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Melissa Rex, clinical professor of dance in the ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre, has been invited as a guest speaker/presenter/facilitator at this year’s Alopeciapalooza in Claryville, N.Y. The event brings together many children (and their families) dealing with Alopecia for a week of healing and sharing. Alopecia is an auto-immune disease that affects the growth of hair in millions world-wide. Rex will facilitate group discussions stemming from her own experiences as a child and teenager, which she wrote about in an essay that was published in "The Lion and the Unicorn" (Spring 2013 issue), as well as facilitate classes in creative movement and performance for the children and their families as part of her continued research in this area. "I am hoping to gather some information and feedback with the possibility of interviews with some of the children and families to expand on my essay and/or write a new article," Rex said. "Movement, performance and a creative path in my life are what saved me from my own depression and suicidal moments."
Project Date: June 2014
Joe Fortunato, Senior Lecturer in the ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre, has been honored for his most recent research project, “Truth, Torture and the Political 'Chilling' of Zero Dark Thirty,” which placed first in the Debut Category of the Production Aesthetics and Criticism Division's Paper Competition at the upcoming Broadcast Educators of America (BEA) convention, to be held this year in Las Vegas, Nev. More information on BEA and the national convention can be found at www.beaweb.org
This prestigious honor follows his award-winning research paper “The Gaze and The Spielberg Face: Steven Spielberg’s Application of Lacan’s Mirror Stage and Audience Response,” which was also honored as a “Top Paper” in the Visual Communications Division of The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC) in Washington D.C. this past August.
Project Date: April 2014
Joe Fortunato, Senior Lecturer in the ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre, recently had his research paper “The Gaze and The Spielberg Face: Steven Spielberg’s Application of Lacan’s Mirror Stage and Audience Response” honored as a “Top Paper” in the Visual Communications Division of The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC). Fortunato was invited to present his award-winning peer-reviewed paper at the National Conference of AEJMC in Washington D.C. on August 8, 2013, where he received a commemorative plaque and prize for his scholarship. More information about AEJMC is available at www.aejmc.org
Project Date: August 2013