Annenberg Center for Advanced Study in Communication

The Annenberg Center for Advanced Study in Communication (ACASC) Fellowship Program was established in 2008 and is housed within the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania. The ACASC fellowship program aims to contribute to the professional training of communication scholars by providing opportunities to work with and publish from the extensive data available at APPC. Working with research area directors, fellows identify relevant research questions that may be addressed by APPC data sets. These include recent large-scale content analyses of media materials related to youth and health-risk behaviors and ongoing national surveys of parents and youth related to media use and political socialization. Fellows have access to extensive academic resources and training options available through the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, fellows are encouraged to develop new professional skills – such as preparing grant proposals or policy briefings – in a mentored, community-oriented environment. Fellowships run for one year with a possibility for a second-year renewal. Applicants should have received their Ph.D. within the last 5 years.

APPC and Ohio State researchers help understand the influence of maternal sexual communication on adolescent risky sexual behaviors

When mothers engage in frequent sexual discussions with their teenagers but fail to express clear disapproval of teenagers’ sexual involvement, their efforts are more likely to result in greater risky sexual involvement by their teen, according to a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The study was conducted by Atika Khurana, postdoctoral

Former APPC Postdoctoral Fellow published in the Journal of Family Issues

Former APPC Postdoctoral Fellow Cortney Evans, Ph.D., is the lead author of a forthcoming article, “Only Two Hours? A Qualitative Study of the Challenges Parents Perceive in Restricting Child Television Time,” which will appear in the Journal of Family Issues (September 2011). Dr. Evans’ co-authors are APPC Media and Developing Child Area Director Amy Jordan,

APPC Postdoctoral Fellow Presents Research Findings

Joelle Sano Gilmore, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at APPC’s Annenberg Center for Advanced Study in Communication, presented research findings at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society in Philadelphia, PA on February 25, 2011. Dr. Gilmore discussed similarities between corporate underwriting spots during children’s programming on PBS and advertisements during children’s programming on commercial networks, including the use of child-friendly production techniques and the prevalence of spots

ACASC Fellows Spring Colloquium: Dr. Vikki Sara Katz

On Monday, February 22, APPC’s Annenberg Center for the Advanced Study in Communication (ACASC) held its Spring Youth and Media Colloquium, featuring Vikki Sara Katz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication at Rutgers University. Dr. Katz’s talk — “What children’s media brokering can teach us about digital divides and health disparities: A view from an immigrant community” — drew from data collected

Former Postdoctoral Fellow Sally Dunlop and APPC Associate Director Dan Romer published in Journal of Adolescent Health

Sally Dunlop, Ph.D., a former postdoctoral fellow in APPC’s Annenberg Center for Advanced Study in Communication, and Dan Romer, Ph.D., associate director of APPC and director of its Adolescent Communication Institute, published a health brief, “Adolescent and young adult crash risk: Sensation seeking, substance use propensity and substance use behaviors,” in the Journal of Adolescent Health (vol. 46, 2010).

Priya Nalkur published in Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies

An article by Priya G. Nalkur, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at APPC’s Annenberg Center for Advanced Study in Communication, was published in the journal Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies (December 2009). Nalkur’s research with Tanzanian street children, former street children, and school-going children sheds light on the possible role of rehabilitative care in positively shifting