In the Media


photo of Shardé Davis, Assistant Professor of Communication, UConnBlack women create #BlackInTheIvory and #PublishingPaidMe to reveal inequity in academia and publishing

NBC News – June 8, 2020

Shardé Davis and Joy Woods were discussing systemic racism in academia via text Saturday night when an idea came to Davis. “I said to her, hey, I’m about to use this hashtag, what do you think about it?” Davis, an assistant professor of communication at University of Connecticut, said. “And Joy said, ‘I already tweeted it.'” Neither were expecting #BlackInTheIvory to take off, so they didn’t stay up after tweeting. But when Woods, a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, woke up, she immediately called Davis, despite the fact that Davis lives in California and was two hours behind her. “I told her, ‘Wake up right now. Go to social media,'” Woods said. “‘There’s so many more tweets right now and I don’t even know what’s happening.’ It’s still a whirlwind.”


photo of Gov. Ned Lamont
Photo: Brian A. Pounds, Hearst Connecitcut Media

Coronavirus gaffes by Lamont reflect style of broad leadership

New Haven Register – April 20, 2020

Gov. Ned Lamont’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has won high praise in the state and across the nation, and his poll numbers and national media appearances reflect that. At the same time, he has committed a handful of gaffes. They’re mostly the result of jumping out ahead of the facts — such as his declaration on April 1 that a 6-week-old baby died of coronavirus, which may or may not be true; or his announcement that nonessential businesses must close, more than two days before the list was ready.



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Photo: Washington Times

UConn researcher finds optimistic bias slows preventative behavior

The Daily Campus – April 17, 2020

University of Connecticut communications professor and researcher David Atkin found overcoming optimistic bias and facing the facts can help lead to better, more prepared responses in a recent study proctored in China. The work was done in collaboration with a former student at Zhejiang University. The study gathered data from all 31 of China’s provinces found that “compared with information on COVID-19 released by medical providers and non-government organizations, government information sources had a greater influence on individual perceptions about the disease and behavioral change,” a recent press release said.


UConn campus building in fallFaculty Fulbright Scholars Explore Diverse Subjects

UConn Today – April 9, 2020

Five UConn faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Scholar awards to teach and conduct research abroad in the 2020-21 academic year. Earlier this year, UConn was named as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars, with six faculty Scholars for the 2019-20 academic year. In the coming year, Amanda Denes, associate professor of communication; Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch, assistant professor of communication; Marie Shanahan, associate professor of journalism; Damir Dzhafarov, associate professor of mathematics; and Michael Lynes, department head and professor of molecular and cell biology, will embark on research at universities in Australia, Germany, the Philippines, the Czech Republic, and Norway, respectively.


bilboard with COVID adviceStudy of COVID-19 Risk Communication Finds ‘Optimistic Bias’ Slows Preventive Behavior

UConn Today – April 8, 2020

A study of risk communication in the region of China where the coronavirus pandemic began, co-authored by a UConn researcher, indicates that overcoming “optimistic bias” will influence an individual’s perception about disease and make them more likely to adopt preventive behaviors. The researcher, David Atkin, professor of communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, collaborated on the study with colleagues from Zhejiang University — his former student Hongliang Chen MA ‘13, assistant professor in the College of Media Studies and International Culture, and doctoral candidate Qike Jia.


With the Coronavirus Outbreak, It Matters How You Get Your News

UConn Today – March 9, 2020

A team of communication and journalism researchers recently published a study about sources of information and vaccination intention in the Atlantic Journal of Communication. The team included Carolyn A. Lin, a professor of communication, and Xiaowen Xu, a doctoral candidate in communication, both of UConn; and Linda Dam, a journalism professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Lin discussed the evolving role of communication and how it can influence our health care decisions with UConn Today.


illustration of hands being hit by arrows
Illustration by Derek Abella

New York Times – March 3, 2020

For many of us, microaggressions are so commonplace that it seems impossible to tackle them one at a time. Psychologists often compare them to death by a thousand cuts.

The metaphor is both the subtitle to a paper that Kevin Nadal, professor of psychology at John Jay College, wrote about the impact of microaggressions on L.G.B.T.Q. youth, and the title of another paper on the health implications of black respectability politics by Hedwig Lee, professor of sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, and Margaret Takako Hicken, research assistant professor at the University of Michigan. The phrase is commonly found in additional studies on the topic.


highway sign warns of impending hurricane

Report Emphasizes Importance of Communication in Climate Change Resilience

UConn Today – January 22, 2020

In the wake of a major storm, like the one that battered the Connecticut shoreline in 2012, community resilience could depend on communication.

That’s the conclusion of a recently published report by UConn Department of Communications Professor Carolyn A. Lin in partnership with the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) is the first of its kind to look at the social and psychological impacts of climate change mitigation strategies in two coastal communities hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The study examines how Bridgeport and Fairfield residents handled the storm and the after-effects, and also how they are addressing plans to mitigate the impacts of future storms in their communities.