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For Immediate Release
June 6, 2005

Communications Studies Professor Wins
United Nations Foundation Award

EWING, NJ . Communication studies professor John C. Pollock won an award from the United Nations Foundation at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) in New York City on May 26, 2005. The first joint UN/ICA "Seed Grant" ever offered was given to Pollock for research on global coverage of UN efforts to fight AIDS.

Presenting the award at the ICA plenary session attended by over 2,000 members, Shashi Tharoor, UN Under Secretary General for Communications and Public Information, hailed Pollock's work on UN AIDS efforts for its innovative "structural approach" comparing cross-national media coverage of UN activities with differences in national measures of privilege and resources such as Gross Domestic Product, literacy rate, longevity and infant mortality. In addition, Mr. Tharoor praised Pollock for drawing undergraduate students into every phase of his United Nations AIDS research. The president of the ICA, German professor Wolfgang Donsbach, also congratulated Pollock for his work with students using the structural approach.

The UN Foundation seed grant is designed to promote research on UN communication activities, strengthening United Nations communications efforts worldwide to comprehend and act upon the rapidly shifting boundaries of international communication. In addition to research team leader Pollock, two other professors on the UN AIDS global coverage project were recognized: Sarah Sayeed of Baruch College , City University of New York, and Pradeep Sopory of the University of Memphis. The three scholars will divide among themselves a grant of $6,000, made possible by funding to the United Nations provided by media entrepreneur Ted Turner. Decisions about awards were made by the ICA Research Committee after accepting applications from throughout the world.

ICA is the leading international academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching and application of all aspects of communication, with more than 3,500 members in 65 countries. Since 2003, ICA has been officially associated with the United Nations as a non-governmental association (NGO). John Pollock (PhD, Stanford) has taught at the College for thirteen years. He has previously been awarded research grants from the Social Science Research Council and the National Cancer Institute. A past president of the New Jersey Communication Association, he received the 2002 " Mentor of the Year" award from the College and the 2003 "Adviser of the Year" award from the National Communication Association.

Pollock & Tharoor

John Pollock (left) receives a congratulatory handshake from Shashi Tharoor, UN Under Secretary General for Communications and Public Information at the May 26 International Communication Association conference in New York City.