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This year’s recipients of the Manheim-Sterling Undergraduate Research Prize may be at the helm of two very different projects, but they both tackle important social issues. Molly Hogan, an SMPA senior majoring in Political Communication, is exploring the effects of framing on public opinion on an increasingly important political issue: mandatory minimum sentencing. She is particularly interested in the unjust disparity in jail time caused by a controversial law for crack and powder cocaine use. The other two winners, seniors Farida Fawzy and Alejandro Garcia, are collaborating to produce a short documentary on the process of water desalination. They want to highlight today’s most cutting-edge and efficient methods to make sea water drinkable.
The School of Media and Public Affairs is pleased to announce the 2016 J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Fellows in Media and Public Affairs., communication professor Yong-Chan Kim and international journalist Laura King. Kim is currently a professor at the College of Communication at Yonsei University, South Korea, where he also serves as the director of Urban Socio-Spatial Informatics Center and Principal Investigator of Urban Communication Lab. King—currently on leave from her post as the “Los Angeles Times” Bureau Chief in Cairo, Egypt—has spent much of her journalistic career covering conflicts and was previously a correspondent for the Associated Press. She has been with the “LA Times” since 2002, and was assigned a regional beat that included Pakistan and Afghanistan.