Meghnaa Tallapragada
Meghnaa Tallapragada
Assistant Professor
Departments: Public Relations, Media & Communication
Office: 215 204-3214
Weiss Hall, Room 221

Biography

Meghnaa Tallapragada is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations. Prior to joining Temple University, Tallapragada held positions in the Department of Communication at Clemson University and the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated from Cornell University with a PhD in Communication and from North Carolina State University with a MS in Communication. She also holds a BE in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from CBIT, India. She is passionate about combining her background as an engineer and a strategic science communication scholar. Through research she strives to bring science and technology closer to people. Her work has been published in journals including Science Communication, Public Understanding of Science, Science and Engineering Ethics, Communication Education, and Public Relations Review. As a teacher, Tallapragada strives to maintain a safe and inclusive space for students so they can develop into creative thinkers who can, not only help solve current public relations dilemmas but also, feel empowered to better their individual selves.

Publications:

Linvill, D. L., Tallapragada, M., & Kaye, N. B (2019). Engineering identity and communication outcomes: Comparing integrated engineering and traditional public speaking courses. Communication Education, 68(3), 308-327. https://doi.org/10.1080/03634523.2019.1608367

Hardy, B. W., Tallapragada, M., Besley, J. C., & Yuan, S. (2019). The effects of the “War on Science” frame on scientists’ credibility. Science Communication, 41(1), 90-112. https://doi.org/10.1177/1075547018822081

Lyons, B. A., Hassel, A., Tallapragada, M., & Jamieson, K. H. (2019) Conversion messages and attitude change: Strong arguments, not costly signals. Public Understanding of Science, 28(3), 320-338. https://doi.org/10.1177/0963662518821017

Tallapragada, M. (2018). A new research agenda: Instructional practices of activists mobilizing for science. *Communication Education, 67,* 467-472. doi:10.1080/03634523.2018.1502460

Tallapragada, M., & Hallman, W. K. (2018). Implementing the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard: Will consumers use QR codes to check for genetically modified (GM) ingredients in food products? AgBioForum, 21, 44-60.

Tallapragada, M., Eosco, G. M., & McComas, K. A. (2017). Aware, yet ignorant: The influences of funding and conflicts of interests in research among early career researchers. Science & Engineering Ethics, 23, 147-164. doi:10.1007/s11948-016-9764-3

Tallapragada, M., Williams, K., & Schrader, D. E. (2016). Intellectual safety: Does your personality type contribute to whether or not you take intellectual risks in classes? Classroom Research Working Paper Series, 4, 70-88. Available at https://cirtl.cornell.edu/resources/teaching-as-research/working-papers/

Scherer, C. W., Porticella, N. A., Tallapragada, M., & Deline, M. E. (2015). The themes of the Hudson river: A content analysis of newspapers along the Hudson river. New York State Water Resource Institute. Available at https://wri.cals.cornell.edu/sites/wri.cals.cornell.edu/files/shared/doc...

Eosco, E., Tallapragada, M., McComas, K. A., & Brady, M. (2014). Exploring societal and ethical views of nanotechnology REUs. Nanoethics, 8, 91-99. doi:10.1007/s11569-014-0192-z

Tallapragada, M., Misaras, I. C., Burke, K., & Waters, R. D. (2012). Identifying the best practices of media-catching: A national survey of media relations practitioners. Public Relations Review, 38, 926-931. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pubrev.2012.08.001

Conference presentations:

Hardy, B. W. & Tallapragada, M. (2019, November). News use, political identity, and the ownership of science. Paper selected to be presented at the 105th annual conference of the National Communication Association, Baltimore, MD.

Tallapragada, M. (2019, November). Instructing emerging STEM professionals, science communicators, and informed citizens to address the STEM communication environment. Chair & presenter. Panel selected to be presented at the 105th annual conference of the National Communication Association, Baltimore, MD.

Linvill, D. L., Tallapragada, M., & Kaye, N. B (2019, June). Training future engineers to become better communicators: The effects of engineering-specific communication courses on student attitudes and identity. Paper presented at the 2019 American Society for Engineering Education Conference, Tampa, FL.

Hassel, A.*, Tallapragada, M., & Brossard, D. (2019, May). Deference to scientific authority, trust in science, and credibility of scientific expertise: Distinguishing the three connected constructs in science communication. Paper presented at the 69th annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Washington, D.C. (*Shared first authorship)

Linvill, D. L., Tallapragada, M., & Kaye, N. B. (2019, May). Engineering identity and communication outcomes: Comparing integrated engineering and traditional public speaking courses. Paper presented at the 69th annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Washington, D.C.

Hassel, A., Lyons, B. A., Tallapragada, M., & Jamieson, K. H. (2019, May). Using nonfiction narrative messages to reduce reactance to science consensus information. Paper presented at the 69th annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Washington, D.C.

Hardy, B. W., Tallapragada, M., Besley, J. C., & Yuan, S. (2018, November). The effects of the “War on Science” frame on scientists’ credibility. Paper presented at the 104th annual conference of the National Communication Association (NCA), Salt Lake City, UT.

Tallapragada, M., & Hallman, W. K. (2018, August). What’s in it for us? Understanding perceptions of genetic modification when framed in context and relevance to individuals and their communities. Panel participation at the 2018 Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference, Washington, DC.

Tallapragada, M. (2017, November). Learning science in activist groups: Division of learning labor through transactive memory systems resulting in collective minds. Paper presented at the 103rd annual conference of the National Communication Association (NCA), Dallas, TX.

Tallapragada, M., Cuite, C. L. & Hallman, W. K. (2017, May). Construal level theory and psychological distance in environmental messaging: Understanding the public’s general disapproval of genetic modification (GM), but approval of specific GM applications. Paper presented at the 68th annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), San Diego, CA.

Tallapragada, M. (2016, November). Activist groups. Group communication: More than decision making or problem solving. Panel participation at the 102nd annual conference of the National Communication Association (NCA), Philadelphia, PA.

Tallapragada, M., Eosco, G. M., McComas, K. A. (2015, August). Aware, yet ignorant: The influences of funding and conflicts of interests in research among early career researchers. Paper presented at the 2015 Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference, San Francisco, CA.

Tallapragada, M., Schrader, D.E, & Williams, K. (2015, May). Feel safe in your classroom? Classroom teaching and research symposium. Paper presented at the Symposium of Cornell University’s Center for Teaching Excellence and Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning, Ithaca, NY.

Tallapragada, M., Eosco, G. E., Deline, M. B. & Scherer, C. W. (2014, December). Influence of community structure on environmental communication: A content analysis along the local newspapers of the Hudson river valley. Poster presented at the 2014 annual meeting of Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), Denver, CO.

Tallapragada, M. (2014, November). Expanding the “locus of control”: Co-producing a fair assessment system. Proposal presented at the 100th annual conference of the National Communication Association (NCA), Chicago, IL.

Tallapragada, M. (2014, March). Are activists experts? Consequences for deliberation in hydraulic fracturing. Extended abstract presented at the Northeast Science & Technology Studies Graduate Student Conference of Department of Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Tallapragada, M., Shanahan, J. & Lewenstein, B. V. (2013, August). Controversial science in the Indian fourth estate: A content analysis of media presentations of GM eggplant. Paper presented at the annual symposium of the Department of Communication, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Tallapragada, M. (2013, June). Challenges of a rejected technology: Communication solutions to the Bt eggplant case in rural India. Poster presented at the 64th annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), London, UK.

Eosco, G. M., Tallapragada, M., McComas, K. A., & Brady, M. (2012, December). Stimulating reflective research among undergraduate researchers of nanotechnology. Poster presented at 2012 annual meeting of Society of Risk Analysis (SRA), San Francisco, CA.

Dannels, D. & Tallapragada, M. (2011, November). The "foreign" voice: Using research and narratives of international teaching assistants to design training and development. Co-facilitator and presenter at the 97th annual conference of the National Communication Association (NCA), New Orleans, LA.

Tallapragada, M. (2010, March). Public engagement in developing countries: A proposal for engagement for nanotechnology in water purification. Received first place in the Humanities & Design division at 5th annual North Carolina State University graduate student research symposium, Raleigh, NC.

Tallapragada, M. (2010, April). Public engagement in developing countries. Poster presented at the 101st annual conference of the Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Convention, Baltimore, MD.

Grants:

Co-Investigator (2019). Something very fishy: Marine ecology STEAM exhibit. South Carolina Arts Commission: Arts Education Project Grant. PI: Dr. Michael Childress; Community Partner: Kathy Prosser, Educational Entertainment (Granted: $11,071).

Principal Investigator (2018). Fulfilling the promise of biotechnology: Understanding public’s general disapproval of genetic modification (GM), but approval of specific GM applications.  Tier II: The Clemson Support for Early Exploration and Development (CU SEED) Grant Program. Co-PI: Dr. William K. Hallman, Rutgers University (Granted $9,783; Funding one graduate student at an hourly rate; July 2018 – June 2019).