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VWC Professor of Communication Dr. Kathy Merlock Jackson received the President's Award at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) Conference, which took place in Boston, April 11-14. The award is given to individuals who have contributed to the PCA/ACA in a variety of ways. Past recipients include leaders of the regional and international PCA/ACA organizations as well as individuals from business and industry. The Journal of American Culture, for which Merlock Jackson serves as editor, was described at the awards presentation as one two "solid, highly sophisticated, completely professional journals that have led the way in disseminating sophisticated, peer-reviewed scholarship." Merlock Jackson is a past president of the American Culture Association. Her latest book, Disneyland and Culture, explores the success and cultural impact of the Disney theme parks.