Of note: news about center alumni, students and staff

The Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics is pleased to recognize the accomplishments and activities of its alumni, students and staff:

Dianne Bystrom, director, presented “Gender Bias Bygone? A Content Analysis of Female and Male Candidates for the U.S. Senate in 2012” on Nov. 22 during the annual convention of the National Communication Association in Washington, D.C. The paper – co-authored with Valerie Hennings, scholar-in-residence – was part of a panel titled “Gender and Campaign 2012: Drawing Connections Between Voters, Issues and Candidates.” Bystrom also gave a keynote presentation on “The American Woman in Politics Today” on Jan. 10 and led a session on “Web and TV Messaging” on Jan. 11 at the Blueprint for Winning Academy sponsored by 50-50 in 2020 and held in Des Moines, Iowa.

Valerie Hennings, scholar-in-residence, participated in the annual convention of the National Communication Association in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 22. She presented “Gendered Framing of the 2012 Election: The 'War on Women' as Rhetorical Strategy," a paper co-authored with Dianne Bystrom, Catt Center director.

Aja Holmes, a graduate teaching assistant and doctoral student in the School of Education, presented “Ready to Supervise: Developing Your Own Supervisory Style” on Dec. 4 as a webinar during the American College Personnel Association-College Student Educators International’s career services webcast series. Holmes currently co-teaches LAS 151x/152x: Dean’s Leadership Seminar with College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Beate Schmittmann.

Morgan Todd, undergraduate research assistant at the Catt Center, has been chosen to present her research on the Gender Balance Project at the Midwest Political Science Association's annual conference, April 3 through 6 in Chicago, Ill. Undergraduates selected to attend the conference present their research in a symposium-style setting. Todd is a senior in political science with minors in journalism and mass communication, history and general business from Windsor Heights, Iowa. She is a Rice-Neville Legacy of Heroines scholar.

Dan Voss, an undergraduate student assistant at the Catt Center in fall 2013, was selected by the College of Engineering to be the student marshal during its December commencement ceremony. Since 2003, the college has selected an “outstanding senior” to carry its banner at commencement and be honored on stage during the ceremony. Voss graduated with a bachelor’s degree in materials engineering with an emphasis in metals and polymers, a certificate in community leadership and public service, and minors in political science and economics. After graduation, Voss plans on pursuing a master’s degree in education and spending his career teaching high school physics. He is from Atkins, Iowa.