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Lisa Keranen Quoted Extensively in Lead Article on How We Talk About Viruses

April 30, 2020

Using war as a metaphor for illness during a pandemic or global crisis is not just a contemporary occurrence. “There is an ancient and cross-cultural tendency to frame disease in terms of war,” said Lisa Keranen, Associate Professor of Communication, and a medical rhetorician who studies how we speak about...

Faye Caronan and Lisa Keranen on Racism Spreading Like a Virus

March 5, 2020

Focusing on how anxiety can fuel racism, and how that can be prevented, Faye Caronan (Associate Professor and Chair of the Ethnic Studies), and Lisa Keranen (Associate Professor and Chair of the Communication) held an event on campus focusing on the Coronavirus, and also sat down with local media. Colorado...

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Amy Hasinoff looks at how child pornography laws are applied to sexting

Sept. 10, 2019

“There is a lot of strong anecdotal evidence that child pornography laws work the same way all of our other laws do, which is they’re disproportionately applied to people of color,” said Amy Hasinoff, Associate Professor of Communication. “They’re disproportionately applied to kids in foster care, because they’re under more...

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Amy Hasinoff on sexts resulting in sex offender registery of a minor

July 23, 2019

Amy Hasinoff, Associate Professor of Communications, was asked to comment after Colorado’s Supreme Court upheld a ruling that required a juvenile boy to register as a sex offender after trading erotic pictures with two girls roughly his age. Hasinoff said she was disappointed the court could not differentiate between child...

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Protected digital speech according to Matthew Kaskavich

June 18, 2019

The Colorado Supreme Court is currently considering a case that could have widespread implications for free speech in the social media age. Communication Lecturer Matthew Kaskavich believes that companies hold the true power when it comes to determining what protected speech is. "Social media has always had this sort of...

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Bean on mobile alerts in the U.S. and Canada

Feb. 25, 2019

On February 15, Hamilton Bean, Associate Professor of Communication, participated in a live radio interview with KCBS All News 740 and FM 106.9 in San Francisco, CA. Hosts Stan Bunger and Susan Leigh Taylor spoke with Bean about the use of mobile alert and warning messages in emergencies. Later that...

Bean on recent WEA texts

Oct. 18, 2018

The test was meant to ensure that the WEA system is an effective means of warning the public about national emergencies. However, Hamilton Bean Associate Professor in the Communication Department and an expert in WEA technology—says texts and alerts can actually make a bad situation worse by delaying action. Turns...

Hasinoff evaluates norms in popular media

Aug. 23, 2018

"(Media) is giving us what we want to watch, but it also shapes us," said Amy Adele Hasinoff, Assistant Communication Professor. "If there was a television show that ran counter to our expectations, it wouldn't be compelling." 'Sixteen Candles' and 'Law & Order': What stories on our screens teach us...

Hasinoff on technology and parental monitoring

July 19, 2018

Technology has helped make monitoring kids easier, as apps can track where they go and what they say, but Assistant Communication Professor Amy Hasinoff said, "It's much better to just start from communication, build a relationship, have an open dialogue." Should parents allow privacy for their kids or monitor their...

Kaskavitch on ethics in modern data mining

April 12, 2018

"We are living in the Wild West of limitless data collection on human beings, and no one seems to care. Now we're realizing how robust these datasets can be and how they can be used for good or ill," writes Matthew Kaskavitch, Lecturer in the Department of Communication. Our social...