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HRCC Faculty Feature May

HRCC Faculty Feature May

May 23, 2022

What better way to ring in the end of the school year than with our HRCC Faculty Feature of the Month! This month the HRCC is featuring James Dearing. Dearing is a Brandt Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication who has recently been appointed to serve on an advisory council for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

HRCC Faculty Feature April

HRCC Faculty Feature April

April 12, 2022

April showers bring May flowers, and they also bring another faculty feature! This month the HRCC is featuring Rick Wash. He is an Associate Professor of Information Science and Cybersecurity in the Department of Media and Information. Rick is an expert on the human aspects of cybersecurity.

HRCC Sandi Smith Research Fellowship Awarded to Sanguk Lee, Kaitlin Lewin, & Emily Shuo Zhan

February 16, 2022 - Ireland Ingram

The Health and Risk Communication Center (HRCC) is in the fifth year of its new Fellowship award, the Sandi Smith Research Fellowship. This year’s recipients include Ph.D. candidate Sanguk Lee, Department of Communication, Ph.D. student Kaitlin Lewin, Department of Advertising & Public Relations, and Ph.D student Emily Shuo Zhan, Department of Journalism. Funds awarded from this fellowship are in recognition of each student’s exceptional scholarly efforts and will aid these students’ in their research initiatives. 

HRCC Faculty Feature February

HRCC Faculty Feature February

February 10, 2022 - Ireland Ingram

It is February and love (for research) is in the air! The HRCC is pleased to announce that this month’s featured faculty member is Professor Jeffrey P. Searl, Ph.D., CCC-SLP from the department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University.

HRCC Featured Faculty-January

HRCC Featured Faculty-January

January 17, 2022 - Ireland Ingram

Happy New Year from the HRCC! With the new year, comes another Faculty Feature! This month’s faculty feature is Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D. She is a tenured Professor in MSU’s School of Journalism and serves as ComArtSci’s Faculty Excellence Advocate, helping recruit and retain staff and faculty and tries to move the needle of awesome-ness in the building.

HRCC Faculty Feature December

HRCC Faculty Feature December

December 5, 2021 - Ireland

Happy December! Winter is rolling in and so is another HRCC Featured Faculty of the Month! For December our faculty feature is Tai-Quan "Winson" Peng, Ph.D. Winson Peng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Michigan State University.

Faculty Feature of the Month

Faculty Feature of the Month

October 29, 2021 - Ireland Ingram

Happy November! It is time for another Featured Faculty of the Month. For the month of November the HRCC Faculty Feature is Eric Freedman J.D.

Faculty Feature of the Month

Faculty Feature of the Month

October 8, 2021 - Ireland Ingram

Happy October! Fall has arrived and so has another Faculty Feature! This month’s faculty feature is Keith N. Hampton, PhD. Dr. Hampton is a Professor in the Department of Media and Information, in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. In 2018 he assumed the role of Director of Academic Research for the Quello Center, a multi-disciplinary center within the Department of Media and Information at MSU.

DR. RATAN AWARDED NSF GRANT TO DEVELOP MORE INCLUSIVE AND EQUITABLE REMOTE WORKSPACES

DR. RATAN AWARDED NSF GRANT TO DEVELOP MORE INCLUSIVE AND EQUITABLE REMOTE WORKSPACES

September 27, 2021 - Ireland Ingram

The COVID-19 pandemic ushered in a new era of remote work which highlighted the barriers to well-being, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Video meeting fatigue is especially harmful to women and people of color, intensifying things that were already occurring in face-to-face meetings, such as unequal talking time and interruptions. It is the ultimate hope that this research will allow for insights to improve general best practices for virtual meetings among a number of diverse teams and industries to minimize this fatigue. - Dr. Ratan

Faculty Feature of the Month

Faculty Feature of the Month

September 3, 2021 - Ireland Ingram

Welcome back to MSU! The start of September signals the new Fall semester and it also means it is time for another HRCC faculty feature!

Faculty Feature of the Month

Faculty Feature of the Month

August 6, 2021 - Ireland Ingram

The HRCC is happy to announce that the Faculty Feature for the month of August is Dr. Fashina (Shina) Aladé. Dr. Aladé is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Advertising + Public Relations and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. She also serves as the Associate Editor of the Society for Research in Child Development’s Social Policy Report, and she has worked with several public media stations and outreach organizations on a variety of projects evaluating children’s television programs and online games.

I Like What You Like: Social Norms and Media Enjoyment

July 13, 2021 - Allison Eden and Kevin Kryston

People consume and enjoy similar media entertainment as their friends and close others do. Yet the underlying psychological processes driving selection and consumption of entertainment considered “mainstream” within a group are still unclear. Given that individuals’ behaviors and attitudes are influenced by the perceived prevalence of others’ behaviors (descriptive norms) and perceptions of what others approve (injunctive norms), this article examines the role of descriptive and injunctive norms in media selection and enjoyment.

Faculty Feature of the Month

Faculty Feature of the Month

July 9, 2021 - Ireland Ingram

The HRCC is delighted to announce the Faculty Feature for the month of July is Dr. Bridget Walsh. Dr. Walsh is a certified speech-language pathologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University. She directs the Developmental Speech Laboratory in the Communication Arts and Sciences building.

Faculty Feature of the Month

Faculty Feature of the Month

June 4, 2021 - Ireland Ingram

The HRCC is excited to announce the June Faculty Feature of the Month is Dr. John Besley. Dr. Besley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Advertising + Public Relations in the College of Communication Arts & Sciences as well as the Ellis N. Brandt Chair.

American Scientists' Willingness to Use Different Communication Tactics

May 10, 2021 - John C. Besley, Todd P. Newman, Anthony Dudo, Leigh Anne Tiffany

The careful choice of tactics—such as specific messages, styles, channels, or sources—is how strategic science communicators ensure that the time and money going into communication results in intended changes to chosen audiences’ beliefs, feelings, and frames, as well as associated behaviors. Using a sample of scientists from American research universities (N = 516), we assess scientists’ willingness to use 11 different communication tactics and the relationship between these tactics and potential predictors. We find that scientists are open to a range of communication tactics. Practical and theoretical implications for science communication are discussed.

Faculty Feature of the Month

Faculty Feature of the Month

May 7, 2021 - Ireland Ingram

We are thrilled to announce this month’s faculty feature is Dr. Stephanie Beth Jordan. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Information and a core faculty in the Center for Gender in a Global Context at Michigan State University.

Sandi Smith Research Fellowship Winners

May 4, 2021 - Amber Wise

The highest human act is to inspire: Sandi Smith Research Fellowship awarded to Ms. Leigh Anne Tiffany, Mr. Nolan Jahn, and Ms. Shelby Wilcox.

Problematic Social Media Use and Social Support Received in Real-Life Versus on Social Media: Associations with Depression, Anxiety and Social Isolation

May 3, 2021 - Dar Meshi and Morgan Ellithorpe

Social media platforms allow people to connect with each other and obtain social rewards. In some individuals, these reinforcing rewards can induce maladaptive, problematic social media use, with symptoms similar to substance use disorders. This problematic social media use has been associated with poorer mental health. Previous studies have demonstrated that social support can protect against poor mental health. People can receive social support both in real-life and on social media, however, so we investigated whether these two types of social support mediate the relationship between problematic social media use and poor mental health.

Showing They Care (Or Don't): Affective Publics and Ambilvalent Climate Activism on TikTok

May 2, 2021 - Bruno Takahashi, Perry Parks, Jing Zeng, and Samantha Hautea

The microvideo platform TikTok has emerged as a popular hub for self-expression and social activism, particularly for youth, but use of the platform’s affective affordances to spread awareness of important issues has not been adequately studied. Through an exploratory multimodal discourse analysis of a sample of popular climate change-hashtagged TikTok videos, this study examines how affordances of visibility, editability, and association facilitate the formation of affective publics on TikTok.

Using Speech Acts to Elicit Positive Emotions for Complaints on Social Media

April 27, 2021 - Young Anna Argyis, Kafui Monu, Yongsuk Kim, Yilu Zhou, Zuhui Wang, Zhaozheng Tin

A carefully tailored tone in response to a complaint on social media can create positive emotions for an upset customer. However, very few studies have identified what response tones, based on an established theory, would be most effective for complaint management. This study conceptualizes a service agent's response tones based on Ballmer and Brennenstuhl's (1981) classification of speech acts and examines how an agent's use of speech acts elicit positive emotions for the complainant.

All night long: problematic media use is differentially associated with sleep quality and depression by medium

April 12, 2021 - Allison Eden, Morgan E. Ellithorpe, Dar Meshi, Ezgi Ulusoy and Sara M. Grady

Media use appears to adversely affect sleep quality. Yet, findings remain inconsistent based on medium, duration, and manner of use. Given the recent, widespread rise in consumption of video on-demand services and social media platforms, problematic use of these media has become of interest to media and sleep researchers. Although research has looked at the correlation between problematic media use and sleep, to date no studies have compared different media platforms to better understand the processes.

Faculty Feature of the Month

Faculty Feature of the Month

April 2, 2021 - Ireland Ingram

The HRCC is excited to announce the April HRCC featured faculty member of the month is Dr. Maria D. Molina. Dr. Molina is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Advertising & Public Relations.

Faculty Feature of the Month

Faculty Feature of the Month

March 5, 2021 - Ireland Ingram

We are pleased to share the March HRCC featured faculty member of the month is Dr. Bruno Takahashi. Dr. Takahashi is an Associate Professor of Environmental Journalism and Communication at Michigan State University with a joint appointment in the School of Journalism and AgBioResearch.

Faculty Feature of the Month

Faculty Feature of the Month

February 12, 2021 - Ireland Ingram

February's HRCC featured faculty member is Dr. Elizabeth Dorrance Hall. Dr. Elizabeth Dorrance Hall is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Department at Michigan State University and Director of the Family Communication and Relationships Lab.

Faculty Feature of the Month

Faculty Feature of the Month

January 29, 2021 - Ireland Ingram

January’s HRCC featured Faculty Member of the Month is Dr. Monique Mitchell Turner. Dr. Turner is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Communication at Michigan State University. Prior to this appointment, she served as Associate Dean of MPH programs at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.