Media School faculty, students to participate in ICA conference

The Media School Report • March 23, 2017

Several Media School faculty and students will lead meetings, present their work, participate in panels or attend workshops at the next  International Communication Association international conference Interventions: Communication Research and Practice is set for May 25-29 in San Diego, California.

Those who will attend or whose work will be presented include:


  • “#nowisthetime for a #climatemarch: An Analysis of Competition between NGO Messages on Networked Social Media” by assistant professor Suzannah Evans Comfort.
  • “Commerce, Creativity and Youth Participation on YouTube Morocco” by doctoral student Mohamed El Marzouki.
  • “Coping as Motivational Bias: Physiological Connection between Motivational Systems and Coping Styles” by graduate student Xia Zheng and doctoral student Jingjing Han.
  • “Framing and Exemplification Effects on Responses to Lung Cancer News” by graduate student Xia Zheng, doctoral student Jingjing Han and Shaojing Sun from Fudan University.
  • “Gaming Mechanics Matter For Memory Performance: Game Conditions Influence Short-Term Memory” by graduate student Kelsey Prena.
  • “Gender Differences in Neural Indicators of Emotion and Attention to Same-Sex Pairs in Advertising” by associate professor Rob Potter, graduate students Irene Van Driel, Glenna Lee Read-Bullock and Isaiah Innis.
  • “A House Divided: Parental Disparity and Conflict over Media Rules Predict Children’s Outcomes” by associate professor Nicole Martins, Marie-Louise Mares from University of Pennsylvania, Laura Stephenson from University of Wisconsin and Amy Nathanson from Ohio State University.

  •  “Network Characteristics Matter in Politics on Facebook: Evidence from a U.S. National Survey” by associate professor Jae Kook Lee, doctoral student Yanqin Lu and Eunyi Kim of Incheon National University.
  • “Not the Normal Trans Story: the Negotiation of Privacy and Identity while Crowdfunding at the Margins” by assistant professor Amy L. Gonzales and doctoral student Niki Fritz.
  • “’Predisposed’ Exposure: Exploring the Personality-basis for Selective and Cross-cutting Exposure to Partisan News Media” by doctoral students Cheonsoo Kim and Minchul Kim.
  • “Portrayal of Emotional Rewards and Prosocial PSA Effectiveness” by associate professor Rob Potter and Xiaodan Hu.
  • “Public Perception of Female Fertility: Initial Fertility, Peak Fertility, and Infertility” by associate professor Nicole Martins and Robin Jensen from University of Utah.

  •  “Relationship between Pornography Viewing and Objectification towards Men and Women” by associate professor Bryant Paul, graduate student Kenneth Rosenberg and doctoral student Yanyan Zhou.
  • “Responses to E-cigarette Commercials: Examining the Effect of Celebrity Endorsement and Health Claims” by associate professor Rob Potter, graduate student Xia Zheng, doctoral student Jingjing Han and Shaojing Sun from Fudan University.
  • “Satire on the Front Page: What Happens When Traditional News Organizations Get Funny About Election Coverage” by assistant professors Jessica Gall Myrick and Jason Pfeifer.

  • “Streaming Culture, Re-viewing Femininity: A Feminist Audience Study of Western Television Shows in Urban India” by doctoral student Roshni Verghese.
  • “Surfing in Funland: digital overabundance, media consumption and choice satisfaction” by Media School Dean James Shanahan, Marco Gui, Mina Tsay-Vogel and Luca Stanca, all of University of Milano Biccoca.
  • “Technology Problems and Student Achievement Gaps: A Quantitative Validation and Extension of the Technology Maintenance Framework” by assistant professor Amy L. Gonzales and doctoral student Teresa Lynch.
  • “The Effect of Young Women’s Body Image and Mood From Exposure to Runway Models” by associate professor Lesa Hatley Major, Yan Shan from California Polytechnic and Kimberly Walker from University of South Florida.
  • “The Impact of Cognitive Load on Automatic Attention Capture by Auditory Structural Features” by associate professor Rob Potter, doctoral student Edgar Jamison-Koenig, graduate student Xia Zheng and doctoral student Joshua D. Sites.
  • “They Are Not the Same: A Social Network Analysis on Popular Categories of Free Sexually Explicit Internet Materials” by doctoral student Yanyan Zhou, associate professor Bryant Paul and Vincent Malic.

  • “Visual War: A Content Analysis of Clinton and Trump Subreddits during the 2016 Campaign” by doctoral student Brent Hale and associate dean Maria Elizabeth Grabe.

  •  “What People Can Memorize when They are Watching Pornography?” by associate professor Bryant Paul, doctoral student Yanyan Zhou and Tuo Liu from Technical U Chemnitz.
  •  “YouTube Creators: The role of play, labor and creative voice in building a digital media powerhouse” by doctoral student Mohamed El Marzouki.
  • “+1 for Imgur”: A Content Analysis of SIDE Theory and Common Voice Effects on a Hierarchical Bidirectionally Voted Commenting System by doctoral student Brent Hale.

  • “Social Media and U.S. Journalists:  Uses and Perceived Impact,” by Distinguished Professor Emeritus David Weaver and Lars Willnat, MA’91, PhD’92. This paper is based on their most recent national survey of U.S. journalists and is part of a pre- conference session, “Online and Newsworthy?  Have Digital sources Changed Journalism?”

Panel participant:

  • “Intervening in identity shift’s place in CMC” assistant professor Amy L. Gonzales.

Meeting leader:


Doctoral student Jingjing Han’s thesis, “Reconceptualizing Coping Styles as an Arousal-based Motivational Bias during the Processing of Mediated Threatening Messages,” has been nominated for the 2017 ICA/NCA Amanda L. Kundrat Thesis of the Year Award. Distinguished Professor Annie Lang is co-author.

Every year, the International Communication Association’s and the National Communication Association’s health communication divisions select up to three finalists for the year award. The winner will be announced at the ICA conference.

About the conference:

The annual gathering brings together ICA members and scholars to hear and present interdisciplinary research on emerging issues and topics. The theme this year, Interventions: Communication Research and Practice, points to a range of communication practices that engage with a political event, social phenomena, industrial or socio-cultural practice, in order to alter and disrupt events and the norms and practices that contribute to their occurrence.