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Robert Heath Keynotes CCI 40th Annual Research Symposium

40th Annual Research SymposiumInternationally renowned public relations, crisis communication issues management, risk communication and business-to-business communication scholar Robert Heath served as the keynoter for CCI’s 40th annual Research Symposium on February 14, 2018. Heath, a professor emeritus at the University of Houston who has published over 100 journal articles and several award-winning books, highlighted the possibilities of research in the communication and information fields by sharing his insights about theory, methods and outcomes.

In addition to the keynote, CCI faculty and students delivered an exceptional array of research topics at the Symposium, whose theme was, “We LOVE Research.”

The day began with a poster session with the following best poster presentations.

–          “A Prologue to Planning: Assessing Use of an Academic Library Graduate Student Study Room,” presented by Brianne Dosch & Jordan Kaufman. Other authors: Alexa Carter, Kristina Clement, Lauren Johnson, & Sian Carr.

–          “Library Space: The Final Frontier or the Next Generation? Assessing Active Learning Space in the Academic Library,” presented by Kristina Clement and Lauren Johnson. Other authors: Sian Carr, Alexa Carter, Brianne Dosch, Jordan Kaufman. CCI Faculty: Rachel Fleming-May; Library Faculty: Regina Mays & Teresa Walker.

Four research sessions allowed 21 CCI researchers to share their work throughout the day. The day concluded with the presentation of the following student research awards:

Undergraduate researcher: Emily Caylor, “Family Communication Patterns and Advice Response Theory: How Emerging Adults View Parental Advice on Money.”

Master’s researcher: Joseph Winberry, “Managing Innovations in Libraries: A Work in Progress.”

Doctoral researcher: Kevin Mallary, “Providing Equal Access to Information in Academic & Research Libraries: Works in Progress.”

The symposium was generously supported through sponsorships from UT Press and UT VolShop.