Next week, the National Communication Association (NCA) 98th Annual Convention is taking place in Orlando, Florida, where hundreds of communication scholars will present their research. Communication scholars from MSU apply a social scientific approach to study various types, media forms and consequences of communication. The NCA is an important national forum to provide communication scholars, teachers, and practitioners with the latest breakthroughs in research and pedagogy.
Communication faculty members within the college have a long and proud history of leading the way with cutting edge research that addresses the most significant world challenges. And, they are a prolific team of researchers. This year 100 percent of our communication faculty will be presenting their research results, along with 23 of our 24 Comm. Ph.D. students. Our COM faculty has the highest participation among all universities in attendance each year, since 2005.
The top CAS papers by CAS faculty and Ph.D. students being presented at the convention include: “Diagnostic Utility: Experimental Demonstrations and Replications of Powerful Question Effects and Smaller Question by Experience Interactions in High Stake Deception Detection” by Timothy Levine, J.P. Blair and David Clare in the Communication and Social Cognition category; “Are Videos Worth It? Testing the Effects of the Addition to Videos to a Website Promoting Environmental Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Practices” by Evan Perrault, Kami Silk, Allyson Rogers and Andrea Sexton in the Health Communication category; and “Multiple Sources on Participatory Web Sites: Credibility Claims, Message Feasibility, and User-Generated Rating Effects on HIV Advice Perceptions” by Jeong Jang, Ashley Hanna and Joseph Walther in the Human Communication & Technology category.
Meanwhile, in the adjoining state of Georgia, five of our Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) faculty and Ph.D. students will attend the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association(ASHA) Convention at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The ASHA is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 150,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally. The convention is the premier annual professional education event for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language and hearing scientists, which draws more than 12,000 attendees. This year’s theme is "Evidence of Excellence: Opportunities and Outcomes."
Both of our Ph.D. students, Lisa Kopf and Liz Wieland, will present at the convention. CSD has three presentations, related to stuttering, voice quality changes and characteristics of “infant-directed” speech. Doctoral student Supraja Anand from the University of Florida and advisor Rahul Shrivastav (MSU CSD Chair) will be awarded the “Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award” given by ASHA. In addition to our MSU CSD superstars, Maya Angelou will speak at the Opening General Session and Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly will receive the Annie Glenn Award.
Good luck to all of our outstanding CSD and COM faculty and students attending the conferences and congratulations to the award winners and presenters!
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