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Dean's Picks: Faculty Research and a Fulbright Scholar, Plus Wishes for 2013

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Speilberg's Lincoln

Big Data, Social Media, and the Elections

SOC professor Deen Freelon’s research analyzed responsiveness to Facebook posts made by the two 2012 presidential campaigns.
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Speilberg's Lincoln

Internship at the Washington Post an Unforgettable Experience

"I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, but my experiences thus far have been beyond my expectations," said SOC Dean's Intern Rachel Jacobs. Read more


Dean's Interns

AU Named a Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars

Isabelle Zaugg, SOC/MFA ’14, is one of AU's 14 Fulbright Scholars this year. She received a Fulbright research grant to travel to Ethiopia and train students in digital media. Read more


Wishes from SOC

Share your wishes on Facebook, Twitter, and in the SOC video holiday card! Enjoy hot cocoa & cookies at an end-of-semster study break with other SOC students, faculty and staff. While you're there you may have the chance to go viral for the holidays as we'll also be filming the SOC video holiday card. Join us December 6 in the lobby outside MGC Room 300. Stop by Room 300 to fill out your wish for the new year as well!


In the News

Vijay Ravindran

Washington Post Chief Digital Officer Joins Group Advising Entrepreneurship Degree

Vijay Ravindran is the latest media innovator to join an exciting group advising the new MA in Media Entrepreneurship at American University’s School of Communication. Read more

Pundits Predicted Romney Win

Journalism professor Jane Hall appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources to talk about the lack of penalties for media pundits who consistently make bad predictions, specifically those who predicted Romney would win this year’s Presidential contest. “There is no penalty for being wildly wrong, and in fact you continue to be asked to ‘punditize’ again. The interesting thing is that if you were a viewer of FOX [News], including Romney, you apparently had trouble believing what reality really was because you were so snowed and I think that is a problem." Watch video


What's New on the Monitors?

What's showing on the flat screens around MGC? Top work from SOC students and faculty.

President Neil Kerwin's Fall message to the AU community

"Through Their Eyes" documentary trailer by Bill Gentile


Upcoming Events

Nina Shapiro Perl's film, "Through the Eye of the Needle" at American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore
December 4 - all day, Off campus, Learn more

DC Startup Forum
December 5 - 7:00 p.m., Wechsler Theater Learn more

Sneak Peek of two AU produced documentaries for MPT and PBS
December 11 - 7:00 p.m., Wechsler Theater Learn more

SOC Holiday Party: Casino Royale
December 12 - 4:00 p.m., MGC 4 - 6

Public Screening of Digital Stories by Artists and Musicians from Southeast Washington
December 13 - 7:00 p.m., Wechsler Theater


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Please send your suggestions for Dean's Picks to Michael Wargo.