Media and Information Awards and Accolades

2021

  • Susan Wyche received a $15,000 gift from Google's exploreCSR program. These awards support initiatives to increase the number of students from historically marginalized groups to pursue research careers in computing.
  • Young Anna Argyris is a recipient of a 2021 Diversity Research Network’s Launch Award ($4,500) for the project entitled, “Development of a Machine-Learning Algorithm for Identifying Topics of Pro- and Anti-Vaccine Rhetoric on Social Media.” This project involves the development of a new machine-learning technique for accurately identifying prominent topics discussed on social media, thereby facilitating understanding of underserved populations’ health discussions.
  • The Center for Inclusive Excellence has awarded a grant to Dr. Kate Birdsall (PI) and Dr. Elizabeth LaPensée (Co-PI) for "Putting DEI to Work in Communities: The Cube." Dr. LaPensée's component of the project focuses on a website and online community building for Indigenous Game Devs, a network of Indigenous game developers.
  • A piece of legislation Jean Hardy advised on was introduced in the Michigan State Senate recently, to establish a new Office of Rural Development.
  • Robby Ratan (PI) and Adam Liszkiewicz (co-PI) are being awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for their four-year project, "FW-HTF-R: Collaborative Research: Virtual Meeting Support for Enhanced Well-Being and Equity for Game Developers," as part of the NSF's Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program. The project includes $1,599,851 in support ($1,188,386 to MSU, $411,465K to co-PI collaborators' institutions).
  • Hee Rin Lee received funding and is the P.I. for a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS): AI & Co-design in public libraries: Empowering underserved youth to cultivate symbiotic relationships between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and their communities.
  • Young Anna Argyris (PI), Pang-Ning Tan (CSE, MPI), Mike Stern (Co-I), Jiying Ling (RN, Nursing, Co-I), Robert Jacobson (MD, Consultant, Mayo Clinic), and Nada Ganesh (Consultant, NORC at the University of Chicago) received an R21 grant from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. The funded project, “Development of a vaccine informatics system and its application to identifying the impact of vaccine debate on immunization rates during a global pandemic,” involves the development of a deep-learning algorithm to detect vaccine misinformation and the administration of a national survey to identify the impact of parents’ engagement with this misinformation on their children’s uptake rates for HPV and Covid-19 vaccines.
  • Wei Peng is one of two recipients of the Brandt Fellowship for Faculty Excellence!
  • Co-PIs Beth LaPensee and Mary Hermes (University of Minnesota) were awarded a Spencer Foundation Large Research Grant for "Reclaiming Land and Languages Through Indigenous Community-Based Mobile Game Design."
  • Alumnus Peter Burroughs won the Blizzard World of Warcraft Student Art Contest. The prizes include a summer internship with them. Peter's Artstation.

2020

  • Elizabeth LaPensée joined the 2020 class of honorees to the Women in Games Hall of Fame.
  • Young Anna Argyris (along with Research Ethics Sub-committee at CAS) received 2020-2021 Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant funding for Enhancing Inclusive Excellence in Student Research Participation in the amount of $13,375.00 for one year.
  • Michael Stern and Valeta Wensloff have been awarded part of a federal contract to help with usability testing for the MI COVID ALERT: Exposure Notification System Pilot phone app in conjunction with the Department of Communication and the State of Michigan. This app will roll out first to MSU students, then state-wide.
  • Beth LaPensée was inducted into the Women in Games Hall of Fame during the Global Games Awards 2020.
  • Rick Wash won the 2020 SOUPS Impact Award for long-term impact on usable privacy and security research and practice for his 2010 paper "Folk Models of Home Computer Security." The award is given out once every 3 years at SOUPS by a distinguished committee of peers.
  • Emilee Rader, Samantha Hautea, and Anjali Munasinghe won the IAPP Best Privacy Paper award at the SOUPS conference (Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security) for their paper '"I Have a Narrow Thought Process": Constraints on Explanations Connecting Inferences and Self-Perceptions
  • Rola Nashef's film, Detroit Unleaded, was named one of "50 Essential Films Shot in Michigan" by the Detroit Free Press.
  • Pang-Ning Tan (Professor in Computer Science and Engineering) and Young Anna Argyis were awarded the S3 grant for their collaborative research on “Humans-in-the-Loop Development of Rapid Intelligent Misinformation Detection System Using Artificial Intelligence to Prevent Outbreaks of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases” in the amount of $10,000.
  • Shelia Cotten is part of a team awarded a 1.7 million dollar contract from the state of Michigan as part of the NAIAS Michigan Mobility Challenge.
  • The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts awarded the Stamps Gallery in downtown Ann Arbor $80,000 for exhibitions, programs, and publications dedicated to exploring inclusive, equitable futures through the lens of contemporary art practice, including an exhibition featuring work by Elizabeth LaPensée. 

2019

  • Andrew Dennis, whose VR project, Tracheostomy and Laryngectomy Care: Virtual Reality Training for Health Professionals, received $9,900 from the Trifecta Initiative Facilitating Funds Award to pursue an R25 grant.
  • Anna Young Argyris, who is a 2019 recipient of the Diversity Research Network Launch Awards Program (LAP). She will receive $4980 for the project.
  • nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, a documentary by Dr. Tasha Hubbard regarding the loss of Colten Boushie, with animations illustrated by Elizabeth LaPensee, received both the Sun Jury Award and the Audience Choice Award for Feature Film at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival 2019, the leading International Indigenous media festival.
  • Rola Nashef was awarded the Knight Arts Foundations' Knight Arts Challenge Award for $125,000 to amplify the stories of Arab-America through the development of Arab-American themed films and TV shows.
  • Elizabeth LaPensee - Dialect, a game about the loss of language, which Beth LaPensee contributed to as a writer, received the Tabletop Award at IndieCade Europe 2019 in Paris, France.
  • Elizabeth LaPensee: When Rivers Were Trails, developed in collaboration with the Indian Land Tenure Foundation and the Games for Entertainment and Learning Lab, won the Adaptation award at IndieCade, the International Festival of Independent Games, for conveying Indigenous experiences through "the logic of play and power of interaction."
  • Shelia Cotten (PI), Liz Mack (Geography), Daisy Chang (Psychology), Kevin Ford (Psychology), Pete Savolainen (Engineering) and John Verboncoeur (Engineering) and Troy Hale (Journalism) were awarded an approximately 2.5 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation for a study on workforce impacts of automated vehicles (see more information). This study builds off an earlier study with The American Center for Mobility that Shelia, Aleks Yankelevich, and John Verboncoeur conducted.
  • Elizabeth LaPensee (M+I), Geri Alumit Zeldes (School of Journalism), Fashina Aladé (Ad+PR), and Andrew Dennis (M+I) were awarded $20,000 from the Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant to continue the Emphatic Games Design Initiative, which supports students in developing their own self-determined games aimed at facilitating empathy.
  • A team including researchers from Arizona State University and a group of faculty from MSU, including Tom Holt (Criminal Justice), Arun Ross (CSE), Ruth Shillair and Johannes M. Bauer (M+I) received a Department of Homeland Security grant ($248,000 to the MSU team) for a project examining ideologically motivated cyberattackers.
  • Brian Winn is a co-PI with Michael Boivin (lead PI, Professor of Psychiatry and of Neurology & Ophthalmology), Alla Sikorskii (PI, Professor in Psychiatry), and Itziar Familiar-Lopex (PI, Professor in Psychiatry) on a large, $3,23 million NIH grant on Culture–specific neurodevelopmental assessment of HIV-affected children. This five-year grant is a continuation of the African Brain Powered Games (BPG) work. The team had been pursuing it for five years (so: persistence matters!). Aided by NIH funding, the team has developed in earlier work an open access African BPG, a non-proprietary CCRT digital games package for HIV+ and affected school-age children living in the sub-Sahara. The new project will explore how BPG can be both an intervention and an assessment. The research team will use BPG as a neurocognitive “stress test” or medical “challenge” test, in order to evaluate brain/behavior functional integrity in HIV-affected children. This dual use of BPG is a key innovative feature.
  • Josh Introne was recently awarded a $495,000 CHS Small NSF grant studying the “Online Dynamics of Misinformation”, see the award website.
  • Shelia Cotten is part of two teams that have each been awarded $10,000 grants by S3 (Science + Society @ State). The first project, Technostress and the Health of Working Older Adults, will fund work in collaboration with Elizabeth Mack and Amber Pearson (both Department of Geography at MSU). The second project, A qualitative exploration of media and information/communication technology use of older adults with and without cognitive impairment and dementia, is in collaboration with Anastasia Kononova (AD+PR), Andrew Bender (Epidemiology and Biostatistics), Dar Meshi (AD+PR), Fei Sun (School of Social Work), Andrea Bozoki (Neurology and Ophthalmology).
  • Rick Wash is among seven researchers who received a Security and Privacy research award from Google. The $75,000 award recognizes academics who have made major contributions to the field. Award winners were selected by a committee of senior security and privacy researchers at Google. See the website for the formal announcement.
  • Elizabeth LaPensée. nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, with animations illustrated by Beth, was awarded the Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Directed by award-winning Cree filmmaker Tasha Hubbard, We Will Stand Up weaves the murder of Colten Boushie with the history of systematic violence against Indigenous people in the Prairies. Notably, this was also the first Indigenous film to open for Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival that reaches an audience of more than 200,000.
  • Amol Pavangadkar, who received one of the 2019 #ITeachMSU Awards, recognizing him as an educator who is positively contributing to the teaching and learning mission of Michigan State University! Awards are based on student nominations and were presented by Provost June Youatt at the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology.
  • The Quello Center, which received the 2019 Merit Innovation Award at a conference in Dearborn, MI for original research contributions to the Michigan Moonshot Project. The Quello Team, led by Co-PIs Johannes M. Bauer, Laleah Fernandez, and Keith Hampton, developed a multi-faceted approach to increase our understanding of the quality of broadband connectivity and its effects on school performance. This is the first study to combine crowd-sourced network data with survey data, administered initially in 202 classrooms in three intermediate school districts across Michigan. Based on the lessons from the pilot phase, the team, working with Merit Network and MLab, plans to scale the project across the state and beyond.
  • Jon Whiting, who worked on the production of "Spartan Marching Band - Answer The Call", which won the 2019 Communicator Award of Distinction, Category: Online Video for Social Video
  • Carleen Hsu and John Valadez, who received a $50,000 grant from Latino Public Broadcasting to continue work on the American Exile project. The documentary is scheduled to be launched nationally in the fall of 2019.
  • MSU won the College Television: Station of the Year Award in the MAB Student Awards category. This is a noticeable win, as Central Michigan University has captured that award in the recent past. The work of students and faculty on the new MSUTV Channel was instrumental in that accomplishment. Thanks to Troy Hale, Bob Gould, Brian Kusch and others who worked with our students to make this happen!
  • The MSU Game Studies Guild, which was started in part thanks to the Inclusive Game Dev Initiative started by Elizabeth LaPensee with support from a Creating Inclusive Excellence grant, was featured in the State News.

2018

  • Ricardo Guimaraes, who was awarded an Honourable Mention in the ArtStation Wild West Challenge at the Keyframe Concept Art category. Ricardo's artwork was among several hundred entries, and in the top 8 best artists of the challenge! ArtStation is the showcase platform for games, film, media and entertainment artists. View Ricardo's artwork.
  • Amol Pavangadkar won the prestigious Balgandharva Parivar Puraskar (award) for exceptional service to the theatre, film and media arts
  • Princeton Review ranks our undergraduate Game Design program as #7 in the nation. Read more.
  • Princeton Review ranks our graduate Game Design program as #8 in the nation. Read more.
  • GameDesigning.org ranks our undergraduate Game Design program as #11 in the nation. Read more.
  • John J. Valadez and Carleen Ling-an Hsu's documentary “The Head of Joaquin Murrieta” won two awards from the Broadcast Education Association (BEA), the Faculty Documentary “Best of” award and the first-ever Diversity and Inclusion Creative Award. Read more.
  • Wietske Van Osch Receives NSF Award to Study Enterprise Social Media Collaboration. Read more.
  • Elizabeth LaPensée Wins 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship Award. Read more.
  • The GameDev program received a #3 ranking in 80 Level's Top Ten Best Universities for Game Development! See universities.80.lv for the full list and this link for our own GameDev program.

2017

  • The GameDev program wins big at IndieCade! Read more.
  • Elizabeth LaPensée Named a ‘Human of the Year’ by Motherboard. Read more.
  • EMMY win -Troy Hale and Geri Alumit Zeldes (Journalism) brought home an Emmy for their project “Run Jump Paddle.” The 27-minute documentary follows the experiences of three extreme athletes, each in their own relentless environment.
  • Fellowship by The Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to Greece to work with the University of the Aegean (Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering) - Constantinos K. Coursaris
  • Short Form Video or Film Documentary Category for Spare Parts: Human Organ Trafficking in Bangladesh - Broadcast Education Association - Troy Hale and Sue Carter (Journalism).
  • Silver ADDY for Invisible Wounds in the Integrated Advertising Campaigns, Consumer Campaign, Local category: Amol Pavangadkar (Producer/Director), Archit Batra (Associate Producer), Ian Courtney (Associate Producer), Valeta Wensloff (Designer)
  • Bronze ADDY for Meaningful Play Conference Materials in the Integrated Branded Content, Local or Regional/National category: Valeta Wensloff (Designer), Andrew Dennis (Illustrator), Ricardo Guimaraes (Illustrator)
  • Bronze ADDY for Beyond Bollywood Poster in the Illustration, Single category: Ricardo Guimaraes (Illustrator), Amol Pavangadkar (Producer), Valeta Wensloff (Producer)
  • 2017 Serious Games Community Leadership Award by the International Game Developers Association Serious Games Special Interest Group - Elizabeth LaPensée
  • Award of Excellence in the Faculty Competition at BEA - Troy Hale. Spare Parts: Human Organ Trafficking in Bangladesh. Read more.

2016

  • Fellow status in The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) - Shelia Cotten. Read more.
  • Bronze Telly Award Category One: Editing - Jon Whiting. 2014 WKAR Home For The Holidays show
  • Bronze Telly Award Category Two: Live Event - Jon Whiting. 2014 WKAR Home For The Holidays show
  • AT&T Award Winner for Excellence in Instructional Technology - Taiwoo Park. Read more.
  • William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award - Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology section of the American Sociological Association (CITAMS) - Shelia Cotten.
  • Faculty Impact Award - Amol Pavangadkar.
  • Best Paper Award from the Digital & Social Media Track - Wietske Van Osch, Charles Steinfield and Yanjie Zhao at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) 2016 for the paper "Team Boundary Spanning through Enterprise Social Media: Exploring the Effects of Group-Level Diversity Using a Data Science Approach".
  • Bronze ADDY - Amol Pavangadkar, Producer, and Valeta Wensloff, Designer. Integrated Advertising Campaign - Local - Consumer: Beyond Bollywood Study Abroad materials.

2015

  • ICA Fellow - Quello Center Director, William Dutton, was inducted into the prestigious group of International Communication Association (ICA) Fellows.
  • 2015 Michigan State University AT&T Award of Excellence - Robby Ratan for Best Blended Course for his Science Fiction, Communication & Technology course, TC 401.
  • MSU Lilly Teaching Fellow - Robby Ratan.
  • Emmy - Troy Hale for his documentary, Missing Moon Rocks.
  • Emmy - Jon Whiting for Special Event Coverage (other than News or Sports) for "Home for the Holidays.
  • Gold ADDY - Saleem Alhabash, Designer, Collateral Material: The Advertising Cocktail Book (with Paula Storrer, Designer; Saleem Alhabash, Designer; Jef Richards, Copywriter).
  • Bronze ADDY - Valeta Wensloff, Designer; Andrew Dennis, Illustrator, Advertising for the Arts & Sciences: Meaningful Play Conference 2014.
  • Best Paper Award in HCI and Consumer Health Informatics (mini-track); Nominated for the Best Paper Award in Healthcare (track) - Constantinos Coursaris, et al. A Health Belief Messaging Framework and a Randomized Controlled Trial of an SMS-based Intervention for Cancer Patient Outcomes. Proceedings of the 48th Hawaiian International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), Kauai, Hawaii, USA.
  • Best Paper Award - Wietske van Osch and Constantinos Coursaris. Tracing the Evolution of Social Media Research: Topics and Theories. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Economics, Business, and Management, Bali, Indonesia.
  • Gary M. Olson Outstanding Ph.D. Student Award - Charles Senteio, University of Michigan School of Information.
  • ALISE Doctoral Student Research Poster Award – 1st Place, Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Award - Charles Senteio, Association for Library and Information Science Education, Chicago, IL.
  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) - Susan Wyche, given in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
  • Medal of Exemplary Service by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency - Amol Pavangadkar.

2014

  • Teacher-Scholar Award - Wei Peng received the coveted MSU award.
  • William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award - William H. Dutton was honored by CITASA, the Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology section of the American Sociological Association with this prestigious honor.
  • W.J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award - Robert LaRose’s achievements as a scholar, teacher and public intellectual were recognized with this MSU award.
  • Silver ADDY - Valeta Wensloff, Designer; Andrew Dennis, Illustrator, Advertising for the Arts & Sciences: MSU Media Summer Camps.
  • Nominated for Best Paper - Rick Wash at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual meeting.
  • Distinguished Poster Award - Rick Wash at the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security.
  • Best Paper Honorable Mention (Top 5%) - Rick Wash at the ACM Computer Supported Cooperative Work conference.
  • Winner of the TIM Award for Best Review - Wietske van Osch at the 2014 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Nominated for best Short Documentary - Troy Hale, for Missing Moon Rocks at the Orlando Film Festival.
  • Emmy: Best Documentary - Troy Hale, Imported From China.
  • People’s Choice Award - William Jeffery for game "We’ve Got Issues" at Meaningful Play 2014 (with Greg Kozma, Michael Budram and Peter Burroughs).
  • MAB Merit Award, Cultural & Performing Arts - "Home For The Holidays 2014" - Jon Whiting.

2013

  • Distinguished Faculty Award - Johannes M. Bauer, for his contributions to scholarship, teaching and public service.
  • Communication and Information Technologies section of the American Sociological Association (CITASA) Public Sociology Award - Shelia Cotten.
  • Distinguished Paper Award - Jina Huh, at the 2013 American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Symposium for her research on "Patient Moderator Interaction in Online Health Communities."
  • Silver ADDY - Valeta Wensloff, Designer, Advertising for the Arts & Sciences: Meaningful Play Conference 2012.
  • Winner of the OCIS Gerardine DeSanctis Award for Best Sole-Authored Paper based on a Dissertation - Wietske van Osch at the 2013 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida.
  • First Runner Up for the Academy-Wide William H. Newman Award for Best Sole-Authored Paper based on a Dissertation - Wietske van Osch at the 2013 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida.

2012

  • 2 Emmys - Troy Hale for PSA for "MSU Welcome Back Videos" series and Editing for A Haunted Campus.
  • Most Innovative Game - Carrie Heeter, for “DNA Roulette” at Meaningful Play 2012.
  • Top 4 Papers Award - Wei Peng, Game Studies SIG, Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Phoenix, AZ.
  • Best Paper Award - Wietske van Osch and Constantinos Coursaris. The Duality of Social Media: Structuration and Socialization through Organizational Communication The Eleventh Annual Workshop on HCI Research in MIS (SIGHCI). At the International Conference on Information Systems, December 17, 2012, Orlando, Florida.
  • First Runner Up ACM SIGMIS / AIS Best Doctoral Dissertation Award - Wietske van Osch at the International Conference on Information Systems, Orlando, Florida.
  • Faculty Seminar Fellow, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation - Amol Pavangadkar.
  • MAB Merit Award, Sports - Outdoor or Recreation - "Beneath The Pines #108" - Jon Whiting.