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Maggie Pitts elected President of ICLASP Association
Director of Graduate Studies in Communication, Maggie Pitts, was recently elected President of the ICLASP Association.  The international Conference on Language and Social Psychology was held this summer in Bangkok, Thailand, where Dr. Pitts delivered a key note speech and Presidential address on Communication Savoring. 
Thu, 09/01/2016 - 11:57am
How Your Smartphone is Ruining Your Relationship
A team of researchers asked 170 college students who were in committed relationships to see what role their phones were playing. People who felt that their partners were overly dependent on their devices said they were less satisfied in their relationship. "I'm more likely to think my relationship is doomed the more I believe my partner needs that thing," explains Matthew Lapierre, assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the UA, who authored the study with his former... Read more
Mon, 05/02/2016 - 9:19am
Kory Floyd on The Author Chat Show with Lynda D. Brown
Kory Floyd appears on The Author Chat Show with Lynda D. Brown: Meet author Kory Floyd PH.D. He will be my guest on The Author Chat Show to discuss his book, The Loneliness Cure: Six Strategies for Finding Real Connections in Your Life:
Tue, 02/16/2016 - 10:00am
Jun Xiang: International Journal of Public Opinion Research
Jun Xiang, a University of Arizona graduate student in Communication, will soon have an article published in International Journal of Pubic Opinion Research.  Xiang, J., & Hmielowski, J. D. (in press). Alternative views and eroding support: The conditional indirect effects of foreign media and Internet use on regime support in China. International Journal of Public Opinion Research. Abstract: Increased access to information poses a threat to authoritarian rulers’ hold on power. In this... Read more
Tue, 02/16/2016 - 9:43am
Breast Cancer Research Has Latina, Rural Focus
Chris Segrin and Terry Badger are working to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety and fatigue in breast cancer patients and their family members. To recruit patients, the research team will travel to rural communities to meet with providers and community health workers, among other tactics. (Photo: Kristen Hanning, AHS BioCommunications)  Read more at:
Fri, 10/30/2015 - 11:10am
Communication Technology and Relationships
Does communication technology help our close relationships—or hurt them? Professor Kory Floyd addresses that question in a recent Chicago Tribune interview.
Thu, 09/24/2015 - 8:59am
Professor Joseph Bonito receives the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching
Please join the Department of Communication on congratulating Joe Bonito for receiving the 2014-2015 College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. “Joe is most deserving of this award and has made major contributions to our graduate curriculum for the better part of the past 20 years,” said Communication Department Head, Chris Segrin.  Jennifer Ervin, the nominating graduate student, said, “I nominated Dr. Bonito because of his passion for not only... Read more
Mon, 09/21/2015 - 12:00am
Communication Department 2015 Berger Scholarship Award Winners
Congratulations to Cicely White-Lee and René Aguirre-Garcia, the 2015 Berger Memorial Scholarship Award winners.  Now in its third year, the Brenna Ilana Berger Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to four outstanding communication majors with disparate life experiences but a common perseverance, resilience, and commitment to education.  Read about the family behind the scholarship and the student recipients here:
Thu, 09/10/2015 - 2:58pm
Matthew Lapierre Joins Communication Faculty
The Department of Communication welcomes Dr. Matthew Lapierre!  Matt Lapierre received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania where his dissertation explored links between children's cognitive/affective development and their responses to persuasive communication.  Prior to graduate school, Matt studied math and philosophy as an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts,  he then worked as an AmeriCorps*VISTA in rural Montana, a counselor with mentally-ill children, and at the... Read more
Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:10am
Patty Sias Joins Communication Faculty
Patty Sias specializes in organizational communication and conducts research on workplace relationships, uncertainty, and leadership. She obtained her doctoral degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993. She received the W. Charles Redding Award for the outstanding dissertation in organizational communication from the International Communication Association, along with several top paper awards from the National Communication Association.  She has... Read more
Tue, 08/18/2015 - 3:14pm


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