Allow Me To Brag about CAS' Outstanding Researchers...

Posted on: August 13, 2013

One of the things I find most gratifying as Dean is to recognize and share the outstanding work of our research faculty. Being a member of literally one of the top communication research institutions in the world requires an exceptional level of intellectual curiosity, as well as an immense amount of perseverance, passion, drive and organizational skill.

In today's extremely competitive funding environment, aspiring researchers also have to figure out how to financially support their research. To be successful, they must build a convincing case for why their research is more compelling and worthy of funding over the hundreds, if not thousands, of other competitive proposals in the mix.

Having applied for many research grants over the years, I know firsthand what goes into searching out relevant funding opportunities, compiling pages and pages of documentation as part of the proposal writing process, and then waiting in anticipation of learning if the proposal will be funded. If funded, then the clock starts ticking to get staffing, equipment and facilities in place so the actual ground-breaking communication research can begin.

So when I learn that one of our faculty gets a promising research project funded, I cannot restrain myself from being an overly exuberant, front-row Spartan fan! I am so proud to have such a remarkable research team on staff here at CAS and want the world to know about the important work they have underway.

That's one of the reasons the college started a research showcase on the main floor of the CAS Building last year. Portraits of eight CAS researchers from all departments are featured for a full semester. They serve as inspiration for our students, as well as other faculty, staff, visiting alumni and friends.

Please join me in congratulating the following research faculty who are being highlighted this semester for their outstanding scholarly accomplishments. I encourage you to reach out to them and learn more about the fascinating array of projects they have underway and most importantly, how their research is enriching lives around the world.

Saleem Alhabash, Persuasive Effects of New and Social Media

James Dearing, Diffusion of Innovations, with Emphasis on Health Interventions

Eric Freedman, Exploration of International and Environmental Journalism

Casey O'Donnell, Game Development Research and Design

Emilee Rader, Social Dynamics in Online Information Sharing Systems

Rahul Shrivastav, Perception of Speech and Voice and Applications to Healthcare

Joe Walther, Pioneering Research on Interpersonal Aspects of the Internet

Geri Alumit Zeldes, News Coverage on Race, Gender and Religions; Documentary Filmmaker

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