Research & Publications

The following is a non-exhaustive list of recent faculty research and scholarship, including publications, presentations and working projects, categorized by subject area and author. To learn more about SCS’s research interests or to contact one of our faculty experts, please visit Research Interests.

Communication, Public Relations, Social Media and Cause Engagement
Brevard, K. N., & Curry, T. P. (2005). An evaluation of the effectiveness of the Georgetown University and Ronald H. Brown Middle School Outreach Partnership.
Topics: university-public school partnerships, education, outreach, measurement, sociology, community based research
Summary: This research study examined the effectiveness of Georgetown University’s partnership with Ronald H. Brown Middle School in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the research was to evaluate the effectiveness of a ten-year, community-based research partnership aimed to combat the stratified educational opportunities in Washington, D.C. The mixed-methods study explored how university students and middle school faculty perceived partnership outcomes, as evidenced by middle school student achievement. Findings suggested a partnership model, which may be replicated in other university-public school partnerships.
Curry, T. P. (2007). Black women’s meaning making of HIV/AIDS campaigns: A black feminist approach to the impact of race on the reception of targeted health communication.
Topics: public relations, situational theory of publics, health communication, Black feminist theory, qualitative research
Summary: The purpose of this exploratory study was to understand how Black women make meaning of HIV/AIDS communication. This study combines Black feminist epistemology with the situational theory of publics in an examination of Black females’ meaning making of HIV/AIDS communication. Twenty in-depth interviews were conducted with Black women under the age of 35. Findings suggest targeted publics may choose not to process messages because they feel the messages inaccurately represent their identity, or not to seek information because they do not want to face judgment from others who associate their identity with a health problem because of targeted messages. This study added to the situational theory of publics by proposing an emerging model describing the relationship between identity and the variables of the situational theory.
Curry, T. P. (2007). Top line findings from qualitative data analysis for Center for Disease Control and Prevention evidence-based guidelines for communicating health protection messages to teens.
Topics: health communication, health literacy, marketing, public relations, HIV/AIS, teen health, qualitative research, messaging
Summary: This research contribution was included in report for the CDC’s National Center for Health Marketing, Atlanta, GA.
Topics: communication, media, international, activism, society, culture
Summary: This is a book review on Global Activism, Global Media.
Topics: communication, social media, cause engagement
Summary: Social media has chipped away at the foundation of traditional donor-engagement models. A new study highlights the realities of donor behavior and how organizations can redesign their outreach strategies to be more effective.
Dixon, J., Keyes. D., Ruiz, C., Ballou, L., Woolf, K., Sanderson, C., Bhende, S., Colkitt, G., & Baird, J. (2013). The digital social citizen.
Topics: social impact communication, social media, marketing, cause engagement
Summary: A quantitative study with the objective of fostering a deeper understanding of perceptions, behavior and motivations for cause support—both local and global—among digitally engaged American adults. Criteria for inclusion in the survey panel included online or offline support of a charity or cause during the previous 12 months, moderate activity on social media, and following at least one brand, company or organization on a social media platform. Market research firm Authentic Response fielded the online survey among 2,004 qualified American adults, ages 18 and over.
Topics: communication, social media, business
Summary: A study was conducted of in-depth interviews with individuals at 12 small to medium-sized businesses in the Greater Washington, D.C. Researchers were able to identify trends in how small businesses are thinking about social media, CSR and the intersection of the two. They were able to develop some best practices that will guide other small businesses in incorporating social media into their CSR storytelling mixes.
Topics: social media, public health, communication
Summary: This study researched and developed a white paper that examines how to leverage the opportunities social media provides by identifying tenets and best practices for public health-driven social media, as well as provides insights into how to reach and engage key consumer and provider audiences.
Keyes, D.Dixon, J., Weyler. A., Buchy, J., Arnold, D.,  Wayman, J.Temple, S., Friedman, K., Patterson, J., D’Agostino, H., Liang, A., & Guiskoff, J. (2010). Dynamics of cause engagement.
Topics: cause engagement, social impact communication
Summary: This study showcases trends in cause involvement and evaluating the role of a variety of activities in fostering engagement. An online survey was conducted by TNS Global among a nationally representative sample of 2,000 Americans ages 18 and over.

Kiernan, V. (2006). Embargoed science (University of Illinois Press).
Topics: health communication, journalism, mass media, science
Summary: In this book, Kiernan reveals the true process behind science news: an elite few scholarly journals control press coverage through a mechanism known as an embargo. The journals distribute advance copies of their articles to hundreds and sometimes thousands of journalists around the world, on the condition that journalists agree not to report their stories until a common time, several days later.
Topics: business ethics
Summary: This article focuses on the controversy over short selling that has continued unabated from the introduction of modern equity trading in Amsterdam in 1610 to the present day. Naked short selling creates ethical issues for short sellers, buyers, brokers, market makers, and regulators.
Topics: business ethics, public policy
Summary: This paper provides an overview of the most recent public policy and ethical issues as they relate to the growing usage of nonunion employment arbitration particularly in relation to financial services firms and professional firms.
Topics: business ethics, management, public policy, conflict
Summary: This paper delineates policy recommendations for federal sector management, labor, and neutrals in the area of alternative dispute resolution and conflict resolution mechanisms in the maturing arena of federal sector labor-management relations. The great desideratum in the arena of labor relations in the federal sector of the economy is harmony based on the resolving of conflicting interests of employees and their government employers.
Topics: public relations, health communication, public service announcement, campaign measurement
Summary: In this study, the situational theory of publics provided a theoretical framework for segmenting and analyzing constraint recognition among Black American women targeted in HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns. Findings indicate that constraint recognition, when linked to salient cultural identity in the minds of targeted publics, decreases message processing and increases fear of social stigma among targeted publics. The current study contributes to the expanding body of public relations literature on health and adds to the exploration of cultural identity as an antecedent variable in public relations' situational theory, which Sha (1999) had identified as an area for further study. Results from this qualitative study suggested a process for evaluating and avoiding the consequences of connecting constraints with identity in health campaigns that include targeting strategies. The study also reinforced the importance of intersectionality when seeking to understand traditionally marginalized publics' identities.
Turpin, T. P. (2012). Gendered inequality and pigeonholing in public relations: Practitioner resistance via social media.
Topics: public relations, pigeonholing, feminism, social media, power, critical research methods
Summary: This research employed critical empirical analysis, critical historical methods, and critical auto ethnography to study the development of gender inequality and pigeonholing. This study also examined practitioner resistance expressed via social media. Data spanning 1992-2012 included the following: labor trends in the public relations field, public relations agency leadership, archival data from professional public relations associations, editorial articles, and blog posts written by female professionals who self-identify as public relations practitioners. Findings included a critique of the historical development of gender pigeonholing in public relations and examples of resistance among female practitioners.
Turpin, T. P., & Long, K. H. (2009). Know your family health history: Pilot testing a public service announcement campaign for national launch.
Topics: public relations, health communication, public service announcement, campaign measurement
Summary: In an effort to address a widespread public health issue, Genetic Alliance and the American Society of Human Genetics partnered with WJLA-TV ABC 7, a local television network affiliate in the Washington D.C. area. The team launched a pilot Family Health History Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign aimed to increase awareness about the importance of family health history, and provide consumers with tools and resources that will help them collect and share this information with their doctors and other family members. This research evaluated the campaign and its outcomes.
Turpin, T. P., O’leary, J. O., Edelson, V. T., Long, K. H., Hood, E., & Bailey, W. (2009). Family health history campaign: A collaborative model for customizable public service announcements.
Topics: public relations, health communication, public service announcement, partnership model
Summary: Family health history presents an accessible way for individuals to be proactive about reducing their health risks, yet many are unaware of its immediate importance. This research evaluated a partnership model and public service announcement (PSA) campaign aimed at raising awareness about the importance of family health history.
Topics: social communication, visual communication, social media
Summary: Images can play a vital role in how effectively messages can reach various audiences. The primary objective of CSIC's Nonprofit Imagery Fellow was to develop a framework that will walk nonprofit organizations through the process of communications planning with photography as an integral element.
Topics: social impact communication, corporate communication, leadership
Summary: This study was conducted on research for the types of jobs available in communicating a company’s corporate social responsibility. She also examined patterns and trends across the ways in which a select group of corporations communicate their social responsibility. Her research entailed conducting audits of the companies’ websites and select CSR communications awards, and analyzing job postings in online CSR job boards.
Yoon, H., & Egger, H. (2004). Begging for change (Harper Business).
Topics: nonprofit management, leadership
Summary: This book is essential reading for nonprofit managers, corporate leaders, and, most of all, any citizen who has ever cared enough to give of themselves to a worthy cause.

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Higher Education Management, Administration and Program Development 

Stoll, D. (2017). Making a Branch Campus “Work”: Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. Chapter in Higher Education Investment in the Arab States of the Gulf: Strategies for Excellence and Diversity
Topics: higher education, global engagement, Arab states of the Gulf
Summary: Over the last half-century, the GCC states have invested on a huge scale in higher education, but the stated commitment to internationally recognized excellence has also to come to terms with tradition. These pressure points are examined here in a number of comparative studies, and cover among other topics: higher education as soft power to promote regional or global influence, intense reliance on foreign instructors, citizen entitlements, badu and hadar divisions, gender separation, different visions of language of instruction, marginalization of foreign students and faculty outside work, branch campuses of foreign universities. Despite efforts to train and employ nationals, the vast majority of health workers remain non-local, and major challenges remain in fields such as science and technology. Expenditure has not always led to the effective reform of underperforming educational systems, and institutions often fall short of their world-class aspirations.The studies in this book explore ways of making institutions better realise the balance between global and local.
Donahue, V., & Huntley, C. (In review). Summer service learning.
Topics: summer school, higher education, service learning
Summary: In 2011, the Summer School piloted two service-learning courses to serve the needs of a growing student population during the fall and spring, and to assess the potential for future enrollment growth in the summer term. The pre-test data consisted of enrollment figures for summer service learning courses from 2007 through 2011 and enrollment data for a single service learning course from four academic semesters in 2010 and 2011.  The data set also included a qualitative component -anonymous and confidential student interviews conducted in September and October 2011 to discover and assess the specific interests for enrolling in summer service learning. The analyzed data clearly demonstrated that the addition of an optional service-learning component to existing classes did not deter students from enrolling, nor did it attract more students to the courses, even though the university, perhaps because of its strong Jesuit tradition, attracts a large population of students pre-disposed to volunteerism.  However, there was one significant and unexpected finding: the qualitative data revealed that the single largest hindrance to enrollments was the absence of information about service learning opportunities. This finding cut across all semesters, fall, spring and summer, and was supported by data which demonstrates consistent percentages of enrollments in all three semesters for service learning courses.
Topics: higher education, experimental learning, political science
Summary: Although there have been several recent studies that have examined the role of portfolios in program assessment in political and general education as well as in the classroom (e.g., Long 2007; Banda 2004; 2003; Young 1996; Thompson 1991; Hutchings 1990), relatively little work has been done on using the portfolio to directly assess experiential learning, particularly a student’s experience in a structured internship. In this chapter, we focus on the development of a “critical portfolio,” or a portfolio assignment that promotes student reflection on his/her experiential learning. Deriving techniques suggested by the American Association of Higher Education’s Portfolio Clearinghouse, we propose several guidelines as to how to construct such a critical portfolio assignment.  Further, we argue that the critical portfolio assignment is a more effective technique than are the more often used journal assignment techniques, because the critical portfolio: 1) better improves student reflection regarding the experience, 2) better integrates the experience with the undergraduate political science curriculum, and, perhaps most importantly, 3) better facilitates assessment of student learning as a result of the experience.
Topics: experimental education, economy, liberal arts
Summary: Many educators and administrators are looking to broaden the discussion about attracting and retaining students in the liberal arts. The goal of this study is to broaden the discussion amongst those concerned about higher education regarding the importance of including appropriate experiential courses in the traditional liberal arts program of study. One way to facilitate such is to begin by addressing three areas of concern for faculty and administrators alike. The first concern addresses the foundation of teaching experience in the liberal arts. By borrowing from several education theorists, a method of inquiry for the educator new to experiential education begins to emerge. The discussion in the next section centers on the changing role of the liberal arts educator in the classroom once a field component becomes the focus of coursework. Finally, in order to increase experiential opportunities for students, those involved in educational decision-making in liberal arts institutions must remember that any experiential method of learning is a complementary and not competing part of the undergraduate program of study.
Topics: education reform, public school, case studies
Summary: During the 1980s, the education policy agenda proceeded from a consensus reached by politicians, the business community and educators to restructure the nation's public schools as a way to improve student achievement. This book begins with a critical examination of the impact of interest groups on American education since the inception of the first school system. Two restructuring proposals became extremely popular in the reform debate but stemmed from different premises about the best way to restructure the schools. The first, Public School Choice, centers on the idea that students should have the right to exit their assigned schools and attend a school of their choice. Schools would then be forced to improve because they would have to compete in the marketplace of students. The second proposal, School-Based Management, looks at the merits of strengthening the mechanism of voice for parents, students and teachers in the management of their neighborhood school. Those involved in the education process assess the needs, resources and development of local schools. Through two case studies, Minnesota and Baltimore City, the efforts and intentions of reformers demonstrate the ability of interest groups to capture and define the purpose of a public institution at the state and local level.
Stanton, R. C.Mancillas, L. M.Dodd, K. M., & Martin, Z. A.  (2012). Central marketing and the admissions office: A collaborative approach to increasing student enrollments in postsecondary degree programs.
Topics: higher education, administration, program development, marketing
Summary: Within postsecondary education, marketing and admissions departments typically focus on separate but related functions. Marketing works with prospective students while admissions works with applicants. A coordinated inter-departmental approach to working with prospective students can ensure that institutions are successfully building relationships with students and helping them to complete their applications at greater rates. Marketing and admissions departments can be more effective by working together to assist prospective students in moving from the point of requesting more information about an academic program (inquiry) through enrollment. This whitepaper describes the life-cycle approach that the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies employed and the process for implementing this successful framework. Requests for copies of this whitepaper can be sent to rcs63@georgetown.edu.
Stanton, R. C., Mancillas, L. M., & Dodd, K. M.  (2012). The relationship era is here: A new approach to marketing in a new era [Conference presentation].
Topics: higher education, administration, program development
Summary: Customers now expect to be able to connect with the brands they like and express their opinions on these brands and their products. These new behaviors signal the arrival of the relationship era in marketing. This presentation demonstrates how Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies developed a new perspective on marketing and entered the relationship era. At Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, we completely revamped our approach to prospective students. Our life-cycle strategy builds relationships with our prospects at every step—even before they have inquired or started an application—in order to encourage them to join our educational community. Requests for copies of this presentation can be sent to rcs63@georgetown.edu.
Stanton, R. C. (2010). State high school graduation requirements and access to postsecondary education.
Topics: higher education, administration, program development
Summary: This study examined the relationship between state policies mandating increased mathematics credits for high school graduation and access to postsecondary education. The purpose of this study was to determine if the state policy intervention of increasing high school mathematics requirements was related to a higher likelihood that students would complete higher-level mathematics course work, enter postsecondary education, and pursue a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) major. Analysis of National Education Longitudinal Study (NELS:88) student data using linear and logistic regression provided evidence that increased requirements supported policy objectives that included a more rigorous academic education and improved preparation for postsecondary entry and careers in science and mathematics. Holding constant a set of factors related to educational outcomes, students who were required to complete three mathematics credits for high school graduation were more likely to have taken additional high school mathematics course work, reached the level of trigonometry or above, enrolled in a bachelor's degree program, and pursued a STEM major, compared with those who had lower requirements. Overall, the policy that increased requirements met its objectives through a small but important increase in mathematics course taking, and that increase is shown to be related to a greater likelihood of entry into a bachelor's degree program and a STEM major. The finding of a greater likelihood of enrollment in a bachelor's degree program associated with higher mathematics requirements suggests that this policy was an effective mechanism through which to improve postsecondary access. Dissertations & Theses: (Publication No. AAT 3390456).

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Humanities, Social Sciences and Film Studies

Topics: philosophy, religion, digital scholarship
Summary: This paper explores the tensions between individual and collaborative aspects of reading in the context of MyDante, a digital environment for the study of Dante’s Divine Comedy. A view into the long-standing pedagogical experiment has been undertaken to integrate the MyDante site into an undergraduate philosophy course.
Ambrosio, F. (2007). Dante and Derrida: Face to face (State of New York Press).
Topics: philosophy, religious studies, Dante, Derrida
Summary: This book examines the case for entrusting responsibility to a writer who has said of himself that he “rightly passes” for an atheist. This study evokes the powerful connection of both Dante’s Commedia and Derrida’s Circumfession with St. Augustine’s Confessions. A close reading of Dante’s poem alongside certain of Derrida’s later texts, especially The Gift of Death, Memoirs of the Blind and “To Forgive,” reveals a bond of companionship in writing between them arising from the shared experience of religious conversion.
Topics: philosophy, romanticism, existentialism
Summary: This article discusses a half century ago when Martin Heidegger was seen as a representative of a tradition of modern philosophy alien to the spirit of America. Not only was he a spokesman and sometimes agent for a totalitarian political regime, but his philosophical writings seemed to embody the spirit of irrationalism nurtured in the nest of romanticism and existentialism.
Topics: philosophy, existentialism
Summary: This book offers some approaches to the fundamental elements of Heidegger's Being and Time novel and an analysis of human existence.
Topics: philosophy, existentialism, idealism
Summary: This article is a revised interpretation of Heidegger’s ‘ontological idealism,’ and its relationship to Kant’s transcendental idealism.
Chambers, C. (2008). The darker mask (Tor Books).
Topics: superheroes, urban legends, myths, folk tales
Summary: This book expands on the concept behind Byron Preiss's Weird Heroes from the 1970s, George R. R. Martin's Wild Card series, and Michael Chabon's McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, The Darker Mask is a collection of original prose stories recalling the derring-do of the beings we call Superheroes and the worlds they fight to save.  But unique to The Darker Mask stories is that these plots and characters color a literary universe outside of what has been predominantly white, idiosyncratic, and male in previous homages to pulp.  This is the stuff of urban legends, new mythos, and extraordinary folks who might live in a soon-to-be-gentrified ghetto, the dreary rust-belt of the city, or in another dimension.  The Darker Mask offers an eclectic mix of popular fiction writers exploring worlds gritty, visceral, and fantastic.
Topics: philosophy, African mysticism, witchcraft
Summary: This book is the action-packed sequel to the riveting debut Sympathy for the Devil, Chambers, C. captivates his readers with an unpredictable plot that pits this strong and savvy female protagonist against a cast of formidable foes—both human and supernatural. His innovative blend of images from traditional African mysticism and the vivid landscape of our nation’s capital breathes new life into the suspense thriller genre. Fans of Walter Mosley, Thomas Harris, and Patricia Cornwell will all love this remarkably spellbinding page-turner.
Topics: religious studies, political science, terrorism
Summary: This article argues the provocative thesis that the very best qualities of religion—its ability to make people feel good and bring them together-are in fact it’s most dangerous. Whether you are a suicide bomber or the leader of a country with nuclear weapons, fervent belief in an afterlife, in a messianic future, or in honor, love and self-sacrifice, makes complete self-annihilation a tolerable-even attractive-outcome to any conflict that threatens your society’ sway of life.
Topics: religious studies, Hinduism, history
Summary: This book considers the Hinduism religion and the three principle gods: Brahma, Shiva, and Vishu. A historical analysis of the god, Vishnu, known as the preserver, is examined in relation to the cultural significance.
Glucklich, A. (2003). Climbing chamundi hill (HarperCollins).
Topics: religious studies, Hinduism
Summary: In this book, a journey of spiritual progression through commentaries on Indian folk and fairy tales from a Shiva devotee. Drawing on the traditions of Hinduism, this book creates a postmodern novel on anti-foundationalism.
Topics: religious studies, philosophy, Islam, Christianity
Summary: In this book, Heck describes the Christian-Muslim interaction in all corners of the globe. Many celebrate the commonality of these traditions but significant differences remain. If these religions cannot be easily reconciled, can we perhaps view them through a single albeit refractive lens? This is the approach Paul Heck takes in Common Ground: To undertake a study of religious pluralism as a theological and social reality, and to approach the two religions in tandem as part of a broader discussion on the nature of the good society.
Topics: religious studies, philosophy, Islam
Summary: This article examines Sufism, which is commonly called mysticism, the mysticism of Islam, but is it mysticism and what is its relation to Islam? Despite diverse expressions and modernist and reformist attempts to disassociate it from Islam, Sufism is the spirituality of Islam.
Topics: religious studies, Islam
Summary: This article examines whether the mystical point of view contributes anything to the noble character in Islam.
Topics: religious studies, Islam, philosophy
Summary: This article treats one response, made by a Muslim philosopher of the fourth/tenth century, to the crisis of knowledge engendered by this far-reaching diversity.
Topics: religious studies, Islam, philosophy
Summary: In this journal, Sufism—spiritual practice, intellectual discipline, literary tradition, and social institution—has played an integral role in the moral formation of Muslim society. Its aspiration toward a universal kindness to all creatures beyond the requirements of Islamic law has added a distinctly hypernomian dimension to the moral vision of Islam, as evidenced in a wide range of Sufi literature.
Topics: religious studies, Islam
Summary: This article offers an overview of the various formulations of jihad during the first six Islamic centuries (7th–13th CE), showing them to be embedded in particular socio-historical contexts. If the essential significance of jihad as righteous cause (i.e., action for the sake of a moral order) is shown to have been variously altered according to the needs and conditions of the Muslim community, significant possibilities arise for a contemporary understanding of jihad that is relevant to the needs and circumstances of the Muslim community today.
Topics: religious studies, Islam
Summary: In this article, religious pluralism is examined in the context of the Islam religion.
Topics: religious studies, Islam, philosophy, scripture
Summary: In this article, scriptural rhetoric is compared in a community context of the Islam religion.
Topics: black masculinity, women, hip-hop
Summary: In this book, Moore and Hopkinson examine Black masculinity from a variety of perspectives, looking not for consensus but for insight. With chapters on Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, on the complicated relationship between women and hip-hop, on babydaddies, on gay Black men on and off the down low, on strippers and their fathers, on Black men in the office, at school, and in jail, Deconstructing Tyrone presents a multifaceted picture of American Black men now.
Kaplan, D. E. (2003). Yakuza: Japan's criminal underworld, expanded edition (University of California Press).
Topics: Japanese crime
Summary: This book is tells the revised full story of Japan's remarkable crime syndicates, from their feudal start as bands of medieval outlaws to their emergence as billion-dollar investors in real estate, big business, art, and more.
Topics: online high school guide, school courses, education
Summary: This book provides students, teachers, and parents with a road map to the rapidly growing number of online high schools, this comprehensive guide lists courses in math, science, history, English, foreign languages, and even physical education and electives at 113 high schools that offer courses over the Internet.
Topics: dissertation, graduate studies, Microsoft Word, technology guide, education
Summary: This book guides a graduate student, step by step, thorough the process of using Microsoft Word to produce a dissertation that meets the requirements of the student's graduate school -- the first time it's submitted. Throughout, the book uses real-world examples of formatting requirements from actual graduate schools, and is amply illustrated to provide a visual guide to working through Microsoft Word.
Linafelt, T., & Brueggemann, W. (2012). An introduction to the Old Testament (Westminster John Knox Press).
Topics: religious studies, Christianity, philosophy
Summary: In this book, Brueggemann and Linafelt introduce the reader to the broad theological scope of the Old Testament, treating some of the most important issues and methods in contemporary biblical interpretation. This clearly written textbook focuses on the literature of the Old Testament as it grew out of religious, political, and ideological contexts over many centuries in Israel's history.
Topics: religious studies, philosophy
Summary: In this note we argue for understanding Qoh 3:1 as verse (the opening to the poem that follows in 3:2-8) and consider possible lineation options, proposing in the process a new way of under-standing its structure as a couplet. With only limited and erratic early manuscript evidence for lineation and no explicit, contemporary comment on this topic, the line structure of biblical Hebrew poems will always be in need of (re)construction. The exercise undertaken here exemplifies the kind of (re)constructive endeavor we believe necessary for thinking seriously about line structure in biblical verse.
Topics: religious studies, Christianity, Judaism, biblical text
Summary: This article discusses the Book of Ruth, in many respects it is a classic example of biblical Hebrew narrative, with its stripped-down style and the opaqueness of its character's inner lives and motivations. There are two examples of formal poetry in the book (1:16–17 and 1:20–21). Biblical poetry works with a very different set of literary conventions than narrative, and by taking note of those conventions, we can see the distinctive contributions made by these poems to the book as a whole.
Topics: religious studies, biblical text, philosophy
Summary: This article discusses the drastic economy of biblical narrative style is not simply to be equated with an absence of style but rather represents a distinctive narrative poetics, which turns in particular on the opaqueness of characters' inner lives and thus on the essential ambiguity of character motivation. Such practical criticism, by rigorously lingering over the details and structures of the literature, serves as an indispensable prolegomena to the meaning-making project of interpretation, theological or otherwise.
Topics: religious studies, classical literature, philosophy
Summary: Comparing the book of Job with The Wizard of Oz brings out quite a few substantial similarities between the two. Whether or not these similarities are the result of direct, conscious influence, considering these two classic works together leads to a more interesting and complex evaluation of each on its own. In particular, we may see that both works demonstrate a knowing engagement with what aesthetic theory would identify as "the beautiful" and "the sublime." Ultimately, The Wizard of Oz rejects the sublime in favor of the beautiful, whereas the book of Job, though implying a critique of the sublime as represented in the God-speeches, holds on to both the sublime and the beautiful as legitimate categories.
Topics: religious studies, philosophy
Summary: This article discusses the complexity of erotic love in the book "Song of Songs." Information on the treatments of erotic love in Greek philosopher Plato's philosophical dialogue "The Symposium"; Background on "Song of Songs"; Introduction of a third character in the book aside from the two lovers.
Topics: Jewish history, Yiddish culture
Summary: This book tells the story of a nonagenarian Itsik Malpesh—the last Yiddish poet in America—spends his days lamenting the death of his language and dreaming of having his memoirs and poems translated into a living tongue. So when a twenty-one-year-old translator and collector of Judaica crosses his path one day, he goes to extraordinary efforts to enlist the young man’s services. And what the translator finds in ten handwritten notebooks is a chronicle of the twentieth century. From the Easter Sunday Pogrom of Kishinev, Russia, to the hellish garment factories of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Itsik Malpesh recounts a tumultuous, heartrending, and colorful past. But the greatest surprise is yet to come: for the two men share a connection as unlikely as it is life-affirming.
Topics: religious studies, Islam, Middle East
Summary: In this book, Nomani shows how many of the freedoms enjoyed centuries ago have been erased by the conservative brand of Islam practiced today, giving the West a false image of Muslim women as veiled and isolated from the world. Standing Alone in Mecca is a personal narrative, relating the modern-day lives of the author and other Muslim women to the lives of those who came before, bringing the changing face of women in Islam into focus through the unique lens of the hajj. Interweaving reportage, political analysis, cultural history, and spiritual travelogue, this is a modern woman's jihad, offering for Westerners a never-before-seen look inside the heart of Islam and the emerging role of Muslim women.
Topics: cultural identity, spiritual identity, Pakistan
Summary: This book examines a New Age Tantric seminar in Santa Cruz to sitting at the feet of the Dalai Lama in India, from meditation caves in Thailand to crossing the Khyber Pass with Muslim militants and staring down the barrel of an Afghan soldier's AK-47, Nomani's trek unexpectedly climaxes in Pakistan, where she risks great danger in joining the hunt for kidnapped fellow reporter Danny Pearl. She travels the globe in search of this elusive "divine love," but ultimately hers is a journey of self-discovery in which the divine within herself and within all women—all "tantrikas"—is revealed.
Rankin, W. (In preparation). Defusing the mythology of World War II: Fairies, fighters, ghosts, and bombs in Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth and The Devil's Backbone [Article in book].
Topics: fairy tales, folk tales, film studies
Summary: In Pan's Labyrinth and The Devil's Backbone, del Toro presents alternate worlds in which fairies and ghosts exist uneasily alongside rebels, soldiers, and orphans. These films are informed by a historic duality that highlights the isolation of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and its aftermath in the context of the global World War. In both films, del Toro shows us a country that was ironically saved from the world stage—in which the dictator Francisco Franco was largely aligned with Hitler and Mussolini—through its devastating civil battles.
Rankin, W. (2011). Fairy Goth-Mothers: Maternal Wish Fulfillment in Kate Morton’s The Forgotten Garden [Article in book].
Topics: fairy tales, folk tales
Summary: This article examines iconic fairy tale imagery, including direct references to the Grimm Brothers, in Morton's multi-generational novel.
Topics: film studies, sexuality and gender, horror genre
Summary: Articles in this book explore how and why The Exorcist (premiering 26 December 1973) still haunts our imaginations and nightly dreams, along with influencing a new generation of directors, including Guillermo del Toro, M. Night Shyamalan, and James Wan. In-depth conversations with its makers, from the present to nearly four decades ago, ask about its inspirations and ambitions, and deliver many unexpected answers. New evaluative treatments from leading scholars of film and fiction track what this original film and its prequels and sequels indicate about sexuality and gender roles, morality and the monstrous, character and conflict, politics and theology, adaptation and artistic ambiguity, fateful decisions in casting/writing/directing, and conversations The Exorcist has with other films.
Rankin, W. (2011). Mapping the other in Eliot and Ozdamar [Article in book].
Topics: minority literature, German studies
Summary: The articles of the volume Mapping the World, Culture, and Border-crossing are about the mental and physical "mapping" of and in (im)migration and border-crossing and these activities' impact on culture and society. The volume is divided into two parts. Part Two: Analyses of Culture, Mapping, and Border-crossing contains articles—including this one—where the focus is more on practice and application including the analyses of literary texts, urban studies, and society at large.
Rankin, W. (2008). Basic college research skills [Book review].
Topics: college, higher education, research skills
Summary: This is a review of the book Basic College Research Skills by Steven Bookman and Christopher Warburton.
Rankin, W. (2008). Driving change in special education [Book review].
Topics: special education
Summary: This is a review of the book Driving Change in Special Education by James J. Gallagher.
Topics: folk tales, fairy tales, pop culture, film studies, horror genre
Summary: In this book, Rankin examines the many ways that recent films have employed archetypal images, themes, symbols, and structural elements that originated in the most well-known Grimm fairy tales. The author draws similarities between the cannibalistic symbolism of the Grimm brothers' Little Red Cap and the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs and reveals Faustian parallels between Rumpelstiltskin and the 1968 film Rosemary's Baby. Each of eight chapters reveals a similar pairing, and film stills and illustrations are featured throughout the work.
Rankin, W. (2006). Grass, Gunter [Article in book].
Topics: German studies, gender and sexuality, literature
Summary: The Encyclopedia of Erotic Literatureis a two-volume work that contains some 540 entries on erotic literature on an international scale. The Encyclopedia has an unprecedented scope, the first scholarly reference resource to bring the field together in all its fascinating variety. The entries examine the history of the literature in different countries and languages from classical antiquity to the present day, individual writers from around the world.
Rankin, W. (2006). Mann, Thomas [Article in book].
Topics: German studies, gender and sexuality, literature
Summary: The Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature is a two-volume work that contains some 540 entries on erotic literature on an international scale. The Encyclopedia has an unprecedented scope, the first scholarly reference resource to bring the field together in all its fascinating variety. The entries examine the history of the literature in different countries and languages from classical antiquity to the present day, individual writers from around the world.
Topics: minority literature, German studies
Summary: This paper explores the opposing ways allusion can be used in the works of major and minority authors. While Eliot is a canonized author whose The Waste Land is characterized by allusions to Eastern and Western works supplemented with his own comprehensive endnotes, Özdamar is a Turkish-German author whose "A Cleaning Woman's Career" subjects Western literary and historical figures -- including Medea, Hamlet and Ophelia, Nathan the Wise, Julius Ceasar, an Hitler and Eva Braun -- to the interpretive powers of a Turkish cleaning woman working as a guest worker (Fremdarbeiterin) in Germany.
Rankin, W. (2005). You’re going to love this kid! Teaching students with autism in the inclusive classroom [Book review].
Topics: special education
Topics: religious studies, philosophy
Summary: This book is the rare contemporary moral problems anthology that privileges depth over breadth. Containing readings on moral theory and practice from a collection of today's most important thinkers and drawing on philosophical and religious perspectives, it offers important, divergent viewpoints on some of today's most hotly contested issues.
Topics: religious studies, existentialism
Summary: This anthology focuses on a variety of perspectives on religious faith with their differing approaches to the roles of reason, knowledge, the will, belief, and language. Engaging and accessible, it provides thought-provoking selections that will appeal to a large variety of readers. It opens by posing fundamental questions surrounding belief and unbelief, and then moves ahead to examine the arguments for God's existence and the four classic models of religious faith.
Topics: religious studies, Christian pilgrimage
Summary: In this article, Ruf examines the Medieval Christian pilgrimage, the opportunity for reform, and the search for one’s identity.
Ruf, F. J. (2007). Bewildered travel: The sacred quest for confusion. (University of Virginia Press).
Topics: religious studies
Summary: In this book, Ruf argues that this confusion, which we might think of simply as a necessary evil, is in fact the very thing we are seeking when we leave home. Ruf relates this quest for confusion to our religious behavior. Citing William James, who defined the religious as what enables us to "front life," Ruf contends that the search for bewilderment allows us to point our craft into the wind and sail headlong into the storm rather than flee from it. This view challenges the Eliadean tradition that stresses religious ritual as a shield against the world’s chaos. Ruf sees our departures from the familiar as a crucial component in a spiritual life, reminding us of the central role of pilgrimage in religion.
Topics: religious studies, Christianity
Summary: The biblical story of Adam and Eve is applied to a contemporary context in popular culture.
Topics: religious studies, Catholicism
Summary: An introductory essay orients readers to the ways that films appear in culture and describes the broad trends that can be seen in the movies' hundred-year history of representing Catholics. Each chapter is written by a noted scholar of American religion who concentrates on one movie engaging important historical, artistic, and religious issues. The American cultural and social history is discusses in the film as an expression of Catholic concerns of the period, and relates the film to others of its genre.
Topics: religious studies, Holocaust, Christianity
Summary: This book focuses on the Holocaust in relationship to the responsibilities that Christians bear in their symbols and theologies.
Topics: religious studies
Summary: This book brings together the key writings in this exciting and dynamic discipline. In over sixty interviews, essays and reviews from numerous directors, film critics and scholars, this anthology offers the most complete survey of this emerging field to date. Sander’s “Except from Celluloid Saints” is one of the essays.
Topics: religious studies, Christianity, Catholicism
Summary: This essay shows how the Catholic Ash Wednesday liturgy can be illuminated by Job's last speech, wherein we learn that we are creatures who stand before a world we do not understand, that we must take responsibility for our actions even when God does not seem so inclined, and that meaningful repentance can happen only in the presence of those we have wronged. The essay concludes with a consideration of how the meaning of death changed with the twentieth century's capacity for inflicting mass annihilation.
Topics: religious studies, Judaism, Christianity
Summary: This book provides insight on how much Jesus was a part of his Jewish culture and how much he moved beyond this culture to new and unique insights. The human exist of Jesus is examined.
Topics: religious studies, Judaism, Christianity
Summary: In this book, the life and time of Paul is examined in terms of his conversion, teachings, and the Empire during the time.
Turpin, T. P. (2012). Study smart, study less [Book review].
Topics: learning, pedagogy
Summary: This review of the book Study Smart, Study Less is intended to help high school and undergraduate students prepare forexams and assignments.

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Leadership, Organizational Development, Human Resources and Diversity and Inclusion 

Topics: leadership and innovation
Summary: This book explores the power of connecting with and learning from people who are different than we are as a key to our success as individuals and organizations.
Topics: project management, leadership, technology, organizational change
Summary: A team approach is often the best solution for capturing new opportunities or addressing complex issues on short timescales. This article articulates best practices.
Stanley, J. Woody (2012). “Applying Performance-Based Management Practices in the U.S. Federal Highway Administration: A Practitioner's Perspective” [Article in journal].
Topics: Organizational development, federal government, strategic planning
Stanley, J. Woody (2015). “Citizen Engagement: A Case Study of Participation in Agency Strategic Planning” [Online publication].
Topics: Organizational development, federal government, strategic planning
Summary: This article describes the DOT’s recent efforts through an online dialogue to engage citizens in agency strategic planning.
Stanley, J. Woody (2014). National Online Dialogue: A Case Study of Participation and Collaboration in Agency Strategic Planning [Conference presentation]. 
Topics: Organizational development, federal government, strategic planning
Topics: Organizational development, federal government, strategic planning
Summary: Twenty years ago, Congress enacted the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). This legislation was intended to reform the strategic management practices of federal government agencies by requiring agency leaders to develop a strategic plan with outcome-oriented goals, identify performance measures and targets for each of the goals, and annually report their progress in achieving these goals. This book explores challenges associated with implementing reforms.
Stanley, J. Woody and C. Weare (2004). “The Effect of Internet Use on Political Participation: Evidence from an Agency Online Discussion Forum” [Article in journal].
Topics: Federal government, strategic planning, Internet
Traynham, R. (2013). What will the state of African Americans be in Obama’s second term? [Panel presentation].
Topics: politics, Obama, GOP, African American
Summary: Traynham served on a panel for the National Urban League and discussed the state of black America and what the GOP needs to do to remain relevant.
Traynham, R. (2013). Emerging black political thought and beyond the 47% [Conference presentation].
Topics: Obama, cultural diversity, politics, elections, Republican
Summary: This conference presentation on emerging black political thought was at the Keystone Honors Society  at Cheyney University and centered on the 2012 U.S. presidential election.
Traynham, R. (2013). Anticipating beyond the 47% [Conference presentation].
Topics: election, Republican, minorities
Summary: This conference presentation on the GOP’s branding problem was at the Symposium on Leadership sponsored by the Ripon Society and centered on the 2012 U.S. presidential election.
Topics: coaching, leadership, organizational development
Summary: Drawing upon the curriculum of one of the premier coach training programs in the world, this book's second edition focuses on coaching leaders in the context of the organizational systems within which they lead. Forty percent of this edition consists of new and revised material, including chapters on professional coaching, self-awareness, cultures in coaching, coaching relationships, behavioral practices, and grounded assessments.

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IT, Technology Management, Cloud Computing and Online Education  

Topics: technology management, government IT
Summary: The GTSI Technology Leadership Series brings government leaders, industry innovators and IT analysts together in a lively forum that examines key technology issues facing government today. GTSI helps government agencies proactively manage their enterprise technology infrastructure, using a Technology Lifecycle Management (TLM) approach.
Bajinder, P. (2011). Cloud computing [Conference presentation].
Topics: cloud computing
Summary: This presentation discusses transforming Federal Information Technology management through the use of cloud computing.
Topics: technology management, IT in government
Summary: At this conference, Bajinder presented on FedScoop’s 3rd annual Lowering the Cost of Government with Technology Summit, part. of the FedTalks event series, will bring together leading federal government and industry IT experts to discuss the state of government technology.
Topics: globalization, internet, elections, politics
Summary: In this book, Graff represents the people that all the candidates want to engage: young, technologically savvy, concerned about the future. In this far-reaching book, he asks: Will the two major parties seize the moment and run the first campaign of the new era, or will they run the last campaign all over again?
Jones, J.H. (Forthcoming). Incident response and digital forensics in the cloud: Security in cloud computing.
Topics: incident response, digital forensics, cloud computing
Summary: This book explores cyber incident response and digital forensics deals with the collection and analysis of digital data to determine the course and nature of a cyber incident. While incident response and digital forensics in a non-cloud environment is a relatively mature discipline, such is not the case in a cloud environment. Clouds create specific challenges around the availability, integrity, and provenance of digital data, all of which are fundamental to an accurate analysis and incident investigation. Potential solutions to these challenges exist, but relatively few are widely implemented, and some not at all. We present the foundations of cyber incident response, digital forensics, and cloud services, then discuss the specific challenges which cloud environments present for incident response and digital forensics. We close with a discussion of potential solutions to these challenges and unique opportunities presented by cloud environments.
Topics: Change management, emergency and disaster management, technology management
Summary: Emergency Management and Disaster Response Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships bridges the gap between the theoretical and the practical components of crisis management and response. This chapter focuses on change management and mitigating the impact of technology change in organizations.
Topics: technology management, healthcare IT
Summary: In this study, 120 1st year medical students expanding to residents and fellowships were surveyed. Research was conducted on technology change on individual symptoms.
Topics: technology management, healthcare IT
Summary: In this study, the unique dynamics of the healthcare environment will challenge the timeline of the federal mandate. This workshop will introduce the LOE Index (Grady, 2005), a quantitative diagnostic tool that identifies organizational symptoms experienced during a technology change, that unrecognized, can lead to an Organizational loss of effectiveness (LOE).
Topics: technology management, organizational change
Summary: The three most important factors in managing technology change in your organization are people, people, people. This session introduces practices for technology change that focuses on people and how factors inherent in change affect their performance and subsequently have a negative impact on the organization. In addition, the session will discuss key success factors and mitigation techniques to help improve the success of technology change.
Topics: technology management, organizational change
Summary: Communicate the change, involve end-users, get leadership support, and provide training -- four simple practices to use when implementing a new technology within your organization. Utilization of all four of these methods can help alleviate the negative effects of a technology change.
Topics: technology management, software and applications
Summary: The SaaS model can relieve the burden of support of the infrastructure, improve green initiatives, reduce costs, and allow the IT staff to focus more on customer needs.
Topics: technology management, software and applications
Summary: The SaaS model can relieve the burden of support of the infrastructure, improve green initiatives, reduce costs, and allow the IT staff to focus more on customer needs.
Topics: technology management, mitigation techniques
Summary: A study was conducted on reasons to mitigate technology change when considering the human aspect.
Topic: health information technology, mHealth
Summary: International mHealth development has focused primarily on engaging rural populations through cellular phones. Mobile devices provide the ability to share information quickly and without the need for additional robust infrastructure.
Topic: health information technology, mHealth
Summary: Considering the shift to value based purchasing, this article examines the question of defining the scope of using the term "patient" or "consumer" in healthcare.
Topic: health information technology, mHealth
Summary: A review of recent discussions by the Energy and Commerce committee and discussions on what was not mentioned in testimony. 
Topic: health information technology, mHealth
Summary: Mobile devices represent an amazing opportunity for researchers to combine evidence-based medicine with an intimate perspective on human behavior. Apps can record how long and how a user interacts with a platform, and researchers should be aware of the role of IRBs in shaping future research efforts in the mHealth space.
Topic: health information technology, mHealth
Summary: The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT continues to recognize the importance of mobile devices in healthcare settings. With Thursday's release of Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements, the agency will eventually shift focus to Stage 3, the area of greatest opportunity for input and impact from the mobile community. It is in stages 2 and 3 that consumer engagement, reduction of disparities and patient access to data and engagement with their provider comes into focus. 
Topic: health information technology, mHealth
Summary: Various agencies within Health and Human Services are exploring the creation of diverse research networks based on technology. The use of mobile technologies is emerging as a potential solution in the deployment of syndromic population health monitoring or for other areas of monitoring. 
Topic: health information technology, mHealth
Summary: An analysis of the future role of research in MHealth.
Topics: project management, leadership, technology, organizational change
Summary: An analysis of several government defense and intelligence agency large-scale acquisition programs that experienced significant cost and schedule growth shows that several factors need to be addressed in the preacquisition phase. This article explores best practices.
Topics: project management, leadership, technology, organizational change
Summary: A study was undertaken to understand why cost overruns and schedule delays have occurred and continue to occur on large-scale U.S. Department of Defense and intelligence community programs.
Topics: project management, leadership, technology, organizational change
Summary: This article outlines the seven leadership practices that contribute to the success of ground, air, and space projects. The purpose is to provide additional knowledge to project management and leadership practices, confirm the result of other publications and studies on complex Department of Defense (DoD) projects, and discuss the causes of unsuccessful complex DoD projects.
Topics: information management, online education
Summary: A collection of chapters and case studies contributed by college and university presidents, provosts, faculty, and other stakeholders. Institutions are finding new ways of achieving higher education’s mission without being crippled by constraints or overpowered by greater expectations.
Topics: higher education, diversity and inclusivity
Summary: This session at the Educause 2013 Annual Conference addresses what we know, what we think we know, and what we should know about diversity in the technology professions in higher education.
Topics: technology management, IT leadership, diversity and inclusivity
Summary: This session at the Educause 2013 Annual Conference addresses attention to diversity and inclusivity can significantly benefit an organization in many ways. How can we systematically improve diversity in IT, from entry level to key leadership? Learn how to open a dialogue and create networks for collaboration to support group members, provide mentors, and advocate for diversity issues.

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Real Estate, Urban Planning and Development and Redevelopment

Topics: real estate, development, transit
Summary: Transit-oriented development (TOD) has attracted interest as a tool for promoting smart growth, leveraging economic development, and catering to shifting market demands and lifestyle preferences. This study, based on a combination of stakeholder survey responses, interviews, and in-depth case studies, paints a national portrait of contemporary TOD practice in the United States.
Topics: real estate, economics, finance
Summary: About half of the homes, office buildings, stores, and factories needed by 2030 do not even exist today. The culture is changing from profligacy to frugality, emphasizing low environmental impact and high efficiency.
Topics: real estate, redevelopment
Summary: Restorative development is the largest, fastest-growing new source of prosperity in today's global economy. ReWealth! unveils the astonishing growth of this trend, presenting the context and strategies for taking advantage of the tremendous wealth of restorable assets-all while renewing and revitalizing the world around us.
Topics: real estate, sustainability, land use, infrastructure, urban planning
Summary: Providing expert insight into the ways the nation's metropolitan areas are changing, this book explores the land use issues that affect quality of life and makes recommendations for reducing sprawl and dependence on cars, encouraging sustainability, investing in infrastructure, and addressing other issues such as workforce housing availability, shopping, and leadership in land use.
Topics: real estate, natural disasters, redevelopment
Summary: Hudnut, W. and Senator Mary Landrieu debate on rebuilding the city of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The pro/con argument relates to the redevelopment of flood-prone areas.
Topics: real estate, community, development
Summary: This publication presents principles to guide community leaders and public officials together with private investors and developers through the development process and highlights best practices from partnerships around the country. The principles endeavor to ensure the most efficient use of public and private resources to implement a wide range of long- and short-term projects to revitalize urban and suburban communities.
Topics: real estate, suburbs, revitalization, community
Summary: Drawing from his experience as mayor, Bill Hudnut describes in this book the plight of first-tier suburbs and reveals how they have been left behind as the spotlight has focused on downtown revitalization and growth in outlying areas. Learn how these areas are turning around and becoming vibrant attractive areas in which to live, work, and play.
Hudnut, W. (2003). The creative community: Designing for life [Book chapter]. (Images Publishing Dist Ac).
Topics: real estate, architecture, urban planning
Summary: Introduction to text on thoughts on the future of architecture and planning is based on creativity and thoughtful design.
Topics: real estate, urban planning, diversity, sustainable development, government
Summary: In this book, Hudnut draws on his past experience as mayor of Indianapolis to describe his vision for dealing with diversity, encouraging sustainable development, finding alternatives to sprawl, managing technological change, regional collaboration, improving government efficiency, and more.
Hudnut, W. (1995). The Hudnut years in Indianapolis, 1976-1991. (Indiana University Press).
Topics: real estate, urban management, leadership, government
Summary: In this book, Hudnut discusses his 16-year tenure as mayor of Indianapolis. The city was transformed from India-No-Place to what has been called the Miracle of the Rust Belt. Here he reflects on the trials, tribulations, and many successes of his stint as mayor, and invites supporters and critics alike to comment on the Hudnut years. The result is an insider’s look at the politics, personalities, and problems of a major urban center.
Topics: government, politics, religion, faith
Summary: Hudnut, the author and a Presbyterian minister, describes his experiences during three terms as mayor of Indianapolis and discusses the problems and issues that face American cities today.

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Sports Management and Sports Marketing

Goldwater, R. (Forthcoming). The sports event management and marketing playbook (2nd ed.) [Book chapter].
Topics: sports management, sports marketing
Summary: The Sports Event Management and Marketing Playbook is a textbook crafted to help develop a new generation of sports event professionals and to assist amateur organizers in staging better showcases at their venues and for their communities by incorporating the best practices of today’s ever-evolving sports event business. The Playbook provides in-depth focus on the essential philosophies, strategic priorities and planning processes that ensure the successful presentation of sports events.
Topics: real estate
Summary: This is a book review on It's Hardly Sportin': Stadiums, Neighborhoods, and the New Chicago, by Costas Spirou and Larry Bennett.
Lynn, J. (2011). Reinventing sports media. [Conference presentation].
Topics: sports management, sports media.
Summary: At the Washington-area TEDxPennQuarter Conference, Lynn presented on reinventing sports media.

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Emergency and Disaster Management

Topics: emergency management.
Summary: This study uses the coastal communities of Hoquiam, Aberdeen, and Cosmopolis (Washington, USA) and local tsunami threats to explore the use of geospatial, least-cost-distance evacuation modeling. Evacuation-modeling methods and results discussed here have implications and application to tsunami evacuation outreach, training, response procedures, mitigation, and long-term land use planning to increase community resilience.
Topics: terrorism, emergency management.
Summary: Modelling risk exposure for terrorism insurance products is an extremely challenging area subject to regulation and potential for significant loss. This presentation advocates a way in which quantitative modelling forms the initial scoping of risk and exposure, using historic incident data, impact modelling and constructed target lists for the region studied.

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