Recent Accomplishments


Stephenson Beck

Dr. Becks's co-edited book, The Emerald Handbook of Group and Team Communication Research, published was published by Emerald Publishing Limited in November 2021. This book "considers the current research of group communication scholars, provides an overview of major foci in the discipline, and points toward possible trajectories for future scholarship. It establishes group communication’s central role within research on human behaviour and fosters an identity for group communication researchers."

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Ganapathy Mahalingam

A Guide to the Design Thesis in Architecture is an accessible and easy to understand guide for graduate students who must complete a design thesis project. Based on the author’s decade of teaching a thesis research course, the book’s contents have been developed from the teaching experience and carefully reexamined, curated, refined, modified and expanded in this book with significant original material added.

The content is also based on feedback from student’s questions and participation in brainstorming sessions. The collective knowledge creation and the articulation of a process to be followed to complete a design thesis project successfully, have evolved gradually over time and are now in a state to be distilled and shared.

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Carol Archbold
Criminal Justice

Dr. Carol Archbolds's book with Carol M. Huynh and Thomas J. Mrozla, Policing: The Essentials features a diverse range of officers in a variety of situations, sometimes controversial. Policing: The Essentials introduces you to the core concepts of policing by examining the constantly changing role and practices used by police in today’s society. The authors connect key concepts to pressing issues such as defunding the police, the impact of the media on policing in the United States, racial profiling, police-invoked shootings, and police misconduct. With a unique chapter on police effectiveness and community policing, as well as an emphasis on diversity throughout the text, including racially diverse officers, LGBTQ, and female officers, you will develop a practical understanding of modern policing from which you can continue to build from as you pursue a degree. Read more.

Performances and Exhibits

Dr. Ganapathy Mahalingam

Dr. Ganapathy Mahalingam, Professor | Department of Architecture art exhibit, Algorithmic Art, now on display at the Flakoll Gallery in Renaissance Hall. The show will be on display from March 28 to April 8, 2022.

Description of the show:

Algorithmic Art is a collection of works, all created in 2022, that explores the frontiers of using algorithms to create works of visual art. All the works in the show are created using the programming language, Processing and image processing tools.

Each work’s narrative is the actual algorithmic code that created it. This algorithmic code is composed of elements that reveal a more conventional narrative within it, hidden and intermittently revealing itself. Taking its cue from the ancient Indian system of Katapayadi, where numbers are assigned to letters, and computations are performed through text and poetry, this process of creating visual art, explores symbol systems in a critical new way, and how they can be processed using multi-layered techniques to create meaningful expressions of visual art.

Unlike conventional narratives that evoke meaning, these symbolic narratives actuate the creation of visual works of art. Then a conventional discourse emerges for the visual work that has been generated.

Faculty Grants and Fellowships

Dan Pemstein
Political Science and Public Policy

The College is proud to announce that Dr. Dan Pemstein, Dept. of Political Science and Public Policy, was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for $737,487.  Dr. Pemstein is the principal investigator on this project. The NSF grant collaborates with individuals at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Brandeis for a total of $1,099,873. Dr. Pemstein’s faculty page.

Grant Abstract:

“This grant supports infrastructure to collect data from around the world on cybersecurity, internet freedom, disinformation, coordinated information operations, and the politicization and polarization of social media. The project builds a global pool of experts who will provide data each year. It also advances methods to ensure that these data are valid. The project links the data to a massive set of political tweets, coded by place. Scholars and others can access these data through an online interface and open-source software. This project can help us learn how states monitor, alter, and control online space. This research is critically important to the US government, aid and human rights groups, and private industry. Policymakers can also rely on this project to better understand how and where to step in to curb internet-driven political violence, stop the spread of disinformation, reduce electoral manipulation, and enhance government accountability. Civil society groups can use assessments of online freedom and cybersecurity to improve human rights surveillance. Firms can use the data to reduce harm caused by their social media platforms. Finally, teachers and students can use this project to better understand politics in a digital world, equipping citizens to safely traverse the modern information landscape.”

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