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9 Dec

West Virginia has the highest adult obesity rate in the nation at 35.1 percent —nearly triple that of the state’s rate 20 years ago. And while increases in childhood obesity rates in the Mountain State have begun to slow, medical professionals are warning that disparities persist and severe obesity may be on the rise.

Experts in health campaigns and communications at West Virginia University said to reverse the negative health trends across the country, the conversation is going to have to tap into people’s desire to know “what’s in it for me?”

“There’s only so many times you can say to people ‘there’s a big obesity and diabetes problem in this country. People know,” said Keith Weber, professor of communication studies and coordinator for the master’s in theory and research program.

“We can’t just ask people to make decisions because it’s good for them. Advertisers have figured that out a long time ago. Look at the way we sell LED light bulbs. We don’t sell them on ‘It’s good for the environment.’ We sell them on ‘they’ll last longer,’ ‘they’ll save you money,’ ‘they won’t use as much energy.’ ‘Do it because you’ll get something out of it’ is what I think motivates people.”

Second-year doctoral student Hannah Ball alongside Weber to research evidence-based social influence messages that promote prosocial health behaviors.

She has worked on projects related to organ donor consent, testicular cancer awareness, and obesity/diabetes prevention and management.

The public’s awareness of West Virginia’s obesity statistics and efforts to combat the disease still hinges on some of the most at-risk populations being able to access the information.

“The people with access to (the) information and resources are the people who are more likely to know about it and seek more information,” Ball said.

“How do we reach those people affected by the huge gap in knowledge and resources? Usually those are the people who need the most help.”

According to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, a report released last month by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Foundation:

• Obesity rates remain higher among Black and Latino communities than among Whites
• Adult obesity rates for Blacks in West Virginia were 36.5 percent
• Rates of adult obesity among Latinos in West Virginia were 32.1 percent
• Among Whotes, adult obesity rates were 33.8 percent in West Virginia
• Baby Boomers (45-to 64-year-olds)* have the highest obesity rates of any age group – and 38.7 percent of Baby Boomers in West Virginia are obese.

Some strong resources, Weber said, are already in place. For instance, Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia, houses the WVU Hospitals’ Diabetes Education Center, which provides programs in
diabetes self-management, utilizing dietary counseling, exercise
protocols, and other state-of-the-art techniques.

“It’s not ‘if you build it they will come,’” Weber said. “You’ve got to get (people) there.”

For more information contact Keith Weber at (304) 293-3905 or Keith.Weber@mail.wvu.edu.

12 Nov

Nick Bowman, assistant professor in the WVU Department of Communication Studies sat down with WDTV to speak about cell phone service providers.

Full story: http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=view&section=5-News&item=With-Public-Wi-Fi-Experts-Say-Americans-Could-Ditch-Cell-Phone-Providers-19393

Elizabeth Cohen, assistant professor of communication studies also sat down with WDTV to discuss net neutrality.

Full story: http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=view&section=5-News&item=Net-Neutrality-A-Utility-No-Different-Than-Running-Water-19394

27 Oct

If you have older kids who want to trick-or-treat by themselves, it’s not always easy to find out where exactly they are at all times, but a new app, available for downloads on smartphones is allowing parents and their kids to check-in and find out where each other are located. A new app called “Trick or Tracker” allows parents and their children to locate each other, and send their locations to each other, not only during trick-or-treat, but year round, giving kids a little more freedom, but keeping mom and dad in the know of their location.

http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=view&item=Smartphone-App-Allows-Parents-to-Track-Their-Kids-While-Trick-or-Treating-19001&section=5-News

17 Oct

Knowing our family and friends are safe after any type of disaster is something we all care about, and now, Facebook is making it even easier for people to notify family and friends of their safety. Natural disasters don’t often happen in our area, but when they do, safety is our number one priority.

“It seems like this app wouldn’t even be able to function if people have their location settings turned off. In other words, if you don’t give Facebook access to your location, the app probably cant work. it’s not really for the people who are in the disaster, its for the people who are worrying about the people who could be in the disaster. It’s just a neat little feature to give people that extra sense of security,” said Elizabeth Cohen, Communication Studies professor at West Virginia University.

http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=view&item=New-Facebook-Feature-is-all-About-Safety-18832&section=5-News

15 Oct

People who use Snapchat send pictures to their friends and family, and they last only for a couple seconds. However, after over 100,000 of these pictures were released over the weekend, more questions are being raised about the app’s security. Selfies are sent via Snapchat by thousands of users every day. One person takes a photo, determines how long they want their friend to view it, and send it out. Once it’s viewed, it disappears.

http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=view&item=Snapchat-Hack-Raises-Questions-About-Privacy-18791

12 Sep

The 4th Annual Communication Studies Reunion and Speed Networking Event will be held the Friday of the West Virginia University homecoming weekend – Oct. 3rd, 2014.

Both events will be held at one of High Street’s newest establishments, Jameson’s Pub and Eatery. Communication Studies students, faculty, and alumni are invited to attend this annual celebration.

The Speed Networking Event will kick-off at 3:00 p.m. Students will meet in small groups with Communication Studies graduates to hear about the various career options available to Communication Studies majors.

Each session will last 5-8 minutes and each student will be able to visit with up to eight different alumni. This will enable students to speak to many different graduates with different professional backgrounds in a short period of time.

“The Speed Networking Event is a comfortable environment where you can put your communication skills to use and make valuable connections for your future. Don’t miss out!” said Loryn Spady, a current Communication Studies major who attended the event last year.

At 5:00 p.m., all Communication Studies alumni and faculty are invited for our Communication Studies Reunion to catch up and enjoy the Homecoming Parade on High Street with free food and drink specials.

To RSVP to the reunion, please visit https://forms.as.wvu.edu/comm/view.php?id=11.

For more information, contact Andrea Weber at 304-293-3905 or acweber@mail.wvu.edu

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11 Apr

Morgantown, W.Va.- Figuring out what ails you and how to cope can be a daunting task. But the road to good mental, emotional and physical health is available to those who are informed.

Maria Brann, associate professor in the department of communication studies, and her Health Communication Dissemination class focus on arming the public with the tools they need to make those informed decisions about their health.

On Tuesday, April 15, the class will host its first health communication fair from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Mountainlair on the Downtown Campus. Students, faculty and staff will be able to learn about leading healthier lifestyles through guided activities and displays.

“This health fair is completely student generated,” said Brann. “Undergraduate and graduate students have worked together to really address the needs of the community.”

Comm 509: Health Communication Dissemination is a dual-level course that focuses on health messaging. During the semester, students conduct health communication research, develop interventions and present their outcomes to community groups, schools, and at conferences and workshops.

“The materials are all original, and all messages have been tested with target audience members and adapted based on their feedback,” Brann added.

Among the interactive displays at the fair will be a booth with medical models allowing participants to feel for breast and testicular cancer lumps so that they’ll better understand self-examinations. There also will be quick, stress reducing techniques and time-management aids available to help with hectic, end-of-the-semester schedules.

“It has been a great learning experience for the students in class, and now the entire campus community will get to benefit from their hard work.”

For more information on the fair please contact Maria Brann at maria.brann@mail.wvu.edu.

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13 Jan
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West Virginia University students will have the opportunity to learn about C-SPAN’s programs, resources and internship opportunities on Tuesday, January 14 when they step aboard the C-SPAN Bus during a stop on its spring tour of universities in the Big 12 Conference.

Several students also will be featured on C-SPAN on Tuesday morning, where they will participate in C-SPAN’s flagship morning program, Washington Journal, via the mobile studio on the bus.

The students, a number of whom are international studies and political science majors, will ask questions to a public affairs guest in Washington.
The Bus, now in its 21st year on the road, will be at West Virginia University and other locations helping to inform communities about the public affairs network’s ongoing First Ladies feature series. It is visiting cities, schools and universities across the country, promoting C-SPAN’s educational and political resources for students, teachers and community members along the way.

EVENTS (press invited):
8:30am-9:15 AM West Virginia University
1550 University Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26506
Bus parked on Maiden Lane between the Mountainlair & Stalnaker Hall

10:30-12:30 AM Bus will then be open for tours to students and visitors

This winter, the Bus tour will coincide with the finale of the series First Ladies: Influence & Image, which airs every Monday night at 9 p.m. ET on C-SPAN. For more information on the series, visit c-span.org/firstladies.

Aboard the C-SPAN Bus, visitors can learn about First Ladies and the networks’ other programming and resources through interactive technology:
• In-depth public affairs coverage and educational outreach
• Touch-screen quizzes on C-SPAN and the three branches of government
• Social media networking including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, YouTube, Tout, XM Radio and mobile apps
• HD cameras and production equipment demonstrating C-SPAN’s capability to produce public affairs programming aboard the Bus

C-SPAN also provides a unique way to experience public affairs through its Video Library and Congressional Chronicle, in which more than 200,000 hours of political and governmental footage have been archived since 1987.
As of March 2014, C-SPAN will have aired 35 years of complete coverage of the House of Representatives.
The Bus visits and events in Morgantown are in partnership with West Virginia University and Comcast.

For more information
C-SPAN contact: Doug Hemmig-202-309-3359
Comcast contact: Robert Grove -412-595-8392

12 Dec

Prospective December Graduates:

Please join the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences for its graduation reception on December 20 at the Grand Hall of the Museum Education Center on the Evansdale campus. The Museum Education Center is located behind the Creative Arts Center. Several parking lots are available across the street and up from the Center.

Eberly College Graduation Reception
December 20, 2013
1:00 – 2:15 PM
Museum Education Center – Grand Hall
Evansdale Campus

If you plan to attend this reception, please RSVP by Monday, Dec 16, to Brenda.Riggle@mail.wvu.edu.

5 Nov

The 16-day government shutdown in October left hundreds of thousands of federal workers furloughed without pay for more than two weeks, cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars and canceled military training missions.

It also brought to the forefront a whole host of questions about how the country ended up in a political stand-off that rippled across so many facets of the United States’ infrastructure.

Who was responsible? Were there any warning signs from the 2012 election? Can’t we all just get along?

“The country elected different parties, with starkly different priorities, to lead the various branches of government in a system of shared powers,” said Scott Crichlow, chair of the political science department at WVU.

“The new Republicans aren’t merely further to the right than the Republicans of the 1990s —they are further to the right than the Republicans in the 2011-2012 Congress.”

Crichlow was part of a panel discussion last November of professors from public administration, communication studies and political science that presented “Beyond Red and Blue: A Closer Look at the 2012 Elections” as part of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Eberly Ideas Discussion Series.

During the presentation, the faculty members shared their expertise on different aspects of the election including how the election changed national politics, post-election economic problems, and how social media was used during the election cycle.

The segmentation of news and the 24-hour news cycle, panelists said, have fed into the sense that the political landscape is at its most polarized.

“The people who feel more passionate about their candidate or identify more strongly with their party are more likely to do a number of politically motivated things,” said Elizabeth Cohen, assistant professor of communication studies.

“But disproportionate partisan political participation on social network sites could affect people’s perceptions of the political climate. If people who hold more extreme beliefs create, post and share more political content online, it may give the inaccurate impression to people that politics are more polarized than they actually are. The truth is, the middle-of-the-road voices just aren’t as visible on social media.”

Cohen, who specializes in new media and health and risk communication, says that social media is helping to grow stories.

“I do believe that social media often amplifies news stories, spreading them wider, making them more visible and more memorable. I think the news seems like a bigger part of our life when it’s showing up on the social network feed that we might check every few hours.”

Crichlow, who teaches and conducts research on U.S. foreign policy, political psychology and international relations, says that the 2012 election helped open the door for the shutdown.

“It really looks like what we are seeing is no longer a fight between Republicans and Democrats but a contest between different strands of the Republican Party,” he said.

“It will be interesting to see if establishment Republican donors continue to fund both pro- and anti-shutdown Republicans, and, generally, how deeply the two sides of the party go after one another.”

Crichlow and Cohen are both available for interview. To schedule an interview, please contact Devon Copeland, interim director of communication and marketing, at (304)293-6867 or Devon.Copeland@mail.wvu.edu.

GM 10/23/13

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