Davis Houck Named Fannie Lou Hamer Endowed Professor

The College of Communication & Information recently established the Fannie Lou Hamer Endowed Professorship and Fannie Lou Hamer Scholarship. Through the generosity of a donor, the $150,000 professorship will go towards providing additional support for the research or teaching of a chosen professor who studies Rhetorical Theory and Criticism with particular research emphasis on the Black Freedom Movement.  An additional $5,000 will go[…] »

Houck’s Emmett Till Memory App Awarded Heritage Award for Education

School of Communication Professor Davis Houck is a lifelong civil rights activist and scholar. Last year, Houck created the Emmett Till Memory App with a team and doctoral student Pablo Correa. The idea came to fruition in August 2014 between Houck and two good friends and colleagues: Dave Tell from the University of Kansas and[…] »

Dr. Jay Rayburn Balances Being A Professor, Director of Communications Research Center, and Contractor

Dr. Jay Rayburn, Associate Professor in CCI’s School of Communication and Director of the Communications Research Center, also works consistently on contract work for various agencies and organizations. Recently, Rayburn landed a new contract with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a result of their relationship cultivated over the past 30 years. “I used[…] »

Houck’s Emmett Till Research Featured in “The Argus”

The research of Davis Houck on Emmett Till was recently featured in The Argus, the oldest continuous black-owned business in St. Louis, Missouri. The Argus covered the kidnap, murder and trial of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955. However, all of the copies of The Argus that were published in September and October of 1955 were missing on microfilm. The[…] »

Dr. Russell Clayton’s Research Cited in FDA Notice

Research done by School of Communication faculty member Dr. Russell Clayton is part of the inspiration behind an upcoming FDA study on the effectiveness of animation in how consumers perceive benefits and risks in drug ads. The FDA will specifically look at responses to the ad, brand and product for psoriasis and chronic dry eye medications. Russell’s 2015[…] »

Doctoral Candidate Mariam Shaikh Earns First Place for Emergency Communication Research

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  FSU doctoral candidate Mariam Shaikh was inspired by violent events in her home country of Pakistan to conduct her research. Shaikh realized that advanced media techniques could help at-risk communities develop resilience and facilitate response during violent acts, but that these communities too often lack the proper resources. Her research emphasizes the unique ways in which communication needs are fulfilled[…] »

New CCI Faculty Dr. Russell Clayton Launches Cognition and Emotion Lab

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Russell Clayton began his journey conducting research as an undergraduate research assistant at Texas State University in the Department of Psychology where he aided in conducting neurophysiology research. This experience propelled his interests in studying cognition and emotion and eventually led him to earn his doctorate from the Missouri School of Journalism, where he focused[…] »