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Harrington Keynotes CCI Research Symposium

Professor Nancy Grant Harrington “Engaged Research: Communities, Communication, Information” was the theme for the College of Communication and Information’s (CCI) thirty-eighth annual Research Symposium held on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.

Nancy Grant Harrington, professor of communication and associate dean for research in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky, delivered this year’s keynote, “Rethinking Risk: Prospect Theory Application in Health Message Design.”

Harrington, who also holds an academic appointment to the School of Public Health at the University of Kentucky, focuses her research on persuasive message design in the health behavior change context, particularly as it relates to risk behavior prevention; health promotion; and interactive tailored health communication using computer technology. She has worked on sponsored research projects totaling nearly $8.5 million and has published close to sixty journal articles and chapters.

Associate Dean for Research Suzie Allard

“Dr. Harrington’s research work, with organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, has been instrumental in the development of messaging that makes a difference,” said Suzie Allard, CCI associate dean for research and director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies. “Harrington’s research has significant implications for communicators and health professionals, and we were very fortunate to have her come to Knoxville to share her research with our UT colleagues and the community.”

The symposium began with a research poster session judged by ADPR Assistant Professor Moonhee Cho, SIS Associate Professor Bharat Mehra and doctoral student Lindsey Bier.

A research exchange session followed for CCI faculty from all four schools to share their current work. The purpose of the session was to generate ideas for collaborative research.

In the afternoon a panel of senior CCI faculty shared their research expertise and answered questions from students and junior faculty. The panel included Joan Rentsch, CCI associate dean for academic programs; Maureen Taylor, director of the School of Advertising and Public Relations; Julie Andsager, professor from the School of Journalism and Electronic Media; and Michael Kent, professor from the School of Advertising and Public Relations. The session was moderated by Allard.

Two research paper presentation sessions followed. The first was moderated by CS Assistant Professor Emily Paskewitz and the second was moderated by doctoral student Danielle Pollock.

Bonnie Carroll, BOV member and SIS student Suzan Ali Saleh listen to another poster presenter explain her research.

The symposium concluded with Allard presenting the following 2016 awards.

Best Master’s Student Paper
Elizabeth Hurst
“Evolution of Racial Representation in Vogue Magazine Advertisements: Women and Whiteness”

Best Ph.D. Student Paper
Melissa Greene-Blye
“The Changing Job of Journalism: The Impact of New and Social Media Use on Job Satisfaction in a Television Newsroom”

Best Faculty-Student Paper Collaboration
Mark Harmon/Maria Fontenot/Abhijit Mazumdar
“Presidential Ads on TV and the Web: Driven by Interest Groups to be Cinematic Adventures in Negativity and Opposition Focus”

Poster Awards
First Prize — Overall
Suzan Ali Saleh and Bonnie Carroll
“Website Usability Testing Using the Eye-Tracking Mechanism: Case Study for”

1st Runner-Up — Overall
Umana Anjalin and Dr. Roxanne Hovland
“A Content Analysis of Gender Stereotypes in Contemporary Teenage Magazines”

Special Mention — Overall
Danielle Pollock
“Difference in Scientific Data Sharing Perceptions and Practices by Research Work Sector”

First Prize — Proposal
Mirjana Pantic and Whitney Tipton
“Anxiety, Uncertainty, and Attitudes toward Refugees from Syria”

First Runner-Up — Proposal
Khaled Alkandari and Dr. Candace White
“The Culture of Spiral of Silence: Web 2.0”