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College to Host First Research Colloquium

Posted Feb. 28, 2013

By Nicole Gennarelli
The first College of Communication and Information (CCI) Research Colloquium will take place on March 8. Faculty and graduate students from the Schools of Communication Studies (COMM), Library and Information Science (SLIS) and Visual Communication Design (VCD) will present their ongoing research from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Rm. 146 Taylor Hall. A brief reception will follow in Rm. 144. All CCI faculty and graduate students are invited to attend.

“CCI’s tenth anniversary offers us a great opportunity to explore intellectual and practical bridges that unite our schools,” said George Cheney, Ph.D., CCI coordinator of doctoral education and interdisciplinary research and COMM professor. “One way to promote more interconnections is through events that invite discussions of common topics. There has been growing interest in offering a research colloquium where faculty and graduate students can present their works in progress. This first colloquium, in what we hope will become an annual event, will feature the theme of health, bringing together faculty investigators and presenters from three CCI schools. Presenters volunteered to discuss their collaborative projects and to invite feedback on the development of their research. This event also provides the opportunity for an interchange among presenters and between all of them and the audience.”

Presenter: Rebecca J. Cline, Ph.D., School of Communication Studies
Title: The Role of the Social Environment in Psychological Adjustment during a Slowly Evolving Environmental Disaster.
Slowly evolving technological disasters may particularly “corrosive” and long-lasting divisive effects on communities. However, the literature reflects little attempt to systematically observe and measure the specific nature of the community dynamics that emerge in response to these disasters and to assess their impact on psychological adjustment, despite evidence that technological disasters have worse and longer-lasting negative psychological effects than natural disasters. The present study addresses this gap. A multi-institution research team proposes to test a model that specifies the nature and mechanisms of the negative/toxic social environment that influences psychosocial adjustment among the most vulnerable community members, those whose health has been compromised by the disaster.

Presenter: Gretchen Rinnert, School of Visual Communication Design (Joel Hughes, Department of Psychology, is a collaborator on this project.)
Title: Designing a community for peer to peer learning that supports Cystic Fibrosis patients
Abstract: In an effort to meet the needs of mobile health emergence, we have designed a mobile application that can aid patients in communicating effectively in participatory health communities by providing peer to peer learning. We are working with a local children’s hospital to understand and design for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) adolescent and teen patients. We have conducted usability tests and surveys to gauge the need, value and the viability of an iPad application called The Patient Advocate. Our main goals are to improve health literacy and social connectedness among CF patients. We will present research conducted between a university design educator and medical professionals.

Presenters: Catherine Goodall, Ph.D., School of Communication Studies; Jennifer McCullough, Ph.D., School of Communication Studies; and CCI Ph.D. Student William Weaver
Food Advertising Practices in Children's Television Programming: An Improving Landscape, or More of the same?
This study investigates the practices of food advertising on two U.S. children’s television channels. Children’s food advertising has been scrutinized due to accumulating evidence that advertised foods are inconsistent with nutrition guidelines (high in fat, sugar, sodium), and not only influence children’s preferences, but also consumption and enjoyment of unhealthy foods. We recorded 160 hours of children’s programming on two children's television channels over 10 days (weekdays and weekends) in summer 2012. We included both morning (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and evening hours (5-9 p.m.).  We are conducting a comparative analysis of the products presented on the two channels investigated to provide an updated assessment of the television advertising landscape, and to demonstrate that standards and practices vary greatly across channels. We are also conducting a thematic analysis of the messages in order to more fully understand common tactics used in child-oriented food advertising.

Presenter: Christine Hudak, Ph.D., School of Library and Information Science
Title: Research Opportunities in Health Informatics
Abstract: Health Informatics is a growing and potentially rich area of research for doctoral students. The program at Kent State University is in the beginning stages of developing research that will move this specialty forward. Both Dr. Hudak and Dr. Rebecca Meehan have multiple research interests and are exploring many different venues for putting this research in place. The presentation will define what Health Informatics is, define multiple areas of faculty interest in Health Informatics and describe potential collaborators and venues where the research will be conducted. Recent Federal grants for Health Informatics Research will be described as well as upcoming opportunities for doctoral students to be involved.