Instr. Elfriede Fursich (Communication), who received her doctorate in mass communication from the University of Georgia this year, specializes in cultural studies of television journalism.
Her research interests include the role of mass media in the production of knowledge; cultural studies; journalism as a cultural practice, and media education and criticism. She is teaching courses this semester in mass communication and in television criticism.
A former newspaper reporter who also worked in German public television, Fursich earned a degree in journalism from the Catholic University of Eichstatt in Germany in 1993, followed by a master's degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in 1994.
She has authored articles and conference papers on such topics as science journalism, civic journalism and the interpretation of TV news, and is now studying the professional motivations of broadcast journalism students.
Assoc. Prof. Jushan Bai (Economics), a specialist in econometrics - the use of statistical techniques in economic research and theory - has been appointed with tenure to the Boston College faculty. He will teach graduate courses in econometrics in the spring semester.
Bai arrives from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he taught economics for six years as an assistant professor from 1992-96 and as an associate professor from 1997-98. His other research interests include empirical macro-economics and empirical finance.
He received his doctorate in economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992. Bai had earlier earned a master's degree in economics from Pennsylvania State University in 1988, and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Nankai University in Tianjin, China, in 1982.
A past recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Dissertation Fellowship and the Dora Garibaldi Scholarship in Economics, Bai serves as an associate editor of the journal Econometric Theory , and as a referee for numerous journals in the fields of economics and statistics.
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