The Association for Politics & the Life Sciences Conference 2013

Oct. 25-26, 2013, Texas Tech University


  1. Participants were encouraged to join the conversation about the conference through social media outlets using the event’s hashtag: #APLSTTU13. The Outpost Social Media Lab @ TTU monitored the traffic and engaged with those who tweeted or posted about the conference.
  2. College of Media & Communication classes had student volunteers participate in monitoring and live-tweeting the conference. These classes include: Online & Digital Public Relations, Principles of Public Relations, Propaganda and Public Opinion, Retail Advertising, Sports Scandal & Social Media, and graduate-level Research Methods. Additionally, student volunteers throughout the college participated. 
  3. Day one: 
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  5. Welcoming Remarks:
  6. Opening Plenary Lecture - Disinformation Squared: Was the HIV-from-Fort-Detrick Myth a Stasi Success? - Dr. Robert Hunt Sprinkle, University of Maryland
  7. Workshop number one with Patrick A. Stewart discussing politics, emotions and coding facial display behavior. Dr. Stewart is certified with the Facial Action Coding System (FACS). His current research is focused on emotional responses of followers to leaders and public figures. Specifically, his research is tailored to audience laughter and applause in response to political candidates as well as candidates' facial expressions perceived by the audience.