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Research group holds second meeting of the 2009-2010 academic year

The Science and Health Communication Research Group held their second meeting of the 2009-2010 academic year on October 23. Highlights from the meeting include the following:

  • Panel Discussion. The Science and Health Communication Research Group will co-sponsor a health care reform panel discussion along with the College of Social Work, the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities and the South Carolina Access Initiative. The panel discussion will be held at 4:00 on November 16 in the Law School Auditorium. The discussion is open to USC students, staff and professors and will take an in-depth look at the legislative process for developing, negotiating and approving policy. This discussion will be followed by a clarification and de-mystification of proposed health care reform legislation with an emphasis on topics most relevant to the USC community. Speakers at the forum will include Alan Tauber, president of the USC Graduate Student Association, Steve Beckham, liaison from USC's Governmental Affairs office, and John Ruoff, Research Director of South Carolina Fair Share. Charles Bierbauer, Dean of the College of Mass Communications and Informational Studies, will moderate the event. The forum is free and open to the public. More information regarding this event can be found on the Collage of Social Work website.
  • Conference. It's official. The Science and Health Communication Research Group will co-host the University of South Carolina's annual Convergence Conference that will be held on October 14-15, 2010. The title of the conference is Convergence and Society: Science, Health & New Dimensions of Convergence. This is a great opportunity to promote our research group, within the university and across the country. Proposals for the conference will be due in June 2010. For more details on this year's conference, Convergence and Society: The changing Media Landscape, click here.
  • Grant Money. Our group has funded its first small grant. The money was awarded to a graduate student research team comprised of students from the Arnold School of Public Health and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The purpose of this project is to assess the H1N1 information available to University of South Carolina college students through media and interpersonal channels and examine how this information influences students' awareness and behavior regarding swine flu. The students are conducting a series of focus groups with USC students. The money awarded will be used for focus group incentives and qualitative data analysis software.
  • New Science and Health Communication Course. Dr. John Besley, an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, will be teaching a new graduate course in Spring 2010. The course, Journalism 772 - Science and Health in the Media, will be held from 9:00-11:45 on Wednesday. The goal is to have at least eight students enrolled. Please encourage your students to enroll in this important science and health communication course!
  • Health Certificate Practicum Presentation. Congratulations to Lauren Vincent, our first student to enroll and complete the Health Communication Certificate program. At the October meeting, she presented the findings from her health communication practicum that focused on communicating family health history with an emphasis on the barriers individuals encounter communicating this information in the health system and within the family. Upon completion of the certificate program, Lauren will continue to work at Palmetto Health Richland, where she develops and conducts medical education conferences for physicians.
  • Upcoming Meeting. Our next Science and Health Communication Research Group meeting is tentatively set for January 2010.