Boston, MA, United States
Boston, MA, United States

Emerson College is a private coeducational university located in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1880 by Charles Wesley Emerson as a "school of oratory," Emerson is "the only comprehensive college or university in America dedicated exclusively to communication and the arts in a liberal arts context." Offering more than three dozen degree programs in the area of Arts and Communication, the college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Located in Boston's Washington Street Theatre District on the edge of the Boston Common, the school also maintains buildings in Los Angeles and the town of Well, The Netherlands.Emerson College has been named the winner of the Environmental Protection Agency’s College and University Green Power Challenge for the Great Northeast Athletic Conference for 2012–13. Wikipedia.


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News Article | April 19, 2017
Site: motherboard.vice.com

"The Dave Matthews Band have a lot [of live MP3s] out because they allow bootlegging at their concerts," he said. "You can't get them anywhere else." The guy in the above photo, Matthew Hynes, was just one of many college freshmen with a T1 line who got an in-depth education in digital music during the early months of 1999. To prove the point, the Emerson College student showed up in The Boston Globe in March of that year, holding an early portable MP3 player in his hand. Boston's higher education facilities were a hotbed of file-sharing activity, by the way. Less than two miles away, Northeastern dorm rat Shawn Fanning was programming Napster, which he would release in June of that year. (In a 2000 Spin piece about his industry-shaking freshman year, Fanning name-dropped another notable file-sharing platform of the era, Scour.net. Free piece of trivia: Scour.net was co-founded by Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.) Anyway, about that MP3 player: The Diamond Rio PMP 300, the first successful MP3 player, was the product of a company that was then better known for its 3D graphics cards. It was fairly small, about the size of a deck of cards, and could store around 30 minutes of music with its whopping 32 megs of memory at the then-standard 128-Kbps rate. (Fortunately, it was expandable via a SmartMedia slot, allowing users to split their Dave Matthews Band concerts onto chunks of flash memory.) Despite its weaknesses, it was well-regarded compared to its competition of the era, which included Sony's Minidisc player. It was nowhere near good enough to please the audiophiles, nor did its technology stand a chance against the added layer of polish the iPod put on digital music. But Diamond did make it possible for the iPod to legally exist. Soon after the Rio PMP 300 went on the market in 1998, the Recording Industry Association of America sued Diamond, claiming that the device was illegal under the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992, which required a copy-management system to be installed on digital audio recording devices. But the Rio didn't record anything. And the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit found that, since the music generally came from a computer hard drive that did more than play MP3s, it did not fall under the definition of a "digital audio recording device" as defined by the law—ensuring that MP3 players could legally be sold in the US. The recording industry's well-laid legal plans went up in smoke—and now we can carry MP3s wherever we want. Re-Exposure is an occasional Motherboard feature where we look back on delightful old tech photos from wire service archives.


News Article | November 3, 2016
Site: co.newswire.com

This crucial hire supports the global expansion strategy of the company as an electronic payments leader IMPESA®, developers of Monibyte®, an innovative SaaS solution for corporate payment methods, and first in a suite of FinTech applications, announces that kHyal has been named Chief Marketing Officer as part of an ongoing commitment to their strategic global expansion plan. Mario Hernández, Impesa’s founder, Chairman and CEO explained that bringing kHyal on as CMO is part of a focused plan to develop and unify the company’s brand voice and market reach, while launching new and existing products across international channels. “We couldn't be happier with kHyal joining our team. kHyal brings amazing experience and an outstanding track record to the company; and in a very short time she has become a key member of our team. When building a global company, you need to bring world class people on board, and kHyal is definitely world class. I am sure she will lead our marketing, communications and public relations strategies beyond our expectations,” Hernandez said. Cliff Wildes, IMPESA’s Chief Strategy Officer, noted, “I have worked with kHyal for over 25 years. First, at Microtech International, Inc. where I was CEO and founder, and she spearheaded marketing initiatives as Creative Director, and later, when we became cofounders and partners at SunStar Interactive. I have never met a more creative and talented individual. Her role as Chief Marketing Officer is essential to the growth and success of the company.” Digitally Driven. kHyal’s experience in digital spans three decades. A pioneering internet professional and award-winning creative, she was a founding member of the Women’s Internet History project and recruited member of the MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City, Inc.’s Marketing Committee. Strategically Poised. Prior to joining IMPESA, kHyal was President at fiZz Agency, and has held the positions of Chief Creative Officer at Metropolitan interactive; Creative Director at Havas Worldwide, NetKey and Microtech International; Vice President of Marketing at blowtorch studios and SunStar interactive; and Controller at Cello, Ltd. Her client roster spans a wide range of brands and corporations including: Pitney Bowes, Sharp Electronics, Xerox, Lexmark, Konica Minolta, ProLabs, MTV, Showtime Networks, GAP, BMW, UPS, Diageo, Datto, Centerplate, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, Deutsche Bank, Black&Decker, UBS Investment Bank, Whitney Museum of American Art and Carnegie Mellon University. With extensive experience working with national and international brands, corporations and agencies in the US, UK, Canada, Argentina, Germany and Costa Rica, kHyal’s background traverses technology, healthcare, education/digital publishing, finance, non-profit and consumer product verticals with an emphasis on software and hardware development. Active in industry associations, kHyal has co-chaired the Fundraising Committee of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Los Angeles; and was a member of the Connecticut Technology Council’s Vice President of Marketing Forum. She has been a juror for the London Interactive Advertising Awards; a judge for Hasbro’s Project Upcycle Design Awards; served as Communications Chair for the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Brand Central Chapter, and was on the advisory board of GraphicDesign.com. kHyal majored in Mass Communications at Emerson College in addition to studies at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Art Institute of Boston; Boston Film and Video Foundation; Loyola Law School; Kodak’s Center for Creative Imaging and FIT. Passionate about education, kHyal is an Adjunct Instructor at Miami Ad School New York where she teaches Product Creation and Innovation; and was Adjunct Professor at Anhui Polytechnic University in Wuhu City, China through the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design at University of Bridgeport where she taught Design Thinking and Methodologies. She has been an invited senior portfolio reviewer at RISD, SVA, FIT, The One Club, ADC Global, Graduate Fashion Week London, Miami Ad School, The Portfolio Center, CADC, AIGA Rhode Island, AIGA Philadelphia, AIGA Connecticut, Pratt Institute, Parsons The New School for Design, Creative Circus, Hartford Art School at University of Hartford, Advertising Women of New York (AWNY), Moore College of Art and Design, Carnegie Mellon University, Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Cleveland Institute of Art, Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Kutztown University and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). kHyal regularly speaks and facilitates workshops on branding, digital media, design, marketing, social media and business practices. Her engagements include: FleetBoston Financial’s Women Entrepreneurs’ Connection, Advertising Women of New York (AWNY) Annual Career Conference, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Sacred Heart University, Connecticut Art Directors Club (CADC) Student Conference, The Creative Circus–Atlanta, School of Visual Arts (SVA)–New York, The Grove–New Haven, HOW Design Live–Boston Creative Freelancers Conference, Hygienic Academy, Wakefield Boys and Girls Club, AIGA Rhode Island, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture at The Wadsworth Atheneum, AIGA Upstate New York Student Conference and Syracuse University. She was a media partner for the international design conference “A Better World by Design” at Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University; for the inaugural Leaders in Software and Art (LiSA) conference at the Guggenheim Museum in New York; and designed, planned and facilitated a fundraising event for New York Creative Tech Week 2016. A forerunner in the use of technology in her art and design practice in the early eighties, kHyal’s work has been exhibited in the American Visionary Art Museum, Ricco/Maresca Gallery—New York, Pavilion der Volksbühne–Berlin, New Britain Museum of American Art, la Gaîté Lyrique–Paris, Housatonic Art Museum, City Museum–Washington–DC, Intuit–Chicago, EGGO Arte–Buenos Aires, Cooper Union–New York, Art Basel–Switzerland, Art Basel—Miami and galleries worldwide. She is a contributing writer to numerous industry publications on art, design and technology. Founded in Costa Rica in 2013, IMPESA is an innovator of electronic payment solutions, licensed with VISA®and MasterCard®, and compliant with all government banking and card issuer regulations. The company has developed technologies such as card integration with satellite positioning systems (GPS) for large local and multinational distribution companies that use the software to manage their fleets. These technologies are included in IMPESA’s revolutionary flagship SaaS platform, Monibyte. Developed completely in-house by a dedicated team of engineers and programmers, the software has processed millions of transactions with major international corporate clients since launching in 2014, and will expand into US markets in Q4 2016. For banks, Monibyte is an unprecedented addition to their commercial credit card portfolios, and mitigates credit card fraud, potentially saving millions. For companies that are corporate customers of banks that offer Monibyte, it is an invaluable tool that allows 100% control of how every credit or debit card within the organization can be used. From sums of money, to type of currency, days of the week, time of day, geographic location and specific merchant; parameters can be changed instantly from the easy-to-use, web-based interface or smart phone app, without having to contact the bank. Monibyte integrates with most major ERPs, saving time and money on accounting tasks. IMPESA’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, Mario Hernández, is a known expert in the field of electronic payment innovation. He was honored with International Banker’s Best Innovation in Retail and Commercial Banking award in 2015, interviewed at The London Stock Exchange, and a featured speaker and panelist at the Mobile Payments Latin America Summit in 2016. IMPESA has offices in San José, Costa Rica and Orlando, Florida. For more information, visit impesa.net


News Article | February 18, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

Stores have already begun doling out circulars and hanging Presidents Day sale signs. Following a generations-old tradition, retailers are launching come-but-once-a-year deals on apparel, home goods, appliances, mattresses and more. Here are the top Presidents Day sales for 2017. [See: 10 Money-Saving Websites to Check Before Shopping.] Kicking off on Wednesday, the Macy's Presidents Day sale will span five days and feature 30 percent to 75 percent off storewide. Macy's has released its Presidents Day ad, which promises more than 40 pages of deals. Highlights from the sale include: -- 25 percent -- 30 percent off denim. -- 40 percent -- 50 percent off sportswear. -- 25 percent -- 40 percent off separates and accessories. -- 20 percent off watches. -- 35 percent -- 55 percent off fine jewelry. -- 25 percent off North Face products. -- Free shipping on orders over $50. Eddie Bauer is slashing prices storewide by 40 percent. In addition to a site-wide discount, the apparel retailer is offering 50 percent off clearance and free shipping on orders over $99. L.L. Bean is offering 25 percent off on orders of $100 or more. The sale extends to hundreds of new items and includes free shipping. Lord & Taylor is holding a sale on both clearance and new styles. The Presidents Day sale will feature these deals: -- 20 percent off any order. -- Up to 40 percent off new spring styles. -- 20 percent off clearance items. -- Over 40 percent off women's spring coats. -- Up to 60 percent off men's coats. -- Up to 25 percent off handbags. Carter's is rolling out site-wide savings and doorbuster deals. Details of the sale include: -- 50 percent off site-wide. -- Doorbuster deals starting at $5. -- An extra 25 percent off clearance. -- An extra 25 percent off with promo code. -- Free shipping on orders over $50. The Children's Place is offering 50 percent off with free shipping on any order. The sale will also include up to 80 percent off clearance items. JCPenney is focusing on home goods during its Presidents Day sale, slashing prices on furniture, decor, appliances and more by up to 60 percent. The sale includes: -- 30 percent -- 50 percent off bedding. -- 30 percent -- 50 percent off curtains and drapes. -- 40 percent -- 60 percent off furniture and mattresses. -- Up to 30 percent off major appliances. -- An extra 15 percent off with code. Target is running a Presidents Day sale on home goods, taking up to 30 percent off bedding, bath, lighting, decor and more. Shoppers can score an extra 10 percent off with promo code and free shipping on orders over $25. Overstock has already launched its Presidents Day Sale, drawing shoppers with discounts of up to 70 percent off furniture and home goods. Deals include: -- Up to 55 percent off living room furniture. -- Up to 60 percent off bedroom furniture. -- Up to 50 percent off dining room furniture. -- Up to 70 percent off decor. -- Up to an extra 15 percent off area rugs. -- Up to an extra 10 percent off garden and patio. Ashley Furniture is taking up to 25 percent off orders. The furniture store will offer: -- 25 percent off orders of $3,000 or more. -- 20 percent off orders of $2,000 -- $2,999. -- 15 percent off orders of $1,000 -- $1,999. -- 10 percent off orders of $500 -- $999. -- 5 percent off orders up to $499. 1800mattress is offering mattress sets as low as $159.99, and has hinted that it will release online doorbuster deals throughout its Presidents Day sale. Noteworthy deals include: -- 43 percent off a Hampton & Rhodes 6.5-inch firm mattress. -- 44 percent off a Serta Perfect Sleeper Alesbury 8-inch plush mattress. -- 20 percent off a Sealy Parsons 8.5-inch firm mattress. Sears has already begun its pre-Presidents Day sale, offering 40 percent off home appliances with free delivery on orders over $399. The official Sears Presidents Day sale will go into effect on Feb. 19 and include deals on fashion, home goods, mattresses, electronics and more. [See: 8 Big Budgeting Blunders -- and How to Fix Them.] Though Home Depot has yet to release details on its Presidents Day Sale, the home improvement retailer is running a pre-sale on select appliances. During the pre-sale, Home Depot is offering the following deals: -- Up to 35 percent off refrigerator special buys. -- Up to 35 percent off washer-dryer special buys. -- Up to 30 percent off cooking special buys. -- Up to 30 percent off microwave special buys. -- Up to 30 percent off dishwasher special buys. -- Up to 40 percent off vacuums and floor care special buys. -- Up to 35 percent off laundry pairs. -- Up to 35 percent off kitchen packages. -- Free delivery on orders over $396. In honor of the holiday, hhgregg is taking up to 35 percent off appliances and televisions, and releasing exclusive coupons on furniture. Top deals include: -- $400 off a Whirlpool Stainless Steel side-by-side refrigerator. -- $250 off a KitchenAid Stainless Steel dishwasher. -- $500 off an LG Graphite Steel washer and electrical dryer. -- 57 percent off a 60-inch Samsung Smart TV. -- Up to $500 off select Tempur-Pedic mattresses. Appliances Connection is throwing a sale on select kitchen and laundry appliances. The sale will include the following offers: -- Up to 65 percent off select appliances. -- $55 off orders over $4,549. -- $45 off orders over $3,249. -- $30 off orders over $2,349. -- $25 off orders over $1,849. -- $20 off orders over $1,449 -- $15 off orders over $1,149. -- $10 off President's Day Sale items over $849. -- Free delivery. -- No sales tax (excludes New York). Dell has released a Presidents Day Early Access sale with up to 40 percent off select computers and laptops with free shipping. Highlights from the sale include: -- An Inspiron 15 7000 i5 Quad GTX 1050ti 1080p Laptop for $850. -- A 43-inch Vizio E43-D2 1080p LED LCD HDTV with a $150 Dell gaming credit for $329.99. -- A 55-inch Samsung 4K UltraHD LED HDTV with a $250 Dell gaming credit for $800. -- A Swiss Gear Synergy Backpack with a $40 Dell gaming credit for $80. -- Bose SoundTrue II Over-Ear Headphones for $89. Lenovo has launched a sale on electronics and accessories. Top deals include: -- Up to 38 percent off select home laptops. -- Up to 25 percent off select professional laptops. -- Up to 20 percent off select desktops. -- Up to 20 percent off select tablets. -- Up to 29 percent off select accessories. Maria Cristina Lalonde, content editor at offers.com, devotes her time to blogging about shopping trends, consumer news and saving money. A graduate of Emerson College with a degree in writing, Maria makes regular appearances in publications like AskMen, Daily Finance and Consumer Reports. You can see more of her work and get tips for saving time and money on her blog at offers.com/blog.


News Article | October 31, 2016
Site: www.prnewswire.com

BOSTON, Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New Emerson College polls in five battleground states show a tightening presidential race, with Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump in four states, by margins that range from 6 points (in Wisconsin, 48% to 42%) to 1 point (Florida, 46% to...


News Article | December 15, 2016
Site: www.businesswire.com

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FOX News Channel (FNC) has appointed Tom Lowell, executive producer of The Kelly File, vice president and managing editor of news, announced Jay Wallace, executive vice president of news and editorial for the network, to whom he will report. In this new position, Lowell will manage all national and international correspondents and enterprise investigative reporting across FNC’s television and digital platforms. He will begin his new role on January 1, 2017 and a replacement executive producer for The Kelly File will be named in the new year. In making the announcement, Wallace said “Tom’s skillful producing and managing of The Kelly File has been a tremendous asset to our primetime programming. With more than two decades of experience in journalism, that expertise will now play a pivotal role in bringing together all of our news operations as we design and build our new newsroom.” Lowell added, “There are so many great things coming together that will help us ramp up our breaking news advantage, as well as our original reporting. I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with our great management team and talented staff to deliver even more improvements to America's most trusted and watched news organization." Since joining the network in 2003, Lowell has launched three top-rated programs and held a variety of production roles. He began as a producer for FOX News Live and was later promoted to senior producer in 2005. In 2007, Lowell launched America’s Newsroom (weekdays 9-11AM/ET) with co-anchors Bill Hemmer and Megyn Kelly, where he became the executive producer in 2009. One year later, he launched America Live with Megyn Kelly and executive produced the program for three years until launching The Kelly File in primetime in October 2013. This year, Lowell oversaw the The Kelly File as it achieved its highest-rated year since launch with 2.7 million viewers and 518,000 Adults 25-54 and remains the second most watched program in cable news. Prior to joining FNC, Lowell held executive producer positions at WFSB-TV (CBS) in Hartford, CT, WCVB-TV (ABC) in Boston, MA and FOX affiliate WSVN-TV in Miami, FL. He also served as news director at WSEE-TV in Erie, PA where he began his career in 1992 as a news producer. He graduated from Emerson College with a B.A. in broadcast journalism. FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. A top five cable network, FNC has been the most-watched news channel in the country for nearly 15 years and according to a Suffolk University/USA Today poll, is the most trusted television news source in the country. Owned by 21st Century Fox, FNC is available in more than 90 million homes and dominates the cable news landscape, routinely notching the top ten programs in the genre. On the web at www.foxnews.com


News Article | January 31, 2017
Site: www.techtimes.com

Twitter - What You Should Know 2016 was a shaky and difficult year for Twitter. What used to be one of the leading social networking sites in the world has had its fair share of hiccups as an enterprise. Before the year ended, however, the microblogging site again made news about their acquisition of startup app maker Yes Inc. Twitter is thus not dead. In fact, a new study shows the value of Twitter in movie marketing. Twitter, through its users, can make or break a movie. Researchers from the School of Communication at Emerson College found that Twitter could influence the success of movies through sentiments expressed by Twitter users on a movie. Thus, the study confirmed a correlation between word of mouth marketing and a movie's success. The researchers conducted the study using a sample of 12,000 tweets from 17 movies in the fall of 2016. Only movies that were scheduled for a wide release and were not holiday-themed were considered in the study, with its particular promotional hashtags used to define which tweet relates to the movie. A random sample of 400 hashtags were analyzed per week, with a maximum of four weeks. The data were compared based on the sentiments of the tweet, with some low-performing movies having only a week's worth of data. The study was conducted by the same group of researchers who previously studied the correlation between revenue and a movie's success. "This study offers more evidence of the influence of word of mouth on movies. Specifically, it confirms our earlier research regarding the significant relationship between movie buzz and revenue," Owen Eagan, from the Department of Communication Studies, said. Twitter users have the power to generate a buzz on a certain topic, in this case, a movie, with the use of hashtags and trending topics. As a microblogging platform, Twitter allows its users to express themselves in 140 characters about whether the movie was worth it or not. Twitter's real-time conversations serve as real-time movie reviews even after the movie has finished its screening. In a study conducted by Nielsen in 2014, on the other hand, 34 percent of moviegoers included in the study used Twitter for information on a particular movie. "As movie studios plan their marketing budgets for next year's blockbuster movies, they should consider that most moviegoers are using social media to get their information," said Kathy Benjamin, SVP of Nielsen National Research Group (NRG). © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


Castaneda C.,Emerson College
Social Science and Medicine | Year: 2015

Situating the contemporary medical treatment of transgender young people - children and adolescents - in the longer history of engagement between transgender activists and the medical community, this article analyzes the World Professional Association for Transgender Health's (WPATH) Standards of Care (SOC) concerning the medical treatment of transgender young people. It traces how the SOC both achieves medical treatment for children and adolescents and reinforces a normative gender system by cleaving to a developmental approach. Without rejecting the value of developmentally-based medical treatment for now, it offers some preliminary thoughts on queer theory's valuation of developmental failure as a potential future alternative to an emergent medico-technological transgender normativity. © 2014.


Parker M.A.,Emerson College
Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology : JARO | Year: 2011

Transforming growth factor-β-activated kinase-1 (TAK1) is a mitogen activated protein kinase kinase kinase that is involved in diverse biological roles across species. Functioning downstream of TGF-β and BMP signaling, TAK1 mediates the activation of the c-Jun N-terminal kinase signaling pathway, serves as the target of pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as TNF-α, mediates NF-κβ activation, and plays a role in Wnt/Fz signaling in mesenchymal stem cells. Expression of TAK1 in the cochlea has not been defined. Data mining of previously published murine cochlear gene expression databases indicated that TAK1, along with TAK1 interacting proteins 1 (TAB1), and 2 (TAB2), is expressed in the developing and adult cochlea. The expression of TAK1 in the developing cochlea was confirmed using RT-PCR and immunohistochemistry. Immunolabeling of TAK1 in embryonic, neonatal, and mature cochleas via DAB chromogenic and fluorescent immunohistochemistry indicated that TAK1 is broadly expressed in both the developing otocyst and periotic mesenchyme at E12.5 but becomes more restricted to specific types of supporting cells as the organ of Corti matures. By P1, TAK1 immunolabeling is found in cells of the stria vascularis, hair cells, supporting cells, and Kölliker's organ. By P16, TAK1 labeling is limited to cochlear supporting cells. In the adult cochlea, TAK1 immunostaining is only present in the cytoplasm of Deiters' cells, pillar cells, inner phalangeal cells, and inner border cells, with no expression in any other cochlear cell types. While the role of TAK1 in the inner ear is unclear, TAK1 expression may be used as a novel marker for specific sub-populations of supporting cells.


Conlon D.,Emerson College
Environment and Planning D: Society and Space | Year: 2010

Coinciding with the so-called 'Celtic Tiger' boom of the 1990s, Ireland experienced a momentous shift in long-standing patterns of migration, with significant in-migration and an unprecedented change in population dynamics. Asylum seekers form a small and noteworthy group within the population in association with several recent legislative changes. In 2003 a previously granted guarantee of residency rights for so-called 'non-national' migrant parents whose children were born in Ireland was withdrawn; subsequently, in 2004 voters endorsed a referendum doing away with the Irish Constitution's provision for birthright citizenship. With this, many asylum seekers and their children who were born in Ireland were excluded from the possibility of establishing intimate ties within society and to the state. This social context forms the backdrop for examining the intersections between governmentality and the intimate ties between populations and nation-state. Drawing on recent attention to Foucault's lectures on Security, Territory, Population, three specifics themes are elaborated; these are: (i) government as a continuum of overlapping apparatuses; (ii) intersections between sovereign territory and population; and (iii) the question of the state in Foucault's work. These themes are elucidated with reference to housing policies, living conditions, and newsprint discourses that prevailed upon women asylum seekers in particular prior to Ireland's 2004 citizenship referendum. The associated unraveling and rearrangement of governmental practices and rejigging of the Irish State highlights some of the ways intimacy and population are tangled together as populations are produced. © 2010 Pion Ltd and its Licensors.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 41.58K | Year: 2013

Using a Major Instrumentation award from the National Science Foundation, Dr. Rhiannon Luyster and three co-investigators at Emerson College will purchase a Remote Eye Tracking (RED) System from Sensomotoric Instruments. By using infrared light, the RED system allows users to record eye movements and fixations to images or videos; this technology has been used across a wide range of disciplines to learn about what aspects of visual images attract a viewers attention.

The four collaborating investigators are faculty in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and plan to use this advanced technology to study the emergence, use, loss and reacquisition of communication skills across the lifespan. One study explores the role of visual attention to speaking faces in early childhood language learning and language deficits. A second study addresses how children visually scan the facial expressions of peers with and without autism and how these visual scan patterns relate to the perception of awkwardness in the social communication attempts of children with autism. A final set of projects studies how adults with aphasia attend to verbal and non-verbal communication channels when trying to understand messages and how potential communication partners of adults with aphasia rely on verbal and non-verbal channels to understand people with aphasia. Together, this program of research has the potential to reveal new insights into the role of communication across the lifespan, from young children to adults. The goal is to answer core questions about the value of communicative cues, and how variations in the use of communicative cues might be associated with deficits, or, conversely, support healthy development.

This equipment will have broad benefits for faculty scholarship, student learning and community engagement at Emerson College. First, in addition to the four faculty associated with the present proposal, several faculty members throughout the college have expressed an interest in incorporating eye-tracking technology into their own work, covering topics from cross-cultural consumer behavior to the role of media in journalism. Second, the equipment will be made available to undergraduate and masters students from any college department, many of which (Marketing, for instance) produce graduates who will encounter eye-tracking technology in the professional world. Finally, the acquisition of this equipment will strengthen current Emerson College outreach programs, including an existing partnership with the Boston-area Science Club for Girls (connecting college students in the sciences with elementary and middle-school aged girls from underrepresented groups), the Boston Museum of Science, and the Cambridge Science Festival, where our students present pieces on science and science education to a large and diverse audience. Finally, the School of Communication at Emerson recently began recording a series of podcasts to showcase the research programs and innovations of its faculty. These podcasts are aired in a variety of contexts, including on WERS - the Emerson-owned radio station - thus disseminating information about Emersons eye-tracking research, recent findings and the value of science in our society.

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