Communications researchers craft impact at ICA Conference

May 19, 2009

A group of 43 faculty members and graduate students from the College of Communications at Penn State compiled an array of papers and presentations that comprise a sizable contribution to the annual International Communications Association Conference that was held May 21-25 in Chicago.

Those making presentations or with papers accepted for the five-day event included 14 faculty members and 29 graduate students.

Their presentations ranged from evaluations of gaming consoles and the popularity of podcasts  to measures of the effects of Facebook applications on interpersonal perceptions and an examination about how wireless carriers escape regulation on their video screens. A documentary film by a faculty member made its debut at the conference as well.

One submission, "How Can Wii Learn from Video Games? Examining Relationships Between Technological Affordances and Socioconductive Determinates on Affective and Behavioral Outcomes," was selected as a top-three paper. It was authored by Edward Downs, an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota-Duluth who earned his doctorate at Penn State in 2008, and Mary Beth Oliver, professor and co-director the the Media Effects Laboratory.

Another submission, "Source Clues in Online News: Is Proximate Source More Powerful than Distal Sources?," was selected as the top student paper. It was authored by graduate students Hyunjin Kang, Keunmin Bae and Shaoke Zhang.

Faculty members from each of the four departments in the College of Communications (advertising/public relations, film-video and media studies, journalism, telecommunications) participated at the conference. Professor S. Shyam Sundar, co-director of the Media Effects Laboratory, served as author or co-author on four different papers that will be presented.

A film by Naomi McCormack, assistant professor in the Department of Film-Video and Media Studies, made its debut at the conference. "Out of the Question: Women, Media, and the Art of Inquiry" follows the careers and contributions of five women who did pioneering work on celebrity, media and politics, and social influence during the 1940s. The women helped set the foundation for the field of media research as they investigated war propaganda and the emerging media cultures of American life.

The International Communications Association is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. ICA began more than 50 years ago as a small association of U.S. researchers and is now a truly international association with more than 3,500 members in 65 countries. Since 2003, ICA has been officially associated with the United Nations as a non-governmental association. The association aims to advance the scholarly study of human communication by encouraging and facilitating excellence in academic research worldwide.

(Media Contacts)

Last Updated June 04, 2009