The hiss of Kylo Ren’s lightsaber. The whir of BB-8’s roll. The guttural, staccato wail of Chewbacca in distress. These, and more, are the calling cards of iconic sound designer Gary Rydstrom, whom the producers of the new SoundTank Podcast series interviewed for this latest installment of their audio newsletter. Here, Rydstrom spills the beans about Star Wars, the science of sound, and his affinity for Northwestern.

Professor wins CAREER Award

Communications Studies Assistant Professor Anne Marie Piper is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award for her work designing and developing inclusive technologies for the elderly and those with disabilities. The grant will fund further research and device development.

New Look for January Theatre Productions

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Winter production of Charles L. Mee’s “Big Love” to be staged in newly renovated Louis Theater.

Grad Program Application Deadlines

We are approaching application deadlines for our School of Communication graduate programs.

Toys to Talk About

Toys that talk may appeal to parents and caregivers as potent language development tools. But university speech-language pathologists say toys that best build a child’s verbal skills need not utter a word.

33rd Annual Van Zelst Lecture

Modern culture and media scholar Wendy Hui Kyong Chun asks: What happened to the early ideals of the Internet, and how do human beings now inhabit it?

Ad Whiz Alum Visits

School of Communication alumna Jeanie Caggiano (C82) reveals how creative teams at the agency that brought us such universally recognized characters and campaigns as Tony the Tiger, the Maytag repairman, UnitedHealthcare’s “Dirty Dancing,” and Allstate’s “Mayhem” turn ideas into advertising.

A Legend Visits

Academy Award-nominated and Emmy and Peabody Award-winning writer/director/producer Norman Lear not only had a front row seat for the first golden age of television, he changed the face of it — making friends, and a few enemies, in the process. He was recently on campus to talk about his life and newly released memoir, Even This I Get to Experience, (Penguin Press, 2014).

2015 Abelson Artist in Residence

Jeanine Tesori is one of the most successful women in musical theatre, ever. Accolades, awards, and credits abound in her ever-growing resume of smash-hit scores on Broadway and beyond. She recently visited Northwestern as the 2015 Abelson Artist in Residence and shared advice with a rapt audience.

A Foot in the Door

Hollywood producer Brad Krevoy has been in the business for a while, but that hasn’t dulled his desire to help the up-and-comers. Students, largely from the School of Communication, got a friendly taste of what it takes to get ahead, thanks to Krevoy and this EPICS-sponsored event.

Emmy nominees

School of Communication alumni are among those in the spotlight for the 67th annual Emmy Awards.

Second to None

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School of Communication professor Harvey Young leads a new Northwestern University Press imprint focused on the first-rate stories of the “Second City.”