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Featured Intern

Ashley DiGirolomo

Ashley DiGirolomo
I am a senior Interpersonal Communication Studies major, with a minor in Psychology. During this spring semester, my last semester at BU, I am completing an Internship at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger in Danville in the Patient and Family Centered Care department (P&FFC). P&FFC is focused on creating the best hospital experience for patients and their families. My internship consists of regular communication with the young patients, along with talking to their families about hospital care and resources. I attend valuable meetings with other departments and I have redesigned templates for family events.

Department News:
July - August 2013

Publications

Hassert, J. (2013) A prank and its possibilities. Communication Currents, 8, 3.

Miller, E. C. (2012). Patrick Buchanan, culture war speech: Address to the republic national convention, 17 August 1992. Voices of Democracy: The U.S. Oratory Project, 7, 47-59.

Song, H., Kim, J., Tenzek, K. E., & Lee, K. (2013). The effects of competition and competitiveness upon intrinsic motivation in exergames. Computers in Human Behavior, 29, 1702-1708. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2013.01.042

Conference Presentations

Beerman, R. J. (2013, August). Toned arms or big butt? Michelle Obama disturbs notions of body, race, gender, and advocacy as Let’s Move! spokesperson. Paper presented at the 2013 NCA/AFA Summer Conference on Argumentation, Alta, UT.

Special Topic Courses: Summer session

Dr. Angela La Valley taught a summer course titled Communication and Family Problems for upper-level undergraduate students. The course provided an overview of theories/models of problematic family communication.  In addition, the course focused on family communication as it relates to specific family challenges, including issues such as sibling rivalry, grieving, addiction, mental health problems, and domestic violence.

Dr. Mary Nagy taught a summer course titled Communication and Physiology for upper-level undergraduate students. Over the course of the semester students learned the multiple body systems affected by and that can affect communication. As part of the course, some students submitted original works detailing new areas of communibiology to a local conference. Those papers selected will be presented in October (stay tuned for student acceptances!).