fax: (517) 432-1192

I currently lead 3 interesting and demanding research teams composed of doctoral, MA, and undergraduate students which have generated 8 conference papers this year. My newest endeavor is the Cultural Mentors program pairing up US & international students to exchange information about each other’s cultures.

Research Interests

Culture & identity, spirituality & health, barriers to…Read More

I currently lead 3 interesting and demanding research teams composed of doctoral, MA, and undergraduate students which have generated 8 conference papers this year. My newest endeavor is the Cultural Mentors program pairing up US & international students to exchange information about each other’s cultures.

Research Interests

Culture & identity, spirituality & health, barriers to organ donation Current

Courseload

COM 225 – Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
COM 391 – Topics in Verbal, Intercultural, or Gender Communication
COM 828 – Cross-Cultural Communication

Credentials

Ph.D., University of Michigan
M.A., University of South Carolina

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Henry Brimmer

Assistant Professor

Home Phone: (517)-355-2314

Henry Brimmer, a graphic designer who often doubles as photographer and educator, joined the Department of Advertising + Public Relations as part of the colleges Design Initiative via the MSU Quality Fund. With almost 30 years of industry and teaching experience, Henry was most recently Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign…Read More

Henry Brimmer, a graphic designer who often doubles as photographer and educator, joined the Department of Advertising + Public Relations as part of the colleges Design Initiative via the MSU Quality Fund. With almost 30 years of industry and teaching experience, Henry was most recently Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he also designed and co-curated Designing Experiences, an exhibit of work by graphic and industrial design alumni presented at the Krannert Museum of Art in Urbana from April through July 2006.

From 2000 through 2005, Brimmer was associate professor at Southern Utah University, where he was hired to establish a graphic design program through the Department of Art. Before that he had his own design studio in San Francisco and was the publisher/editor/designer of Photo Metro magazine, a San Francisco-based award-winning magazine on photography.

Brimmer received his Master of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, a bachelors degree in fine arts from Sonoma State University in California, and a bachelors degree in economics from the University of California-Berkeley. He resides in East Lansing with wife Therese, the rambunctious duo of Matias and Andreas and Cocoa the cat.

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