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RIIFF 2010 Team

Winifred Brownell,
Professor of Communication Studies
& Dean, Arts & Sciences at URI


Dr. Winifred Brownell joined the URI faculty in 1971. She received a Ph.D. in Communication Theory from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She was supported in part by a National Science Foundation Fellowship. Her doctoral studies included a number of courses in Computer Programming, Statistics, and Neurophysiology. She has taught a variety of courses including the following:Aging, Dying and Death, Mortal Questions, Interpersonal Communication, Public Speaking, Communication Theory, Women in the Natural Sciences, and Aging and Communication. In 1988, she received the URI Teaching Excellence Award, and in 1996 she received the Association of Academic and Professional Women "Woman of the Year" award. Her publications include articles in Communication Monographs, Communication Quarterly, Personnel Journal, Communication Research Reports, The Encyclopedia of Aging, and The Gerontologist. Her most recent research projects include the publications, "Aging and Infotainment Technologies: Intercultural Perspectives (1997)," "Films of the Frankenstein Myth: Children of an Angry God (in press), "Communication Technologies and Older Adults (1996), " and "Images of Aging in the Media (1996)." Dr. Brownell has written grants funding over $900,000 in research projects. In 1974-75 she coordinated the URI Honors Colloquium on "Aging, Dying and Death." In 1996, she coordinated the acclaimed John Hazen White Honors Colloquium on "Mortal Questions" with Carolyn Hames and Gene Knott. She created a special unit on images of scientists in American popular films that led to a number of presentations on images of scientists and women scientists in popular culture.

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