The Department congratulates Andreea Maier and Alina Cark, who recently received word that a paper they co-authored with Dr. Qin Zhang (“Self-Disclosure and Emotional Closeness in Intracultural Friendships: A Cross-Cultural Comparison Among U.S. Americans and Romanians”) has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research! This research came out of course taught by Dr. Zhang, CO420 (“Communication Research Design and Methodologies”) and was also accepted for presentation at this year’s National Communication Association in Orlando, FL, in mid-November. The abstract for this research follows:
“This study investigates the cultural differences in self-disclosure and emotional closeness in intracultual friendships in U.S. and Romanian cultures. Results show that culture has a significant effect on the intent of self-disclosure and emotional closeness. First, Americans are found to disclose in a greater intent than Romanians to their friends, but the two cultures do not differ in other dimensions of self-disclosure. Second, Romanians are found to perceive a greater level of emotional closeness in intracultural friendships than Americans. Last, honesty/accuracy and intent of self-disclosure predict emotional closeness in Romania, but none of the dimensions of self-disclosure predicts emotional closeness in the U.S.”
Congratulations, Andreea, Alina, and Dr. Zhang!
Two student-authored capstone research papers have been competitively selected for presentation at the 38th Annual DePauw Undergraduate Honors Conference in Communication at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana (April 12-14). These papers were completed in fulfillment of “CO309: Senior Research Projects in Communication.” Given the conference’s 50 – 75% rejection rate, our students clearly rank among the best and brightest undergraduate communication scholars in the nation today. They are now invited to present their work at this prestigious conference alongside fellow undergraduate communication scholars from across the country. This year’s visiting scholars for the conference are Sandra Petronio of Indiana University/Purdue Univ. Indianapolis, Judy Sebesta of Lamar University, and Matthew Solomon from University of Michigan.
The original CO309 research projects and authors selected this year include:
Anthony Corso, Christie Fogelstrom, Nicole Laskowski, and Chelsea Pabon
“I Love the Ladies… But They Don’t Belong in the Newsroom”
(produced in Dr. Wills’ fall capstone)
Caitlin Fitzpatrick, Amy Ingrilli, Ashli Kravarik, Kenneth Muti, and Anthony Raymond
“Traditional Media vs. Digital Media: Effects on Short Term Memory”
(produced in Dr. Zhang’s fall capstone)
It was standing room only in CNS15 when Associate Professor Qin Zhang led a panel of faculty discussing Amy Chua’s controversial Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and the stereotype of “extreme” parenting in Chinese families. In pursuit of academic excellence for her children, Chua advocates unceasing – even severe – discipline, work ethic, and high standards.