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harrington“Engaged Research: Communities, Communication, Information” is the theme for the College of Communication and Information’s (CCI) thirty-eighth annual Research Symposium to be held on Wednesday, February 24.

Nancy Grant Harrington, professor of communication and associate dean for research in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky, will be the keynote presenter this year. Her talk, “Rethinking Risk: Prospect Theory Application in Health Message Design” will take place at 11:10 a.m. on Wednesday in CCI’s Patrick Auditorium.

Harrington also holds an academic appointment to the School of Public Health at the University of Kentucky. Her research focus is on persuasive message design in the health behavior change context, particularly as it relates to risk behavior prevention; health promotion; and interactive tailored health communication using computer technology. She has worked on sponsored research projects totaling nearly $8.5 million and has published close to sixty journal articles and chapters.

“Dr. Harrington’s research work, with organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, has been instrumental in the development of messaging that makes a difference,” said Suzie Allard, CCI associate dean for research and director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies. “Harrington’s research has significant implications for communicators and health professionals, and we are very fortunate to have her come to Knoxville to share her research with our UT colleagues and the community.”

Registration for the symposium begins at 8:30 a.m. at the college and is followed by the poster presentation in the lobby. Panel discussions and contributed paper sessions are held throughout the day.

Attendance is free and open to the public. However, registration is requested for space planning purposes.

A complete schedule and registration forms can be found here.

For more information contact Bobbie Suttles at 865-974-6651 or