research spotlight: mindfulness and food for thought

assistant professor of communications and media studies mark flynn and tristyn suprenant ’20 take a look at food advertisements and the effects of mindfulness on television binge watching.

as assistant professor of communication and media studies, dr. mark flynn’s research primarily focuses on media effects and health communication, and the intersection between these two areas. he explores the relationship between media use and health issues related to body image and risk behavior. through this research, he also began exploring strategic health communication and developed a “health communications” course to give students an overview of the field.

in this course, students have gained firsthand experience pitching creative campaigns to clients such as dana-farber, as well as creating campaigns that inform emmanuel students about the dangers of binge drinking and the importance of mindfulness.

the subjects struck a chord with senior tristyn suprenant, who has been working with dr. flynn on a variety of research projects since summer 2017. she first began compiling and analyzing content for a project focused on food advertisements. their resulting paper, “is it good for me? a content analysis of the healthiness of foods advertised in magazines,” was awarded the top prize in the health communications division at the 2019 eastern communication association conference.

tristyn and dr. flynn’s most recent research, which was presented to the emmanuel community in the fall of 2019, was on the effects of mindfulness and flow on television binge-watching motivations and behavior, specifically on which states of mind make an individual more likely to binge, and how binging in these states influences one’s mindset after the viewing stops.

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research spotlight: searching for an evolution solution

propelled by a national science foundation (nsf) grant, students and faculty in the mathematics department are studying the rate of evolution in spatially structured populations using evolutionary graph theory, which may inform the estimation of important events in our evolutionary past, such as when humans split from our closest primate relatives.

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research spotlight: powerful partnerships

in collaboration with emmanuel graduate, kierstin giunco ’17, associated professor of education christine leighton and current student kayla balthazar '20 are working with local elementary students to deepen reading engagement and comprehension.

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research spotlight: economics education on a global scale

as her research in economics education has focused on innovation in the classroom and finding ways to help students apply economic theories to real-world situations, students are vital in every aspect to associate professor of economics rebecca moryl’s work.

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eileen milien '22: a career-affirming cure

when choosing a college, eileen knew two things for sure—that she would be able to get to know her professors and peers and that she wanted to be in an area in which she would have myriad opportunities in the research and medicine.

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jake hill '20: seeing citizenship with a capitol c

growing up in a suburban town outside of boston, going to college in the city had always been a goal for jake. after touring emmanuel's campus he felt it had the perfect mixture of “small campus feel and big city appeal.”

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melissa duffy '20: artist and appreciator

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kai uehara '20: social justice scholar

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robert columbus '20: the idea man

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jessie wang '19: head of the class

what began as an on-campus job in emmanuel's student center transformed into a new career path for jessie, one that brought her to harvard university as a master's candidate in higher education administration. 

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emmanuel awarded cummings foundation grant for service initiatives

In May 2019, Emmanuel College was selected as one of 100 Boston-area nonprofits to receive a $100,000 grant through Cummings Foundation's "$100K for 100" program. The grant will help support service initiatives through Emmanuel's Cardinal Seán O'Malley Center for Mission & Ministry.

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