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Research group kicks off the 2009-2010 academic year

The Science and Health Communication Research Group held their first meeting of the 2009-2010 academic year on September 11. Highlights from the meeting include the following:

  • Work Groups. The group unanimously decided to form specialized work groups to reflect members' expertise in distinct areas. By forming smaller groups, we hope to facilitate project start up and ensure ongoing collaborative research. Please be thinking of research areas that reflect the group's varied interests. These work groups will be discussed in more detail at the next meeting.
  • Conference. The Science and Health Communication Research Group has been invited to co-host the University of South Carolina's annual Convergence Conference that will be held in Columbia, SC in October 2010. Co-sponsoring this event will bring a science and health communication dimension to a conference that typically focuses on new media. This is a great opportunity to promote our research group, within the university and across the country. For more details on this year's conference, Convergence and Society: The changing Media Landscape, click here.
  • Support. Funding for small, collaborative research projects is now available. This seed money will be available to faculty and graduate students working on collaborative research focusing on science and/ or health communication. Details on how to apply for funding will be available soon. These small grants are designed to facilitate collaborative research within our group and, provide us with necessary pilot data to apply for extramural funding.
  • Upcoming Meeting. Our next Science and Health Communication Research Group meeting will be Friday, October 23, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. in the CEO Room of the Carolina coliseum. Coffee and brain food will be provided!
  • On the Agenda:
    • Lauren Vincent, the first student to enroll in USC's health certificate program, will present findings from her health communication practicum.
    • Dr. Jay Moscowitiz, President of Health Sciences South Carolina, will attend the meeting to introduce his initiative and discuss collaborative research opportunities.
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