Strong Showing at the ICA

Posted on: May 27, 2014

by Johannes M. Bauer

Last week, extending through Memorial Day weekend, the annual conference of the International Communications Association (ICA) took place in Seattle, WA, dedicated to the overarching theme of "Communications and the Good Life". The premier academic event for scholars in the field of communications and media, the conference brought together several thousand researchers from around the world. Twenty-five divisions and interest groups are dedicated to areas as diverse as Communication and Technology, Communication Law and Policy, Game Studies, Health Communication, Instructional and Development Communication, Political Communication, Organizational Communication, and Visual Communication Studies.

The strength and intellectual leadership of our college in many of these and other fields manifested itself in a strong presence of CAS researchers. 86 MSU faculty and graduate students presented 56 papers in several pre-conferences and during the main conference. Both the Media and Information (MIS) and the Communications (COM) PhD programs showcased their latest research. 48 faculty and students were affiliated with the interdepartmental MIS PhD program, involving faculty from the Departments of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media (soon to be renamed to Department of Media and Information), Advertising and Public Relations, and Journalism.

Jointly and individually, the 27 MIS doctoral students and 21 MIS faculty presented 38 papers on topics ranging from the emotional, socio demographic and other facets of the digital divide, online security, social media and political change, health communication, cyberbullying, and broadband policy. 38 scholars from the Department of Communication and other MSU departments presented an additional 19 papers. The quality of the research is reflected in six top paper awards won by CAS faculty and graduate students. Congratulations go to:

  • Hsin-yi Sandy Tsai (TISM) & Johannes M. Bauer (TISM). Best Faculty Paper, Communication Law and Policy Division.
  • Young June Sah (TISM) & Soyon You (Samsung Electronics). Top Four Student Paper, Communication and Technology Division.
  • Laura Gibson (U Penn), Andy SL Tan (U Penn), Derek Freres (U Penn), Nehama Lewis (U Haifa), Lourdes Martinez (COM), & Robert Hornik (U Penn). Top Three Paper, Health Communication Division.
  • Morgan E. Summers (COM) & Katherine Justyna Denker (Ball State U). Top Three Paper, Instructional/Developmental Communication Division.
  • Yi Zhu (COM). Top Student Paper, Intercultural Communication Division.
  • David D. Clare (COM), Ashley A. Hanna (COM), Amanda J. Holmstrom (COM), Morgan E. Summers (COM), & Catherine M. Musatics (MSU), Top Three Faculty Paper, Interpersonal Communications Division.

To celebrate the achievements of the past year, to introduce new faculty members and bid farewell to leaving colleagues, MSU invited to a reception on Friday night, attended by a large crowd of alumni and colleagues who packed Ballroom D at the Sheraton. With Seattle showing its best weather, the conference was memorable academically and culturally.

ICA Reception

Full house at the MSU reception

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