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The 10th Annual Graduate Student Association Symposium took place on March 4th, 2006. The 18th Floor of Patterson Office Tower provided a beautiful campus vista and a backdrop for the activities. The day began with a keynote address by Dr. Teresa Sabourin, from the Department of Communication at the University of Cincinnati. She discussed the programmatic nature of her own research on family communication, which provided attendees with an interesting look into the research process. This yearʼs symposium featured presentations from many of the top students in the Department of Communication, some of whom were also featured later at the Southern States Communication Association Conference. Faculty members also participated as respondents for the dayʼs four sessions, providing valuable feedback and discussion. Throughout the day, the thirty-five students and faculty in attendance enjoyed some of the best graduate research that the Department of Communication had to offer. The Symposium ran concurrently with a welcoming weekend for prospective students. Visitors participated in many activities, including conferences with graduate faculty, a campus tour, and dinners with faculty and current students.

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Teresa Sabourin

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I N • T H I S • I S S U E Jonathan Hampton Associate Deanʼs Address.....................2-3

Faculty Report......................................4-5 Graduate Student Association.................6 Student Activities....................................7 Alumni Update.....................................8-9 Faculty in Focus....................................10 Technology Advanced...........................11 Support..................................................12


Associate Dean’s Address Time flies . . . I am acutely aware that there are 525,600 minutes in one year and that every minute is measured using the same sixty-second interval. What I donʼt understand is why time during the last year (since I began my responsibilities as Associate Dean in the College of Communications and Information Studies) has passed so much more quickly than any of my previous nine years at UK? Is it because time flies when people are having fun? To be completely honest, I have to admit that there are times when administration is not fun. For example, interest in our doctoral program from students around the world is at an all time high. Unfortunately, because our doctoral program is very competitive, I am required to send rejection letters to several excellent students who would no doubt be very successful in our program if only we had the resources to accommodate them. Not fun. Nevertheless, time is definitely flying!

As you read about the many accomplishments and successful events that occurred during the Spring 2006 semester, we are

confident that you will agree that the graduate program is prospering, the graduate faculty and students are advancing the frontiers of knowledge, and our alumni are making positive contributions in academic, corporate, and government positions. This issue of the Graduate Program Standard highlights the technological resources available to the graduate faculty and students in the College of Communication and Information Studies at the University of Kentucky. Jonathan Hampton has, once again, demonstrated his competence in crafting messages. I very much appreciate his exemplary efforts as Editor on this issue of the newsletter. Jonathan will complete his Masterʼs thesis this summer and will be moving on to new challenges, but he will definitely be missed. Congratulations to all of our graduates this year. Nine doctoral students successfully defended their Dissertations. They were, in order of completion, Toy Lisa Mitchell, Mary Lee Horosewski, Davide Girardelli, Hung-yi Lu, Mike Farrell, Rungrat Chaisamrej, Maria (Spirenkova) Ward, Taressa Fraze, and Angela Cooke-Jackson. We would also like to recognize the new Doctoral Candidates who successfully defended their qualifying exams over the past year: Melissa Harris, Eileen Drust, Robert Trader, Zach Henning, Zhiwen Xiao, Anne Streeter, and Deborah Givens.

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Finally, we are proud to announce that eight Masterʼs students successfully completed comprehensive exams during the last year: Jami Fielding, Miranda Blackburn, Mary Dusenberry, Ashley Clark, Ashley Paynter, Brittany Griffin, and Marcus Coleman. Several students benefited from scholarships and fellowships made possible by faculty and alumni. Rungrat Chaisamrej was this yearʼs recipient of the Bruce Westley Memorial Graduate Scholarship, Zhwien Xiao, was the winner of the Howard and Beverly Sypher Memorial Scholarship and Sarah Riley was the winner of the R. Lewis Donohew Graduate Fellowship. Also, several students were awarded travel grants, made possible by generous alumni contributions, which served to supplement travel to professional conferences where they presented research findings.

This year has seen many changes and enhancements to the Communication graduate program at the University of Kentucky. Even though some people claim that the only thing constant is change, Andy Warhol was more precise when he argued, “They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” We have made several changes. This year saw the addition of new doctoral


A.D. Address, Continued residency credit requirements. All doctoral students must now enroll in CJT 767 for two concurrent semesters following the successful defense of their qualifying exams. We are also providing a more comprehensive assessment of teaching assistant performance. Another significant change is that we now require all students interested in either our Masterʼs or Doctoral graduate programs for the 2007-2008 academic year to submit all completed application materials before January 8, 2007. The Admission and Financial Aid Committee will not consider applications that are not complete or those that are submitted after January 8. The new application process requires that all students submit a new and improved application essay form, official copies of all college transcripts, official GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation (which now must now be accompanied by new recommender forms). A comprehensive description of the application process is available online at our newly redesigned graduate program website: (http://www.uky.edu/ CommInfoStudies/GRAD). We hope that students will find the content on the new website accessible, useful, and easy to navigate.

On a personal note, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Dr. J. David Johnson, Dean of the College of Communications and Information Studies, Dr. Nancy Harrington, Associate Dean of Research and Chair of the Department of Communication and Dr. Beth Barnes, Director of the School of Journalism and Telecommunications for their administrative expertise and for the advice they have generously provided over the past year. I also want to express my appreciation to Dr. Roy Moore for his willingness to share what he has learned over the past fourteen years as my predecessor. Roy is retiring from UK, and I will especially miss his institutional memory as well as his service to the graduate program, college, and university. Finally, Iʼd like to thank all of the graduate faculty and students for their assistance in making my transition to administrator a more manageable and enjoyable journey.

In my effort to understand why the last 525,600 minutes passed so much faster than my previous nine years, I did what any social scientist would do—I conducted a literature search. What I learned is that over the past few years researchers have been working to explain the link between time and attention. Dr. Anthony Chaston and Dr. Alan Kingstone, two psychologists from the University

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of Alberta, demonstrated that “the more attention a task requires, the faster time flies” (Brain and Cognition, 2004, p. 289). Dr. Jennifer Coull and her colleagues at the French Laboratory of Neurobiology and Cognition reported similar results in an event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging study. According to Coull, “Attention modulates our subjective perception of time. The less we attend to an eventʼs duration, the shorter it seems to last” (Science, 2004, p. 1506). Taken together, the empirical evidence provided by Chaston and King as well as Coull et al. suggests that time flies especially fast when we are extremely busy . . .whether we are having fun or not.

We sincerely hope you enjoy this issue of the Graduate Program Standard and look forward to hearing what is happening in your life. Please send us a business card, complete the contact information on the last page of this newsletter, send us an email (Derek.Lane@uky. edu), or submit your information online by following the link to the alumni section: http://www.uky. edu/CommInfoStudies/GRAD/ Alumni/. Have a great summer and please, drop us a note to let us know how time has been flying for you!

-Dr. Derek Lane


Faculty Report Dr. Douglas Boyd gave two presentations at the Broadcast Education Association Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, April 26-29: “The Development of Radio Sawa and Alhurra, the U.S. Government Radio and Television Operations in Arabic to the Middle East” and “Security Concerns for Media Students Studying Abroad.” Dr. Boyd will also be a Chair and Respondent to Intercultural/Development Communication Refereed Papers at the 2006 International Communication Association conference.

The second edition of Dr. Donald Caseʼs book, Looking for Information: A Survey of Research on Information Seeking, Needs, and Behavior is in publication with Academic Press/Elsevier Science of New York. Scheduled release is October. Dr. Case delivered the Annual Alice Smith Lecture at the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences this April.

Dr. Nancy Harrington is the new Chair of the Coalition for Health Communication (CHC). Dr. Harrington assumed responsibilities at the KCHC conference this April. The search committee that selected Dr. Harrington sought a candidate with visibility and credibility in the field, a history of involvement with CHC, and significant administrative experience. Dr. Harrington presented “Persuasive Strategies for Effective Health Behavior Change Messages” for the Wake Forest Department of

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Communicationsʼ annual colloquium this April. Dr. Harrington, along with Dr. Lane, Dr. Zimmerman and Professor Emeritus Dr. Donohew, contributed “An Extension of the Activation Model of Information Exposure: The Addition of a Cognitive Variable to a Model of Attention” to Media Psychology. The principal objective of this article is to offer an extended theoretical framework for further development of persuasive message design for mediabased health campaigns.

Dr. Thomas Lindlof has been appointed to the editorial board of Communication Methodologies and Measures, a new journal published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Dr. Lindlof has been invited to contribute several entries to a major new reference work, the International Encyclopedia of Communication, to be published jointly by Blackwell and the International Communication Association in 10 volumes in 2007. Dr. Lindlof conducted a full-day workshop on qualitative research at the University of North CarolinaCharlotte. Participants for the April 7th workshop were the faculty from communication, sociology, psychology, and management departments, who are launching a new Ph.D. program in organizational science. Dr. Lindlof also visited Ohio Universityʼs School of Telecommunications on May 19 to speak at a graduate pro-seminar series about his recent research on political image management.


Faculty Report Dr. Roy L. Moore is serving as Chair and Respondent for a Communication Law and Policy Division paper session titled “Copyright from the 6th Century to the 21st Century” at the annual International Communication Association conference, June 18th22nd in Dresden, Germany. Dr. Moore is a panelist for a pre-convention workshop on “Teaching the Mass Communication Course” at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in August in San Francisco, where he is also a panelist for a session on “Media Regulation in the 21st Century” co-sponsored by the Entertainment Studies Interest Group and the Law Division. His presentation is on “New Media, New Regulatory Models: The Challenges of Regulating Emerging Mass Communication Technologies.” Pictured below are Dr. and Mrs. Moore celebrating his time at UK with friends from our program.

Dr. Philip Palmgreen was first author and presenter of a paper at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, December 2005, in Philadelphia. The paper was titled “Effects of the Office of National Drug Control Policyʼs Marijuana Initiative Campaign on AtRisk Youth.” An article (same title) based on this paper was recently accepted for publication in the American Journal of Public Health. Professor Emeritus Dr. Lewis Donohew is a coauthor on both pieces.

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Dr. Caroline Rankin will present two research reports this July at the International Association for Relationship Research conference in Crete, Greece. One is for a symposium on different perspectives on studying sexuality. Dr. Rankinʼs paper is called “College Studentsʼ Perceptions of Casual Sex Risks and Benefits.” The second piece titled “Change iin d report iis a theory h i i l d “Ch Personal Relationships: Might Change Conform to Newtonʼs Three Laws of Motion?”

•Faculty Farewell• From the desk of Dr. Aaron Boyson: “I have accepted a tenure-track position with the University of Minnesota in Duluth beginning next fall. When our family takes a final vector due way, way north, it will feel quite a bit like getting a neck massage while being hit in the toe with a hammer. I am very pleased to join an energetic Communication faculty at UMD. Mainly, though, I am placing my children nearer to their extended family. Thatʼs the massage part. The toe part is leaving behind such a wonderful department, full of compassionate and driven colleagues. I would like to go on record by thanking Dr. Harrington, for working tirelessly to maintain the goodness and stave off the badness with respect to junior faculty life. I could not have chosen a better place to start my career. And I am sad to depart. Thatʼs nothing if not understated.”


Graduate Student Association 2005-2006 GSA Officers

Springtime is finally upon us, and the campus that surrounds us blooms bright, new, and green. Green is the color of beginnings, but with beginnings come endings as well. Another school year is passing into memory. Let us take a moment to reflect upon the Spring 2006 semester, another successful and memorable one for the Graduate Student Association and the entire graduate program. Thanks to the efforts of dozens of students, faculty, and staff, this yearʼs Graduate Student Association Symposium and recruitment weekend was a smashing success. To all the presenters, moderators, faculty respondents, hosts, and other participants, the GSA offer sincere gratitude for your hard work. A little extra gratitude must go to Symposium Committee chair Sarah Riley and the rest of her committee for their tireless efforts. The Colloquium Committee organized several informative and beneficial events. Colloquium Committee member and Ph.D. candidate Zach Henning led a session on building course websites. Director of Research and Instructional Technologies Scott Johnson conducted a tutorial on using FileMaker Pro and Dreamweaver

to create online surveys. Thank you to Colloquium Committee Co-chairs Nikki Dobransky and Rungrat Chaisamrej and the other committee members. The Social Committee, chaired by Chrissy Benac and Kelly Dixon, helped us get away from our desks and computers by planning several adventures into the wilds of Lexington nightlife. The Recycling Committee, chaired by Elizabeth Webb, did lots of great work in the area of—you guessed it—recycling. Many thanks to all of you. Finally, the GSA was honored to work with UKʼs Minority College Awareness Program in mid-February. Over a dozen students, ages 7 through 17, came to the Grehan Building early on a rainy Saturday morning to learn about our department and our areas of expertise. The students practiced public speaking, tracked down leads and uncovered the facts as amateur journalists, and made their own CDs (below)

Steve Jenkins assists in Audio Lab

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2006-2007 GSA Officers

with themselves as featured vocalists. It was an enjoyable and gratifying experience, and the GSA appreciates the efforts of the many graduate students involved. The 2005-2006 school year closed with the semi-annual picnic on the afternoon of Friday, April 28, at Shillito Park. This event marks the beginning for the 2006-2007 GSA officers (above): Co-chairs Sarah Riley and Morgan Poor, Secretary Nikki Dobransky, and Treasurer Erin Gilles. The picnic marks the end of term for the 2005-2006 GSA officers (top left): Co-Chairs Sarah Cavendish and Alan Lowhorn, Secretary Elizabeth Webb, and Treasurer Chris Swindell. We celebrate this beginning and ending, for one cannot be without the other. A great poet— Steve Perry of Journey—once crooned, “The wheel in the sky keeps on turning.” Like the turning of the wheel, endings lead only to beginnings. Mindful of the past, let us turn, together, toward the future and all that lies ahead. Great things await. Onward, The 2005-2006 GSA Officers (Elizabeth, Chris, Sarah, and Alan)


Student Activities Clint Baldwinʼs dissertation research is a textual discourse analysis of international documents and laws dealing with crimes against humanity. He has found that there are changes over time in what is considered a crime against humanity. If crimes against humanity have changed, does that mean humanity itself has changed? Clintʼs cultural, linguistic, and historical analysis engages this question and describes how people communicate “crimes against humanity” as a meaningful concept.

to rural communities as economic development. The media arts project is using radio, documentary film, web interactivity, and community events to facilitate dialogue between inmates, their families and friends, prison reform activists, corrections officers, and local people.

Jennifer Gray presented a paper at the Southern States Communication Association conference in Dallas, “Interpersonal Communication and the Illness Experience in the Sex and the City Breast Cancer Narrative.” It was named the Top Student Paper in the Interpersonal Division.

Anne Ray Streeter will be a speaker at the national Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development conference in Phoenix September 6th-9th. Her focus will be targeting employees with strategic communication campaigns.

Jonathan Hamptonʼs thesis is a case study of Holler to the Hood (H2H), a multidisciplinary media arts project developed at Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY. H2H began in response to prisons being offered

Appalshop, Whitesburg, KY

Anna Hoover is co-author of a poster that was presented at the Environmental Protection Agency Science Forum, May 16-18, in Washington, D.C., “An Adaptive Model for Research Translation: Communicating the Relationships Among Toxics, Disease and Nutrition.”

Chris Swindellʼs dissertation research studies the discord between journalists and official sources. He argues that since emergencies are more consequential than most stories, the two often-confrontational groups should consider some common ground during emergencies. His working title is: “A New Theory of Emergency Communication: What Co-orientation Reveals about Journalists and Official Sources in a Terror Attack.”

7 Robert Trader presented a workshop to the UK AdClub student chapter on designing “webfolios” and presenting creative portfolios online. Currently, Robertʼs two sections of JOU 330: Web Publishing and Design are in the process of redesigning the School of Journalism and Telecommunicationsʼ website. This summer, Robert will be writing a new textbook on English as a Second Bob & wife, Yoku, in Japan Language with Kanako Kojima. Their last textbook, Making Progress with the TOEIC Test, is available on the Japanese version of Amazon.com. Flo Witte is a Clinical and Editorial Specialist with AdvancMed, LLC. Flo also teaches medical writing and editing workshops around the country. She recently taught two workshops for Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals in Mason, Ohio and four workshops for Boehringer Ingelheim in Connecticut. Also, an article, for which Flo is the lead author, has been accepted for publication in Academic Medicine. Itʼs a semi-qualitative study called “Stories From the Field: Studentsʼ Descriptions of Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment During Undergraduate Medical Education.”


The Alumni Update Jamie Estes (M.A. 1988) founded Estes Public Relations (EPR) in 2004, specializing in culinary, lifestyle and hospitality public relations. She has recently added an office in Chicago. EPR clients are located all over the country including Louisville; Chicago; Honolulu; Washington, D.C.; Boston and Napa Valley, CA; and include restaurants, cookbook authors and hotels. Renee Everett (Ph.D. 1993) is a professor and Chair for Eastern Kentucky Universityʼs Department of Communication. Her research interests include web design and marketing, sensation seeking, and message design. Susan Colon (Ph.D. 1998) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication, Media and Theatre at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) in Chicago. She also teaches in the College of Arts and Sciences Education Program, which provides early field experiences for students who plan to be teachers. The program partners with local civic and cultural organizations such as the Lincoln Park Zoo and Redmoon

Theater. She also volunteers for Redmoon Theaterʼs Dramagirls program, which provides leadership, mentoring, and performance opportunities for young women in 4th through 8th grades. Susan performed in NEIUʼs mainstage production of The Waiting Room this spring. Will Jenkins (M.A. 2002) traveled recently to Taiwan and Malaysia as part of his work with the non-governmental organization Initiatives of Change. In the fall of 2005 he led a leadership development program on a 12-city tour of the U.S. Janye L. Violette (Ph.D. 2002) is an assistant professor of Communication at Eastern Kentucky University. She received a university teaching award this year for “Outstanding Classroom Performance,” as voted on by EKUʼs student government. Ajlina Karamehic (Ph.D. 2003) was chosen by Bosniaʼs national news magazine, Slobodna Bosna, as one of the 50 most successful Bosnian immigrants in the world. The magazine chose Ajlina in part for her work on a unique St. Louis campaign to educate Bosnian women about breast cancer. “In Bosnia, cancer is equated with death,” Ajlina says. “Breast cancer

8 is the number one cancer found among Bosnian women but not many people openly discuss it. We had to overcome many cultural barriers to find a creative way of getting information into their hands.” The campaign uses an interactive kiosk, on which women complete a brief questionnaire to obtain a magazine filled with information tailored to their personal needs. The magazine also provides women with a list of mammography centers where Bosnian translators or Bosnian health care professionals are on staff. Aaron Karnell (Ph.D. 2003) has been appointed a Program Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development. He and his family have been posted to Tanzania for a two-year tour beginning September 2006. In Tanzania he will manage a democracy and governance portfolio. Aaronʼs paper, “Efficacy of an American Alcohol and HIV Prevention Curriculum Adapted for Use in South Africa: Results of a Pilot Study in Five Township Schools”, co-authored with Dr. Rick Zimmerman and Dr. Pamela Cupp of our Communication Department, will be published in the August 2006 issue of AIDS Education and Prevention. Another


The Alumni Update paper, “Extremist Radio and the Genocide of Rwanda,” which builds on Aaronʼs dissertation research, is under publication consideration by the Journal of Radio Studies. Suzie Allard (M.S.L.S. 1999, Ph.D. 2003) is an assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee. She is completing work as a co-principle investigator on a grant funded by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers to study how engineers use and communicate information. This dovetails nicely with her interests in digital libraries and knowledge creation. Suzie is also working on a collaborative teaching project about digital libraries with Jadavpur University in Kolkata, India. On the service side, Suzie has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Erika Harney (M.A. 2004) has accepted a new position as the Assistant Executive Director of Lexingtonʼs Chrysalis House - a substance abuse recovery program for women in the Lexington area. It is the mission of Chrysalis House to help recovering chemically-dependent women and their families lead sober,

independent lives that are socially, physically, emotionally, and spiritually stable and rewarding. Wai Hsien Cheah (Ph.D. 2004) has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position in Speech Communication at Southern Illinois UniversityEdwardsville. He will begin August 1st, and will teach three courses per semester. Wai is happy to have a new professorship 25 miles from his current home in St. Louis. This will allow him to continue work on a grant in collaboration with Ajlina Karamehic of St. Louis University, another of our alumni. Wai also has an article, co-authored with Dr. Rick Zimmerman, titled “Receivers-Involvement and College Studentsʼ Gonorrhea Risk Perceptions in the U.S., England, Malaysia and Singapore.” This paper will be presented to the Health Communication Division of the annual conference of the International Communication Association. Donna M. Elkins (Ph.D. 2005) is an assistant professor and Department Head of Communication at Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville, KY. She is also the President of the Kentucky Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges. Rungrat Chaisamrej (Ph.D. 2006) delightedly returned to Thailand (her home country) with

9 her family after her graduation in Spring 2006. Her internationally funded dissertation proposed an integrated model for paper recycling behaviors in individualistic and collectivistic societies. She also obtained a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Systems from UK. Rungrat is an assistant professor at the School of Communication Arts, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Bangkok. Her research interests include communication that deal with environmental and/or health behaviors. She enjoys practicing meditation and doing environmentally friendly activities.

Alumni Abroad: Three of our recent M.A. graduates, Vivienne Zhang, Elizabeth Webb, and Eric Davis (left to right) spent last winterʼs holidays together in China. Elizabeth was recently accepted to our doctoral program where sheʼll continue her successful graduate career.


Faculty in Focus Richard Labunskiʼs latest book, James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights, will be published in June 2006 by Oxford University Press in its Pivotal Moments in American History series. This is his fifth book. Labunski has been invited to deliver a lecture on the “Madison” book in the Banner Lecture Series at the Virginia Historical Society in August 2006. In April 2006, he presented a paper at the Virginia Forum, the first ever meeting of historians, teachers, librarians, and interested citizens, to discuss the stateʼs history. Labunskiʼs paper, “The Second Convention Movement, 1787-1789,” will be revised after the forum and submitted to a law review or history journal. In Fall 2006, he is teaching CJT 630: Seminar in Mass Media Law. It will meet on Mondays from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Professor Labunski has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California and a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law. He has been on the UK faculty since 1995, having taught previously at Penn State and the University of Washington. For more on information about Dr. Labunskiʼs work, visit: www.richardlabunski.com.

Joachim Knuf works full-time for the UK Center for Manufacturing, offering executive leadership courses to many corporations, such as Rolls-Royce and CocaCola (not a UK beverage option). He was in Germany in January arranging a series of programs in collaboration with Porsche. He was in Norway in April and Portugal in May, all part of a traveling circus that keeps him on the road about 100 days annually. Knuf will soon return to Australia to work with a governmentindustryacademic consortium on bringing UK programs to that continent. Singapore and India are also on the list. In April he published, with Mark Lauer, an extensive chapter entitled “Normal Excellence: Lean Human Performance Technology and the Toyota Production System” in the Handbook of Human Performance Technology. He spends his weekends repacking his suitcase but is considering alternative hobbies. Finally, after Davide Girardelli’s extremely impressive doctoral defense and Maria Spirenkova Ward’s equally successful defense, he is looking for excellent graduate students with strong interests in organizational communication. If you are interested, send him an email at jknuf@uky.edu.

10 Seth M. Noar has already produced a healthy body of literature this year. “A Health Educatorʼs Guide to Theories of Health Behavior” was published in the International Quarterly of Community Health Education. The Journal of Health Communication featured “A 10-Year Retrospective of Research in Health Mass Media Campaigns: Where Do We Go From Here?” in a special issue on past and future trends in Health Communication. Dr. Noar coauthored “Integrating Personality and Psychosocial Theoretical Approaches to Understanding Safer Sexual Behavior: Implications for Message Design” for Health Communication along with Drs. Zimmerman, Palmgreen, Lustria, and Horosewski, two more of our graduate faculty and two of our alumni, respectively. Also, Dr. Noar spoke at a Kaiser Family Foundation symposium on Evaluating Health Mass Media Campaigns, where he presented results from a UK Safer Sex Mass Media Campaign (which also involved Drs. Zimmerman and Palmgreen). Others at this symposium presented on national media campaigns, including the Truth campaign and the Verb campaign. This took place on April 27th in Washington, D.C.


Technology Advanced The College of Communications and Information Studies has an outstanding reserve of technology to aid research, instruction, and media creation. The Grehan Buildingʼs excellent facilities and exceptional tech professionals ensure that our resources have a cutting edge roof overhead and are well maintained. The Audio Lab (right) in Grehan 024 is equipped with top-of-the-line professional audio equipment to record projects as simple as voiceovers or as complex as cutting a studio quality album. It contains a PowerMac G4 running OS X with MOTU Digital Performer, T-Rack, and Toast. The Digital Content Analysis Lab (below) is capable of simultaneously recording up to 20 streams of cable television as high quality MPEG-2 data files and automatically archiving them to labeled DVDs.

Grehan also has a video editing facility with five editing bays, each containing a PowerMac G4 computer running OS X loaded with FinalCut Pro HD, iMovie 4, DVD Studio Pro 3, and the Adobe CS Suite. Also, each has a DV player/recorder connected by Firewire. “What do you think?” – the question that social scientists, teachers, and public personages continually ask and strive to answer – has been modernized with the help of perception analyzers. CCIS faculty and students use these interactive feedback tools to elicit instant, honest and unbiased feedback from a groups.

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through the use of 20 wireless hand-held dials. The Media Centerʼs 20-seat theater is wired to collect heart rate (PPG), electromyographic response (EMG), and skin conductance response (SCR) from research subjects. Researchers can use these data to test spontaneous reactions to any number of audiovisual messages. In conjunction with our video and audio editing facilities, this is a powerful resource for researchers. The Media Center also contains an iBook Mobile Computing Lab (right), which consists of 32 Apple iBook G4 laptops and a server, capable of quickly converting any classroom or abandoned warehouse into a wireless computing lab. Grehan 021 is specially outfitted for conducting focus groups with comfortable 12-person seating and dome cameras for recording sessions. Speaking of comfort, The Graduate Center in Grehan 224 is now a top-notch retreat, able to encompass all aspects of grad student life: work, rest, nourishment, and entertainment (masquerading as more work). There are four new flat screen Windows machines, a new printer, 6-piece Logitech surround sound, and a ceiling-mounted digital projector with pixel-enhancing screen, which is great for making presentations.

Two strong programs are available to faculty and students for the creation of web surveys. First, SPSSʼ mrInterview helps users easily create and host online surveys and then instantly analyze the gathered data. Filemaker Pro works in conjunction with Dreamweaver for the creation of more complex online surveys. These surveys are hosted on a dedicated Filemaker web server.


Contributions toward Graduate Program Appreciated During the fall of each year the College of Communications and Information Studies conducts its annual Phonathon to raise money to support student scholarships and student travel to professional meetings. The graduate program calls our alumni and asks them to consider making gifts in support of three different scholarships: the Bruce Westley Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Sypher Memorial Graduate Scholarship Fund, and the Graduate Student Development Fund. The Westley and Sypher funds provide scholarship opportunities to our graduate students every year. The Graduate Student Development Fund provides support for scholarships and student travel to professional conferences.

Alumni are also encouraged to make gifts to the R. Lewis Donohew Endowed Graduate Fellowship Fund. You don始t have to wait for the Phonathon to make a gift to the graduate program or to contribute to any of these scholarships. You can make a gift anytime by check or by credit card. If you would like to send a check, please make it payable to the University of Kentucky and designate the name of the fund on the memo line. If you would like to make a gift by credit card, you can do so on-line at:

iweb.uky.edu/giveonline Even if you don始t make a financial contribution, we need to hear from you. Complete the form below or email me at Derek.Lane@uky.edu.

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