Understanding the development, adoption and impact of new media technologies is a long-standing strength of the College of Communication Arts & Sciences. The world of communication is ever changing with the development of new technologies. The dynamics of the Internet, social media, gaming, mobile apps, usability, and the political and economic implications of communication innovations are all areas in which CAS faculty members conduct funded research. Understanding the impact of communication technologies on behaviors and systems is the focus of a number of our faculty's major programs of research. An NSF-funded project to study mental models of cyber-security is an example of a project in this realm.

CAS is home to premier research in telemedicine. Telemedicine involves the use of the use of information technologies to support long-distance clinical care, health-related education and health administration. Researchers study the influence of everything from remote monitoring of health conditions for patients in rural areas to the use of electronic records. Projects of interest include: using mobile phones in innovative ways to screen for, manage or monitor chronic disease or other conditions, helping providers adopt technologies and manage patient data from mobile applications, and determining the sustainability and costs of tele-health solutions.

The College has several research facilities that specialize in new communication technology, namely the Behavior, Information and Technology @ MSU Laboratory (BITLab), the Communication Technology Lab (Comm Tech Lab), the Digital Media Arts and Technology Lab (DMAT), the Games for Entertainment & Learning Lab (Gel Lab), and the Quello Center for Telecommunication Management & Law. Finally, the CAS Media Sandbox, the integration of the college's faculty with expertise in media arts, can has expertise in data visualization, digital media production, serious game research, and other research on creation of content.

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