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Parasite Stress and Restrictions to Freedom of Speech and Press

Communicology faculty member, Dr. Jinguang “Andrew” Zhang, with collaborators from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and University of Southern California, recently published an article in PloS ONE, a prestigious open-access journal that publishes empirical research from all scientific disciplines. Drawing on data from national surveys and the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, Zhang and his colleagues compared the relative impact of three ecological factors—parasite stress (prevalence and severity), …

Graduate Student Colloquium

The Communicology Department sponsored a spring colloquium on May 1 featuring communicology graduate students presenting their graduate theses. The topics of the theses ranged from avatar construction in video games to language grawlixes and seeking information about a romantic partner’s cross-sex friendships. The colloquium was well-attended by faculty members, family of the graduate students, and undergraduates. The event concluded with an award presentation for the outstanding graduate students. Communicology faculty …

Communication and Aging

Communicology faculty member, Dr. Jessica Gasiorek, with collaborators from Massey University and University of California, Santa Barbara, recently published an article in Human Communication Research, considered one of the flagship journals of the communication field, on profiles of successful aging. Drawing on their communicative ecology model of successful aging, Gasiorek and her colleagues found that people who are engaged with the process of aging experience what they call “successful aging,” whereas …

Body Image and Social Media Use

Communicology professors, Drs. Hye-ryeon Lee and Kate Lee, recently published an article in Journal of Health Communication comparing Koreans and Americans on their use of social media for information about body image and its relation to body satisfaction. The researchers found that generally for both Koreans and Americans, using social media for information about body image was related to feelings of dissatisfaction for their own body. They also found that …

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