Congratulations to Andrea Kitta, who recently published an article “The significance of folklore for vaccine policy: discarding the deficit model,” in the journal Critical Public Health. Co-written with medical humanities scholar Daniel Goldberg, the paper addresses the relevance of medical folklore for vaccine policy intended to increase vaccination uptake. The authors make two primary claims: First, that dominant approaches to increasing US vaccination uptake have largely been based on deficient understandings of the root causes of anti-vaccination behavior; and second, that superior approaches to evidence-based policy must enlarge the scope of that evidence base to include crucial findings on belief formation, technical and risk communication, and the folklore of vaccination. They show that the failure to attend to this evidence results in interventions that are disconnected from the factors actually driving vaccination refusal.
The article can be found here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09581596.2016.1235259?journalCode=ccph20
Congrats to Dr. Anna Froula, who edited and introduced Cinema Journal’s *In Focus* on Media Studies 15 Years after 9/11. Her introduction, titled “What Keeps Me Up at Night” and the essays appeared in 56.1, Fall 2016.
“The Marriage of Caribbean Studies with Postcolonial and Multicultural Criticism.” Indo-American Review 21 (2016): 137-78. Rpt. in Multiculturalism in Literature, America and Beyond. Ed. R. Dhawan. New Delhi: Prestige Books International, 2016. 137-78.
“Exploration of Diversity and Globalization in Moshin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Nadine Gordimer’s The Pick Up.” Celebrating Diasporic Writing: A Critical Response to Indian and Pakistani Literature. Ed. R. K. Dhawan and Yamini Pendyala. New Delhi, India: Prestige Books International, 2016. 190-203.
Alex Albright has published “Prague Bluegrass Spring” in the October issue of Bluegrass Unlimited (pages 42-45).
Alex Albright has published “Mose McQuitty’s Band and Minstrel Days, 1899-1937,” about early African-American circus musicians in Bandwagon: The Journal of the Circus Historical Society, volume 60, issue 3, pages 6-47.
Associate Professor Anna Froula’s chapter “‘Conspiracy of Silence’: The Containment of Military Women in World War II Training and Recruitment Films” appeared in Wiley-Blackwell’s A Companion to the War Film.
The chapter is a feminist media history project that examines newsreel footage of the “Fly Girls” of World War II—the Women Air Service Pilots (WASPs) who flew every kind of military aircraft during the war yet did not qualify for veterans benefits or achieve full recognition until 2010.
Johnson, Mark .D., Acevedo, A., & Mercado, L. (2016). Vocabulary knowledge and vocabulary use in L2 writing. TESOL Journal, 7(3), 700-715.
Research has consistently shown diversity of vocabulary to be an important indicator of second language (L2) writing development as well as L2 writing performance. These studies underscore the importance of vocabulary to L2 writing. However, they provide little to indicate what kind of vocabulary learners of English may need to know in order to develop writing proficiency. This small-scale pilot study examined the relationships among vocabulary knowledge, vocabulary use, and L2 writing performance. The results suggest that accurate productive knowledge of high-frequency word families was associated with L2 writing performance. However, actual use of high-frequency word families was negatively associated with L2 writing performance. Based on the results, the authors present potential uses of lexical frequency information to help students develop (a) accurate productive knowledge of high-frequency word families and (b) a repertoire of low-frequency word families based on their communicative needs.
Cope, L., & Eckert, E. (2016). Multilingualism and minorities in the Czech sociolinguistic space: introduction. The International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2016(238), 1-14.