Category Archives: Faculty

Dr. Ekstrand ICS Lecture, November 10th at 1:00

Revealing John Doe: The Origins and Culture of Anonymous Speech in U.S. Law

Victoria Ekstrand
Tuesday, November 10th at 1:00
Room 207 (Mylander) BTSU

Is there a disjunction between how the law recognizes anonymous speech and how the public perceives it?

Professor Ekstrand’s talk provides a discussion of anonymous speech in U.S. historical and cultural traditions. Central to her talk is the examination of arguments by parties that have appeared before courts to defend its protection, while also drawing on interviews with those who have used anonymous speech in these cases to advance some political or social cause.

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Dr. Louisa Ha and Doctoral Student Primus Igboaka’s article received Special Commendation Award for Research of value to the developing world

Emerald Literati Network

2008 Awards for Excellence                                      


Louisa Ha, Raphael Okigbo and Primus Igboaka’s article titled, “Knowledge creation and dissemination in Sub-Saharan Africa,” published in Management Decision in 2008 has been chosen for a Special Commendation for Research of value to the developing world at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2009. Every year Emerald invites each journal’s Editorial Team to nominate what they believe has been that title’s Outstanding Paper and up to three Highly Commended Papers from the previous 12 months. The award winning papers are chosen following consultation amongst the journal’s Editorial Team, many of whom are eminent academics or managers. Your paper has been selected as it was one of the most impressive pieces of work the team has seen throughout 2008.


Further information regarding the Awards for Excellence can be found at the following site:

Dr. Park’s paper ranked 1st in Conference

Telecommunications Professor Dr. Sung-Yeon Park received first place for her paper in the Intergroup Communication Interest Group of the International Communication Association 2009 Conference in Chicago last May.

Her paper, “Explicating Mediated Intergroup Contact: A synthesis of the intergroup contact theory and media stereotype research,” came from her Peace Conference presentation last Fall.

TCOM Panel: Transition in Ohio: Challenges to Consumers and the TV Industry

The Department of Telecommunications will organize a digital TV transition panel on Feb 4.  As you may know, all full power TV stations must switch to digital broadcast and turn off their analog signals by Feb 17.  This is an historic moment and our event can generate a lot of media publicity with our focus in Ohio.  Details of the panel is below.  All are welcome to attend.

Title: Digital Television Transition in Ohio:  Challenges to Consumers and the TV Industry

February 4, Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. BTSU Theatre

Moderator:  Pat Fitzgerald, General Manager, WBGU-TV

Industry Speakers

–     Christine Merritt, Executive Director, Ohio Association of Broadcasters:  Digital TV Transition in Ohio: An Overview.

–     Pat Deville, President and General Manager of Erie County Cablevision, Ohio Cable Television Association:  Digital Must Carry – the debate and how it will affect consumers and TV stations in Ohio

–    Bob Chirdon, Vice President and General Manager, and Steve Crum, Chief Engineer, WTOL:  The implementation of DTV transition by WTOL-Toledo

Academic Speakers:

–    Dr. Louisa Ha, Professor and Acting Chair, Dept. of Telecommunications:  Ohio TV stations’ digital TV education efforts and business models

–     Dr. Sung-Yeon Park, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Telecommunications DTV readiness of Northwest Ohio residents and WBGU-TV Viewers

WBGU-TV recorded the event and stream the event
Link to the event video: