Points of Pride 2015-2016 | College of Communication & Information | Kent State University

Points of Pride 2015-2016

May 2016

JMC's Advanced Television News Production class will be featured May 30 to June 5 for their work in the Spring 2016 edition of the Kent Connects. Read more. 

JMC Assistant Professor Stephanie Smith was featured in "Braegen," the newsletter of East Central Ohio Mensa, after her presentation titled "Terrorism Today: An Examination of Radicalization and Brand Behavior" on April 29.

April 2016

Michelle Baldini, M.L.S., and Marianne Martens, Ph.D., are co-authors of an article titled “Out of the Box and Into the Book: Innovative Library Partnerships to Close the 30 Million Word Gap” published in the spring 2016 issue of Children and Libraries, the official journal of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). Baldini is coordinator of the Reinberger Children’s Library Center in SLIS, and Martens is an assistant professor.

JMC Associate Professors Michele Ewing, APR, Fellow PRSA, and Stefanie Moore co-hosted a Twitter chat about teaching digital analytics in the public relations classroom on April 21 on behalf of the PRSA Educator Academy and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication PR Division. Check out #PRAnalytics on Twitter to view the discussion.

SLIS Assistant Professor Lala Hajibayova, Ph.D., presented a paper titled “From individual contributions to collective intelligence: A case of cultural heritage institutions” at the Computer Supportive Collaborative Work (CSCW) Workshop, CSCW and the 'Sharing Economy': The Future of Platforms as Sites of Work, Collaboration and Trust, in San Francisco, Calif., Feb. 27.

JMC Instructor Gary Harwood was featured in two articles for his photography project and book, entitled "Growing Season: The Life of a Migrant Community." One of his images from the project was included in a cleveland.com article entitled "Food meets art in Cleveland gallery exhibitions, events." IndeOnline.com reported on a presentation Harwood delivered at the Massillon Museum on March 22.

SLIS Assistant Professor Emad Khazraee, Ph.D., co-wrote a paper (with James Losey) titled "Evolving repertoires: Digital media use in the contentious politics," which was published in the online journal Communication and the Public, 1(1), 39–55. 

A paper by SLIS Assistant Professor Kiersten F. Latham, Ph.D., titled "Psychological Flow and the Numinous Museum Experience," was published in the University of Michigan Working Papers in Museum Studies: Number 11 (2016).

An article by SLIS Assistant Professor Kiersten F. Latham, Ph.D., titled "OKF-Ref: Using the Object Knowledge Framework to Understand the Reference Experience," was published in Reference Reviews, Vol. 30, Iss: 2.

JMC Associate Professor Jan Leach was the featured speaker at the League of Women Voters of Greater Youngstown's 2016 Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on March 29. Her presentation was entitled "Shrill Life: 10 Surprising Ethics Decisions and What to do When Everyone is Behaving Badly.”

SLIS Adjunct Instructor John Lewis, Ph.D., spoke on “Organizational Learning: The Deeper Purpose of Knowledge Management” at the Washington, D.C., Chapter of the Knowledge Management Association meetup on March 18.

SLIS Assistant Professor Rebecca Meehan, Ph.D., presented “New Frontiers: Improving Long Term Care through Health Information Exchange" at the International Conference on Health Informatics, as part of the International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies in Rome, Italy, on Feb. 22.

CCI Dean Amy Reynolds, Ph.D., was quoted in an article, entitled "Universities are missing the point by emphasizing ‘diversity,’ American U. official says," about the influence May 4, 1970, had on free speech at Kent State. Reynolds spoke on this topic at the Newseum Institute and Knight Foundation co-sponsored "Free Speech on Campus" conference in Washington, D.C. JMC professor and scholastic journalism expert Mark Goodman also attended the conference, along with PR student Brenna Parker.

SLIS Assistant Professor Catherine L. Smith, Ph.D., is co-author of a paper titled “Exploring the Use of Query Auto Completion: Search Behavior and Query Entry Profile,” presented at the Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval in Chapel Hill, N.C., in March 2016 and published in the Proceedings of the 2016 ACM on Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval. Co-authors are Jacek Gwizdka and Henry Field.

SLIS Assistant Professor Catherine L. Smith, Ph.D., presented a paper titled "Process-learning as a Factor in Evaluation" at the 1st International Workshop on System And User Centered Evaluation Approaches in Interactive Information Retrieval (SAUCE) in Chapel Hill, N.C., in March 2016.

JMC Assistant Professor Stephanie Smith will speak to the East Central Ohio Mensa on Friday, April 29, in Akron. She will be speaking on the topic: "Terrorism Today: An Examination of Radicalization and Brand Behavior."

The second edition of a book co-authored by SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., and Jian Qin, titled Metadata, has been released by ALA Neal Schuman Publishers. The first edition was published in 2008. It has been called the “definitive text on metadata.”

March 2016

JMC student Hana Barkowitz was interviewed by the Record-Courier about her experience with the C-Span Campaign 2016 Bus. 

Kent State University's Glyphix, won one Gold and one Silver ADDY award at the annual American Advertising Awards. Read more.

JMC Associate Professor Danielle Coombs, Ph.D., was quoted in an Akron Beacon Journal article titled "Ohio Gov. John Kasich: Moderate image cloaks conservative position."

JMC Associate Professor Michele E. Ewing, APR, Fellow PRSA is presenting at the 19th International Public Relations Research Conference in Miami, Florida. Ewing and other members of an international task force are presenting a research study entitled: "Emerging standards for measuring internal communications." The goal of the project is to create definitive measurement standards that internal communications professionals can use to develop more effective communication plans. The study will inform both academics and practitioners how measurement can affect communication strategy development and add depth and business value to communication planning and execution.

JMC Lecturer Gary Harwood's photography project and book, Growing Season: The Life of a Migrant Community, is celebrating its 10th year in print by Kent State University Press. The photographs will return to the Massillon Museum this upcoming Saturday, March 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. The exhibit is part of the Big Read kickoff in Massillon.

VCD Assistant Professor Christopher Darling had three images selected to Creative Quarterly 43.

JMC Associate Professor Karl Idsvoog was quoted in a Newark Advocate article, entitled "Licking commissioners met on 'no meeting' day."

SLIS Assistant Professor Marianne Martens, Ph.D., was quoted in a KentWired article on March 3, about the University Bookstore’s celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America event. Martens said, “I like [Dr. Seuss] because I think he’s really a subversive figure in children’s literature. … Children’s literature has enormous power to convey all kinds of messages to children and Seuss’ is a very fun message and a very important message as well, and I also really like what he did for the early readers books.”

Lisa Waite, a senior lecturer in the School of  Communication Studies at Kent State University at Stark, was a  featured speaker at the Kent State-hosted 2016 Spirit of Women in Business Conference on March 9. Read more.

MedicalResearch.com conducted a Q&A session with JMC Assistant Professor Chance York about his research regarding the long-term effects of television viewing on BMI. Read more.

February 2016

JMC Associate Professor Danielle Sarver Coombs, Ph.D., will speak at the Hudson Clocktower Rotary Forum Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 12-1 p.m. Coombs' lecture is entitled "A Primary Season Like No Other: What 2012 Can Tell Us About 2016...And What It Can't."

COMM Assistant Professor Jihyun Kim, Ph.D., recently published a collaborative research study titled, “Exploring cultural differences in women’s body weight perception: The impact of self-construal on perceived overweight and engagement in health activities” in Health Care for Women International.

SLIS Associate Professor Miriam Matteson, Ph.D., is coauthor (with Lorien Anderson and SLIS alumna Cynthia Boyden, M.L.I.S. ‘13) of an article titled “Soft Skills: A Phrase in Search of Meaning,” published in Libraries and the Academy.

An article titled “Investigating the role of semantic priming in query expression: a framework and two experiments,” by SLIS Assistant Professor Catherine L. Smith, Ph.D., was published in the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology in September 2015. Also, her article titled “Domain-independent search expertise: A description of procedural knowledge gained during guided instruction,” was published in the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 66(7), 1305-1322.

SLIS Assistant Professor Kiersten F. Latham, Ph.D., is co-author (with Jodi Kearns, Ph.D., University of Akron) of an article titled “Shannon Goes to the Museum: Drawing Lines Across Boundaries,” that was published in the 2015 DOCAM Proceedings, Vol. 2.

SLIS Associate Professor Athena Salaba, Ph.D., has updated Cataloging and Classification: An Introduction, which she coauthored (with the late Lois Mai Chan) in 2007. The new fourth edition (2016) conforms to the Library of Congress’ new standard for cataloging systems, Resource Description and Access (RDA).

COMM Assistant Professor Michael Beam, Ph.D.’s study “Clicking vs. Sharing: The Relationship Between Online News Behaviors and Political Knowledge” was recently published in Computers in Human Behavior.

Winning poster entries submitted by VCD Assistant Professor Jillian Coorey will be exhibited during the 9th annual Typography Day conference at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India, Feb. 25-27 under the theme "Experimental Typography."

VCD Assistant Professor Christopher Darling will have his artwork included in the 2016 Emerging Artist Exhibition in March at the Limner Gallery (Hudson, NY).

SLIS alumnus and adjunct instructor Edwin K. Morris, M.S. '12, was quoted in an article titled "Gaining KM ‘cred’ in graduate school: Academic programs help forge career paths" in KM World on Jan. 31. Morris is founder and president of Pioneer Knowledge Services.

SLIS Associate Professor Athena Salaba, Ph.D., has co-authored and updated the 4th edition of Cataloging and Classification: An  Introduction, which was previously authored by Lois Mai Chan. The new  fourth edition (2016) conforms to the Library of Congress’ new standard  for cataloging systems, Resource Description and Access (RDA).

JMC Assistant Professor Chance York, Ph.D., recently published research about endorsement ads during the election season (based on the 2008  election), and determined four factors that affect whether an ad containing an endorsement is aired. Read more.

SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., presented “If You Build It, Will They Come? A Discussion of Use Cases and Barriers of Using the Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS) Available as Linked Open Data (LOD),” at the 78th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), Nov. 6-10, 2015, in St. Louis, Mo. 

SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., coedited (with Robert B. Allen and Jane Hunter) and published Digital Libraries: Providing Quality Information, 17th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries, ICADL 2015, Seoul, Korea, Dec. 9-12, 2015. Proceedings (Springer).

SLIS professors Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., and Yin Zhang, Ph.D., presented (with Hongshan Li and Serhiy Polyakov) “Exploring Smart Data approaches to the History of Innovation and Invention at Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University,” on a Digital Humanities Panel at the 2015 Asian Digital Library conference in December in Seoul, Korea.

SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., and SLIS student Julaine Clunis (with Vladimir Alexiev) presented “Innovative Use of Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS) that are Published as Linked Open Data (LOD)” at the first Asian Networked Knowledge Systems Workshop. The workshop took place during the 2015 Asian Digital Library conference in December in Seoul, Korea.

January 2016

JMC Assistant Professor and alumna Stephanie Danes Smith was the featured speaker at the Kent State University commencement ceremony at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19. Her address may be viewed live at http://bit.ly/1ZO5bB0. She was also named co-chair of the Strategic Campaign & Planning Committee for the University Libraries National Advisory Council.

SLIS Assistant Professor Lala Hajibayova, Ph.D., presented “Participatory knowledge representation and organization systems” at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) SIG/CR Workshop, Conceptual Crowbars and Classification at the Crossroads: The Impact and Future of Classification Research, in St. Louis, Mo., in November 2015.

JMC Associate Professor Karl Idsvoog was quoted in the Cincinnati Enquirer as an expert on public records and journalism in the article "Auditor: Parks leader wrong on records."

COMM Associate Professor Erin Hollenbaugh, Ph.D., of Kent State at Stark, and COMM alumna Amber Ferris, Ph.D., were quoted in articles in Latinos Post, Medical Daily, Science Daily and Phys.org for their research about Facebook dependency. The research was presented at the National Communication Association conference in November 2015.

COMM Associate Professor Erin Hollenbaugh, Ph.D., and JMC Associate Professor Mitch McKenney, both of Kent State at Stark, were quoted in a Massillon Independent article titled "What had you talking in 2015: Social media fuels stories."

December 2015

An article co-authored by SLIS Associate Professor Meghan Harper, Ph.D., and Liz Deskins, a library media specialist with the Hilliard City Schools in Columbus, titled “Using action research to assess and advocate for innovative school library design,” has been published in the November/December 2015 issue of Knowledge Quest: Journal of the American Association of School Librarians.

SLIS Assistant Professor Lala Hajibayova, Ph.D., has been named secretary/treasurer of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) Special Interest Group on Classification Research (SIG/CR).

Meghan Cisar of Kent State’s Department of Student Success and VCD Associate Lecturer Joan Inderhees will co-present at the 35th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience (FYE) on Feb. 20-23, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. Their presentation titled “Thinking Globally; Acting Locally: Interpreting and Customizing University-wide FYE Goals” was selected from 472 proposal submissions. They will discuss the ways the Kent State FYE structure has made adaptation for specific student populations a priority, using College of Communication and Information success stories.

November 2015

JMC Advisor Samantha Antoine has been promoted to Academic Advisor II (from Academic Advisor I) in the College of Communication and Information.

Erin Hollenbaugh, Ph.D., and fellow Communication Studies alumni Amber Ferris, Ph.D., and Adam Earnheardt, Ph.D., were quoted in an Oct. 31 Youngstown Vindicator article titled “#TMI, honesty and Facebook relationships.” The article is based on Hollenbaugh's and Ferris’ article, “Predictors of honesty, intent, and valence of Facebook self-disclosure.” 

SLIS Assistant Professor Lala Hajibayova, Ph.D., co-presented (with W. Buente) “Social media kaleidoscope” at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR): Internet Research 16.0: Digital Imaginaries, in Phoenix, Ariz., in October 2015.

An article by SLIS Assistant Professor Rebecca Meehan, Ph.D., titled “Electronic Health Records in Long-Term Care: Staff Perspectives,” was published on PubMed.gov, on Oct. 12. Her study utilized one-on-one interviews of direct care nurses in a Midwest United States long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) setting to describe patterns of use and areas to improve. 

An article by SLIS Associate Professor Meghan Harper, Ph.D., was published in Ohio Educational Library Media Association’s (OELMA) Spectrum, where she writes about how to evaluate the collaborative efforts of school librarians and teachers.

SLIS Assistant Professor Leisa Gibbons, Ph.D., has received the merit-based Australian Council of Professors and Heads of School in Information  Systems (ACPHIS) Ph.D. Medal for her doctoral thesis titled “Culture in the continuum – You Tube, Small stories and Memory making.”

SLIS Assistant Professor Marianne Martens, Ph.D., presented a talk (in Spanish) at the International Board on Books for Young People: Congreso Internacional de Lectura conference in Havana, Cuba, on Oct. 29. Her presentation was titled "Conocer las fuerzas y aprovecharlas: Literatura internacional para niños e intercambio cultural subversivo" ("Knowing the forces and harnessing them: International children’s literature and subversive cultural exchange").

COMM Assistant Professor Michael Beam, Ph.D., recently published research linking U.S. political polarization with TV news deregulation. Beam conducted the study with Jay Hmielowski and Myiah Hutchen of Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

SLIS Assistant Professor Marianne Martens, Ph.D., was quoted in the Akron Beacon Journal about her experience in children's publishing as it related to R.L. Stine's Goosebumps. Read more.

JMC Associate Professor Stefanie Moore was quoted in a Huffington Post blog entitled "Networking Dos and Don'ts: A Horror Story." Read more.

COMM doctoral student Java Murniadi's health communication thesis regarding the risks associated with male viewership of pornography was featured on Fox 8 News. View the story.

JMC student Dante Gramuglia, a senior electronic media production major, was recently featured in the Geauga County Maple Leaf for his love of competitive fishing. Gramuglia is vice president of Kent State's Bass Fishing Club, and he competes on a national level. Read more.

JMC alumna Bethany Early, PRKent '07, a was named to the PR News 2015 list of “Rising PR Stars 30 & Under.” She and other winners will be honored at an event in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 9.

SLIS alumna Sarah Thornbery, M.L.I.S. ’14, has received the 2015 outstanding school librarian award from the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA). The OELMA/Follett School Solutions Award recognizes a licensed Ohio school librarian who develops an exemplary school library program, collaborates with classroom teachers, implements technology-integrated instruction, and advocates for school libraries. Thornbery, a teacher-librarian at Springboro Junior High School in Springboro, Ohio, received the Walter Brahm & John Rebenack Ohio Library Foundation Annual Scholarship from SLIS in 2014.

SLIS alumnus Christopher Busta-Peck, M.L.I.S. ’05, Cleveland, is the curator for the “Early Visions of Ohio 1765-1865” exhibit at the Decorative Arts Center in Lancaster. The exhibit includes maps, pictures, paintings and objects, such as a decorated snuff box depicting the Battle of Lake Erie and a woven coverlet featuring pictures of the Centerville mill. Busta-Peck has also compiled a database of Ohio art through 1865 on Flickr. Busta-Peck works as a librarian in the Cleveland Public Library system.

SLIS alumnus Eric Wilson, M.L.I.S. ’15, was selected as the new Children’s Librarian for the Hampton Public Library system in Hampton, Va.

JMC alumna Lydia Coutre, '13, recently joined the Crain's Cleveland Business staff as a healthcare and nonprofit reporter. Read more.

Candace Perkins Bowen, JMC associate professor and director of the Center for Scholastic Journalism, was quoted in the recently published book, Newsworthy: Cultivating Critical Thinkers, Readers, and Writers in Language Arts Classes, by Ed Madison. Statements from her Education Shift blog post, "Journalism May Be Common Core’s New English” and statistics from a Journalism and Mass Communication Educator article co-authored with Jack Dvorak and Changhee Choi were both included.

JMC Associate Professor Karl Idsvoog led a session for a group of visiting journalists from Tajikistan for the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. Idsvoog also conducted multimedia training for the Cambodian Service at Radio Free Asia to prepare journalists for a new daily TV newscast via satellite.

COMM Associate Lecturer Lisa Waite presented three times at the National Communication Association convention in Las Vegas last week. Her presentations included: "Boss from Heaven, Boss from Hell: Innovative Training and Development;" "Top Panel: Training and Development: Embracing Opportunities for Enhancing the Training and Development Course;" and "Pre-Conference Course: From Communication Expert to Training and Development Professional: Applying Your Talents for New Audiences and New Impacts."

An article co-authored by SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph. D., and Shu-jiun Chen, “Alignment of Conceptual Structures in Controlled Vocabularies in the Domain of Chinese Art: A Discussion of Issues and Patterns,” was published in the International Journal on Digital Libraries, September 2015.

SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph. D., and SLIS alumna Maja Zumer, M.L.S '93, gave an invited presentation titled “Application of FRBR and FRSAD to Classification Systems” at the 5th International UDC Seminar: Classification & Authority Control: Expanding Resource Discovery in Lisbon, Portugal, on Oct. 29 and 30, 2015.

SLIS Assistant Professor Emad Khazraee, Ph.D., presented “Mapping Digital Divide: Spatial Analysis of Information Access and Socio-Demographic Variables in the City of Philadelphia” at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative in Cleveland on Nov. 13. He also presented his paper titled “Evolution of Digital Repertoires of Action in Iran” at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) in Washington D.C., on Oct. 31. He attended and delivered the closing keynote speech at the ASIS&T Special Interest Group (SIG) Social Informatics (SI) 11th annual meeting Social Informatics Research Symposium: The Impacts of Social Informatics Research in St. Louis on Nov. 7.

SLIS Assistant Professor Emad Khazraee, Ph.D., was appointed the Secretary for ASIS&T Special Interest Group (SIG) Social Informatics (SI) for the second year and represented SIG SI in the ASIS&T SIG cabinet this year. He presented a lecture titled “Mapping Digital Divide: Spatial Analysis of Information Access and Socio-Demographic Variables in the City of Philadelphia” at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative in Cleveland, Ohio, on Nov. 12. Also, he gave a presentation titled “Epistemic Objects and Embeddedness: Knowledge Construction in Research Networks of Practice” at the Northern Ohio Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (NORASIST) on Nov. 19 at Kent State SLIS.

October 2015

Mei-Chen Lin, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Communication Studies, will be awarded the University Teaching Council’s Faculty Recognition Award.

Jeffrey T. Child, interim director of the School of Communication Studies, along with graduate students and alumni Angela Duck, Laura Andrews and Maria Butauski and Sandra Petronio of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, published "Young adults' management of privacy and Facebook with multiple generations of family members" in the Journal of Family Communication. It can be found here.

SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., was invited by Jane Greenberg, Director of the Metadata Research Center (MRC) of College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University, for a visit and scholarly exchange at the MRC on May 18, 2015.

Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., and Associate Professor Karen F. Gracy, Ph.D., were invited by the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) to present a webinar on “Introducing Cultural Heritage Informatics into the Curriculum of LIS Education” in April 2015. The 44 individuals who participated in the live presentation represented 14 countries (Canada, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Netherlands, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States). ASIS&T members can continue to view the recorded webinar on the association’s website.

An article by VCD Assistant Professor Jessica Barness was published by Message Research Group at Plymouth University, UK. "Letters are Media, Words are Collage: Writing Images through A (Dis)Connected Twenty-Six” is featured in Message Journal, edition 2.

 

An article by SLIS Assistant Professor Marianne Martens, Ph.D., “Gaming the Reading Experience: Book-related Social Spaces for Young Children,” was published in the special issue of Digital Youth 2(4), p. 29-40, in September 2015. The idea for this peer-reviewed, special issue on Digital Youth came out of the Digital Youth Research Network, which has held pre-conference workshops at the iConference over the last three years. This publication was organized by professors at the Royal Library School in Copenhagen, Denmark.

SLIS Assistant Professor Marianne Martens, Ph.D., has been appointed as chair of the 2016 Notable Children’s Recordings Committee by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). ALSC is the world’s largest association dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children.

SLIS Assistant Professor Rebecca Meehan, Ph.D., co-authored a conference presentation with Hiram College’s Robin Shura, Ph.D., titled “Residents’ Perspectives on Living with Vision Impairment in Long Term Care” at the roundtable discussion at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Chicago in August 2015.

SLIS Assistant Professor Belinda Boon, Ph.D., and alumna Shelley Blundell, M.L.I.S., ’09, Ph.D., ’15, North Canton, Ohio, will each be awarded a 2015 University Teaching Council’s Faculty Recognition Award.

SLIS alumnus Michael Blackwell, M.L.S., ‘94, has been named library director of the St. Mary’s County Library in Leonardtown, Md.

SLIS alumnus Alfred Bernardo, M.L.I.S. ’15, has accepted a position as the user services librarian at the Allen Memorial Library at Valley City State University in Valley City, N.D.

SLIS user experience design (UXD) student Tasha Markovich was on the third place team at the Cleveland Medical Hackathon in September 2015. Markovich was a design thinker and developer on their Watershed Health Project, which examined the Cuyahoga County Board of Health paper-based process of monitoring water quality to prevent the transmission of waterborne diseases.

SLIS alumnus Evan Struble, M.L.I.S., ’04, Syracuse, Ohio, won the Diana Vescelius Memorial Award from the Ohio Library Council, which recognizes Ohio’s library leaders of tomorrow who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the profession. He currently is a library consultant in Library Programs and Development at the State Library of Ohio.

SLIS alumnus Christopher Busta-Peck, M.L.I.S., ’05, Cleveland, Ohio, is the curator for the “Early Visions of Ohio 1765-1865” exhibit at the Decorative Arts Center in Lancaster. The exhibit includes maps, pictures, paintings and objects, such as a decorated snuff box depicting the Battle of Lake Erie and a woven coverlet featuring pictures of the Centerville mill. Busta-Peck has also compiled a database of Ohio art through 1865 on Flickr. Busta-Peck works as a librarian in the Cleveland Public Library system.

SLIS alumnus Eric Wilson, M.L.I.S., ’15, was selected as the new Children’s Librarian for the Hampton Public Library system in Hampton, Va.

SLIS alumna Sarah Thornbery, M.L.I.S., ’14, has received the 2015 outstanding school librarian award from the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA). The OELMA/Follett School Solutions Award recognizes a licensed Ohio school librarian who develops an exemplary school library program, collaborates with classroom teachers, implements technology-integrated instruction, and advocates for school libraries. Thornbery, a teacher-librarian at Springboro Junior High School in Springboro, Ohio, received the Walter Brahm & John Rebenack Ohio Library Foundation Annual Scholarship from SLIS in 2014.

CCI Dean Amy Reynolds, Ph.D., was congratulated on her appointment as CCI dean in the August 2015 issue of The Columnist, a newsletter written by, for and about columnists. Also, she serves on the board of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation.

SLIS Assistant Professor Marianne Martens, Ph.D., led a panel titled “Publishing International Books in the United States: A Wonderland of Opportunity” on Oct. 17, 2015, at the International Board of Books for Young People in New York City. Presenters included Martens; Heather Lennon, Managing Director, NorthSouth Books USA; Lisbeth Zwerger, illustrator, Austria; Rashin Kheiriyeh, illustrator, Iran.

SLIS Assistant Professor Emad Khazraee, Ph.D., taught a session titled “Introduction to Basic Social Media and Social Network Analysis” at the “Internet Policy in the MENA Region: Research Methods for Advocates” workshop for journalists, researchers and activists on Sept. 3, 2015, in Istanbul, Turkey. Hosted by Kadir Has University in Istanbul, the workshop was organized by the Internet Policy Observatory project at the Center for Global Communication Studies at Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

SLIS alumna Samantha Enters, M.L.I.S. ’15, has accepted a position as a reference librarian at Noel Wien Public Library in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she completed her internship.

Jihyun Kim, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of Communication Studies recently published a research study titled, "Teacher-student relationship in online classes: A role of teacher self-disclosure" in Computers in Human Behavior, 54, (2016), pp. 436-443.

Joelle Cruz, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Communication Studies, will be awarded the University Teaching Council’s Faculty Recognition Award. 

Communication studies alumna Erin Clemons, ’08, has been named the president and CEO of the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty. Clemons served as the Community Foundation’s vice president of Development and Donor Relations since October 2014. She worked previously as a staff member and field representative in Congressman John Boehner’s office from 2007 to 2014.

Olof Thòrdardòttir, ’11, communication studies alumna, is now an academic advisor for Kent State University's Honors College. Thòrdardòttir previously worked as the academic advisor for Kent State's College of Public Health.

September 2015

SLIS alumna Margaret Maurer, M.L.S. ’86, has retired after serving as an associate professor, head, metadata and catalog for University Libraries for 15 years. She also taught the Technical Services class as a SLIS adjunct instructor.

SLIS alumna Rebecca Sims, M.L.S. ‘82, Papillion, Neb., has joined Sump Memorial Library as its new director.

SLIS alumna and former part-time instructor Nieca Nowels, M.L.S. ’98, Marysville, Ohio, has accepted a position as director of the Marysville Public Library.

SLIS alumna Mary Jane Santos, M.L.S. ’92, of Delaware, Ohio, will retire on Sept. 30 from her position as director of the Delaware County District Library, where she began working as a volunteer in the late 1970s.

SLIS Assistant Professor Kiersten Latham, Ph.D., gave a presentation, “Shannon Goes to the Museum: Drawing Lines Across Boundaries,” in Sydney, Australia, at DOCAM on July, 21, 2015.
The College of Communication and Information was well represented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference last month. Participating faculty from the Schools of Communication Studies and Journalism and Mass Communication:
Michael Beam, Ph.D.
John Bowen
Michele Ewing
Mark Goodman
Gary Hanson
Susan Kirkman Zake
Jan Leach
Mitch McKenney
Candace Perkins Bowen
Chance York, Ph.D.
Danielle Sarver Coombs, Ph.D.
Mark Goodman
Susan Kirkman Zake
Frederico Subervi, Ph.D.

SLIS Assistant Professor Marianne Martens, Ph.D., gave a presentation titled “Vitello Has a Knife: Examining Social Constructions on Childhood and Ensuing Cultural Creations in Denmark and the United States” at the International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL) Conference in Worcester, UK, in August 2015.

SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., gave a presentation titled “Libraries in the Semantic Web” at the Australia National University Library to the invited librarians of the academic and government libraries and professional associations in the Canberra area on June 24, 2015.

An article by SLIS Assistant Professor Lala Hajibayova, Ph.D. (co-authored with E.K. Jacob), titled “Factors Influencing user-generated vocabularies: How basic are basic level terms?” has been published in Knowledge Organization, 42(2), 102-112.

SLIS Assistant Professor Lala Hajibayova, Ph.D., presented a paper titled "Basic-level concepts and the assessment of subject relevance: Are they really relevant?" at the Fifth North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization (NASKO 2015), in Los Angeles, June 2015.

The Kent Stater is a finalist for the 2015 Newspaper Pacemaker from the Associated Collegiate Press in the four-year, non-daily newspaper category. Winners will be announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Austin in late October. See details and other finalists online.

Eight alumni from the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science were selected to participate in ILEAD-OHIO 2015: Elizabeth Allen, M.L.I.S. '14, Bexley Public Library; Kristin Anderson, M.L.I.S. '05, Columbus Metropolitan Library; Cindy Boyden, M.L.I.S. '13, State Library of Ohio; Jillian Carney, M.L.I.S. '09, Ohio History Connection; Emily Glenn, M.L.I.S. '06, Association of College & University Housing Officers; Shannon Kupfer, M.L.I.S. '07, State Library of Ohio; Tamara Murray, M.L.I.S. '05, Westerville Public Library; and Gabriel Venditti, M.L.I.S. '10, Lorain County Community College-Bass Library. Read more.

An article by Alesha Arp, M.S. ’14, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., and Scott Ryan-Hart, M.S. ’15, Columbus, Ohio, titled “Perception and Regionalism Influence User Satisfaction” was published in the online magazine UXMatters. The article is based on Arp and Ryan-Hart’s final project for their UX master’s program. Read more about the project.

SLIS alumnus Ken Burhanna, M.L.S. ’94, Kent, Ohio, has been named the 2015-16 Provost’s Fellow by the Kent State University Office of the Provost. The Provost's fellowship provides faculty members who have an interest in academic administration the chance to develop knowledge, skills, and experience as an administrator. Burhanna joined Kent State University in 2004 as a First Year Experience Librarian and assistant professor in University Libraries. He was promoted to associate professor in 2010. He has been recognized for his leadership and scholarship at the national level, most recently receiving the 2014 Librarian Recognition Award from the American Library Association for his work with information literacy instruction and outreach. 

Communication Studies interim director Jeffrey T. Child recently published a research study along with doctoral student Shawn Starcher. The study, "Fuzzy Facebook privacy boundaries: Exploring mediated lurking, vague-booking, and Facebook privacy management" appears in Computers in Human Behavior, 54, (2016) p. 483-490.

Jessica Barness and Aoife Mooney, assistant professors in the School of Visual Communication Design, presented their co-authored research paper titled “Jawdropper: A New, Old, Borrowed Typography” at the 2015 Design History Society Annual Conference hosted at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Learn more about the Design History Society.

Assistant Professor Rebecca Meehan is co-author (with S. Grogan-Johnson, K. McCormick and N. Miller) of an article titled “Results of a National Survey of Pre-Service Telepractice Training in Graduate Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Programs,” which was published in Contemporary Issues in Communication Science and Disorders, Volume 42, pp. 122-137.  Meehan collaborated on this research project as a co-investigator with the Kent State University Speech Pathology and Audiology program in the School of Health Sciences.

Assistant Professor Paul Sherman delivered a workshop on “Embedding UX into Ideation, Design, Development and Release” and a presentation titled “Decision Insurance: Iterative Prototyping to Reduce Business Risk” at UX Strategies Summit in San Francisco in June.

SLIS Assistant Professor Marianne Martens’ class on Art and Story: The Study of Children’s Picturebooks hosted a presentation by VCD Assistant Professor Doug Goldsmith during a face-to-face class meeting on Saturday, April 11. Goldsmith presented “Visual Communication and Illustration” and provided visual samples of characters from various children’s books as well as illustrated pages and spreads from children’s books, allowing him to elaborate on how character development, composition, color, space, and several other essential design elements were used to establish mood, meaning and engaging the eye.

SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., was invited to give a presentation at the metadata session of the Council of Science Editors (CSE) 2015 Annual Meeting held in Philadelphia, May 15-18, 2015. The session, titled “Dealing with Metadata: Content, Distribution, and Availability,” was moderated by Michael Friedman, American Meteorological Society. Other speakers on the panel were Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, National Information Standards Organization (NISO); Marjorie Hlava, President, Access Innovations, Inc.; Matt Stratton, Technical Lead, IT Operations, AIP Publishing.

SLIS Assistant Professor Belinda Boon, Ph.D., has been named to a one-year term on Kent State’s Center for College Teaching and Learning Advisory Board, which plays a critical role in advising and guiding the Center’s practices and programs.

SLIS Associate Professor Karen Gracy, Ph.D., and SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., served as delegates at the Linked Open Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums (LODLAM) Summit from June 29-30, 2015, in Sydney, Australia.

SLIS Associate Professor Karen Gracy, Ph.D., and SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng Ph.D., presented a research poster titled “Creating Linked Data within Archival Description: Tools for Extracting, Validating, and Encoding Access Points for Finding Aids,” at DH 2015, International Conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) Sydney, Australia, in July 2015.

SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., gave lectures titled “Digital humanities – what is happening,” “Introducing the International Image Interoperability Framework,” and “Linked Data and Open Data, a hands-on experience,” at the 12th Advanced Digital Library Seminar & Lib 2.15 Forum on July 6-8, 2015, in Xiamen, China.

August 2015

An article by Alesha Arp, M.S. ’14, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., and Scott Ryan-Hart, M.S. ’15, Columbus, Ohio, titled “Perception and Regionalism Influence User Satisfaction” was published in the online magazine UXMatters. The article is based on Arp and Ryan-Hart’s final project for their UX master’s program.

Congratulations to SLIS alumnus Ken Burhanna, who was selected to serve in Kent State's Office of the Provost as a Provost's Fellow. The Provost's fellowship provides faculty members who have an interest in academic administration the chance to develop knowledge, skills and experience as an administrator; to increase the understanding of the faculty about practices and procedures in academic administration; to extend and strengthen the administrative resources of the university; and more.

School of Communication Studies Assistant Professor Joelle Cruz, Ph.D., published “‘Dirty work’ at the intersections of gender, class, and nation: Liberian market women” in Women’s Studies in Communication and “Reimagining feminist organizing in global times: Lessons from African feminist communication” in Women & Language.

July 2015

Three faculty members in the School of Communication Studies were recently published in Mass Communication & Society, which features articles from a wide variety of perspectives and approaches that advance mass communication theory, especially at the societal or macrosocial level. COMM Assistant Professor Michael Beam, Ph.D., co-authored the article “Rush, Rachel, and Rx: Modeling Partisan Media’s Influence on Structural Knowledge of Healthcare Policy” in issue 2. COMM Assistant Professor J.D. Ponder, Ph.D., and COMM Director and Professor Paul Haridakis, Ph.D., wrote “Selectively Social Politics: The Differing Roles of Media Use on Political Discussion" in issue 3.

Women & Language, a research periodical focusing on women and communication, recently accepted a manuscript by COMM Assistant Professor Joelle M. Cruz, Ph.D., for publication. The manuscript is titled "Reimagining feminist organizing in global times: lessons from African feminist communication.”

VCD Assistant Professor Jessica Barness presented her research in April at the Textual Machines Symposium at the University of Georgia (Athens, GA). Her presentation was titled "The Letters to X Project."

CCI doctoral student Sonali Kudva has been chosen as one of the recipients for the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) scholarships. This is the first time a student from Kent State has won.