Communication Students to Present at Symposium

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 3, 2011) — Graduate students in the College of Communications and Information Studies will be presenting original research projects Saturday, March 5 at this year's Communication Graduate Student Symposium. Both masters and doctoral students will present their papers at the symposium.

In conjunction with the fifteenth annual symposium, a screening of "The Art of the Possible" by producers Lynn Harter and Casey Hayward will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3 at the William T. Young Library in the multipurpose room B-108 C.

"The Art of the Possible" invites audiences into the worlds of five families living with cancer, its treatment, and what remains in the aftermath. The documentary presents a narrative portrayal of families creating a "new normal” in the midst of cancer and the care providers that serve them. "The Art of the Possible" offers the public and medical community-at-large a glimpse of cancer care that couples conventional therapies with humanizing communication practices. 

Graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Communications and Information Studies are also invited to attend the GSA Symposium, which will begin at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 5 in the Student Center Small Ballroom. The symposium is open only to communication students.

“We place a high priority on getting students interested in writing and scholarly presentation,” said Tim Sellnow, director of the Communication Graduate Program. "We emphasize getting students involved in original graduate student research."

Graduate students and faculty will present on a number of areas of communication research, which include four presentations each in instructional, mass media, applied, health communication and five presentations in interpersonal communication.

UK participants will include:

Josh Hillyer, "The Role of Technology in Teacher Misbehaviors"

Schyler Simpson,
  "Notetaking as a Form of Student Engagement and its Influence on Knowledge Acquisition"

Renee Kaufmann,
 "The Not So Secret Life of a Teacher: Teacher Self-Disclosure in the Classroom"

Kristen Kiernicki,
 "Health Literacy and Health Education: Testing Health Across the Curriculum"

Liz Petrun,
 "The Future of Internet in China: Examining Censorship and Public Policy"

Rachael Record,
 "It's Not a Medical Miracle, but it's a Great Thesis: Cultivation Theory and Medical Dramas"

Sarah Vos,
 "Re-conceiving Cultivation Analysis in a Highly-Mediated World" 

Chen Chen,
 "Cultivation Effects of Social Network Sites on General Trust in Physicians"

Katie Anthony, "Beyond Narnia: The Necessity of C.S. Lewis' First and Second Things in Applied Communication Research"

Holly Roberts, "Health Literacy and Crisis Communication in the 2010 Egg Recall"

Lindsay Dillingham, "Communication from Organizations During Recession: A Survey of Bank Management"

Alfred Cotton, "The Expert Paradigm Reimagined: Expert Source Selection in 
Traditional and New Media"

Katharine J. Head, "Young Women's Perspectives on Cervical Cancer Prevention in Kentucky Appalachia" 

Rachel Steckler, "Measuring Effects of Patient Communication Skills and Health Literacy on Antibiotic Compliance"

Amber Williams, "Colorectal Cancer and Screening in Appalachia" 

Nicholas T. Iannarino, "Mike Birbiglia's 'Sleepwalk with Me': Analysis of the Effectiveness of a Humorous Narrative"

Anna Rankin, "Health Literacy and Patient-Centered Care: A Call for Research on Communicative and Critical Health Literacy"

Randi Campbell, "The Effects of Personal Crisis on Group Cohesion"

Molly Reynolds and Rachel Price, "Sex, Intimacy, and Commitment: Exploring College Students' and Single Adults' Perspectives"

Brittany Lash, "Deaf or Hearing: A Hearing Impaired Individual's Navigation Between Two Worlds"

Kelley Cowden, "Facebook Status Updates as Bids for Connection: A Computer-Mediated Approach to Relational Maintenance"

Faculty respondents are
Amy Gaffney, Brandi Frisby, Bobi Ivanov, Jim Hertog, Lisa O’Connor, Tim Sellnow, Lynn Harter, Nancy Harrington, Allison Scott and Laura Stafford.

After the symposium dinner, Lynn Harter, co-producer of "The Art of the Possible," will deliver a keynote address at 7:15 p.m.