Thanks to everyone who voted for me! As a result of it, I got the second place in the overall photo competition Images of Research at Strathclyde. The final winners were determined by a public vote and were announced on 15 June in Drygate.
A great venue, craft beer, fabulous food and an award. What more could I wish for from a night out!
On some Friday nights instead of going bar hopping, you can hop into the Glasgow Science Centre for an adults-only science showcase, Science Lates, which will entertain and enlighten. I was lucky to take part in the event on June 2, titled Under the Skin, which covered topics from sleep to viruses to brain functions and fertility. And of course, body image!
The new normal is what was once extraordinary now becoming normal and accepted. The new normal is businesses which care about social issues above profits; consumers who are empowered and critical; voters who are active, questioning and petitioning. The New Normal is also the latest online magazine of the master students in digital journalism, who take part in my Producing Media class.
The magazine launched on 17 February with an event at the university and will cover business, culture, and lifestyle for a socially conscious and progressive audience via multimedia packages, news and features.
This summer I’ll get another chance to work with my colleagues at Anadolu University in Turkey when we organise a research workshop on gender-based violence among Syrian refugees. The workshop is sponsored by the British Council’s Researcher Links programme and will aim to bring together early-career researchers from the UK and Turkey to discuss the topic and establish long-term connections. I’ll post more updates as they become available and we develop the programme of the event.
After a two-month silence, it’s time to catch up and share some of the interesting developments around me.
For starters, I attended the News Academy Scotland conference earlier this week, which was organized by Scottish Sun and hosted pupils from secondary school, university students, educators, and esteemed journalists. The event aimed to help students begin their career in journalism.
Another happy announcement from the research desk. My doctoral student Anke Jobsky’s paper has been accepted for presentation at the upcoming ECREA 2016 conference in Prague in November. Anke is writing a conceptual article about the beach body and proposing a new definition. And if you think that the beach body is just a body on the beach, think again. It’s a lot more than that and Anke is working to define the concept properly.
ECREA is the European Communication Research and Education Association, which gathers hundreds of communication scholars from across Europe at its biennial conference. It also holds smaller events throughout the continent and supports various publications.