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Leaping Forward on Leap Day

34th Research Symposium

On Leap Day 2012 CCI hosted the 34th Annual Research Symposium.  This year’s theme was, “Leaping Forward in Communication and Information Research”. 

Four sessions and a luncheon keynote provided the forum for a series of research presentations and posters.  CCI faculty and graduate students along with participants from the University of Alabama and the University of South Carolina took part in the symposium.  Thirteen contributed papers were presented plus 13 posters. 

Dr. Deanna Sellnow and Dr. Brandi Frisby from the University of Kentucky were the keynote speakers.  Their topic was, “Leaping forward in Crisis Communication Research: Connecting with Audiences in a Rapidly Evolving Information Environment”. 

At the conclusion of the day’s presentations, Dr. Carol Tenopir presented awards to the following student and faculty authors:

Best M.S. Paper:  Charles F. Primm, “Propinquity and news coverage: The U.S. as seen in Latin America”

Best PhD Paper – 2 winners:  1) Betsy Dortch Dalton, “Motherhood as salvation: The experience of young Appalachian mothers” and 2) Ilwoo Ju, “DTC advertising and perceived importance of illness: Two-sided message and the moderating role of DTCA skepticism”

Best Student-Faculty Collaboration: Lorna F. Keathley (CCI Master’s student), Virginia Kupritz, and John Haas, “Verbal Judo training module for law enforcement: An ethnographic perspective”

Best Poster: Ioana Coman, Justin West, and Dr. Karen Freberg (Univ. of Louisville), “Framing #Crisis perceptions through user-generated context: An exploratory case study examining the crisis message frames in the Mexican blogger Maria Macias crisis”