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Faculty win research grants from Arthur W. Page Center

May 2, 2019

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By Taylor Burress, Communications Intern

Dr. Jeanine Guidry, Professor Jay Adams and Dr. Nicole O'Donnell (on the left) and Dr. Grace Ji (on the right)

Robertson School faculty members Dr. Jeanine Guidry, Dr. Nicole O’Donnell, Professor Jay Adams and Dr. Grace Ji have been awarded research grants from the Arthur W. Page Center and have been named Page and Johnson Legacy Scholars for 2019-2020. This year, the center focused its grant funding on advocacy communications and narratives in public communications.

“I feel extremely excited and grateful for being selected to receive the Page Legacy Grant this year,” said Ji, who is an assistant professor in public relations and who is collaborating with researchers from the University of Miami. “I can’t wait to kick off this project with them.” This is the second time in five years that Ji has been awarded a Page Grant as well as being selected as a Page and Johnson Legacy Scholar.

“I want to extend my appreciation to the Arthur W. Page Center for their continuous support to public communication research and for my collaborators, Dr. Juliana Fernandez and Dr. Weiting Tao from the University of Miami, for their hard work for putting the proposal together”, said Ji. Her collaboration with Fernandez and Tao received the funding for the proposed study “Are repeated stories a good strategy? Effects of textual, numeric, and visual messages in digital political communication.”

"It's a huge honor for our team to win a 2019 Page Grant, particularly since we were competing with a large international pool of proposals,” said Adams, who is an assistant professor of advertising and who has teamed up with Guidry, O’Donnell and colleagues from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Texas Tech University. Adams, Guidry, and O’Donnell received funding for their research project “Tell me about the #fluvaccine: Using narratives to encourage vaccination."

“The flu is a serious public health issue, and annual vaccination is recommended to protect against the influenza virus. We know, however, that skepticism exists regarding the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. This misinformation is especially present on social networking sites, where narratives can affect individuals’ perceptions of vaccine safety,” said Guidry, who is an assistant professor of public relations. “Our study will focus on testing different types of narratives get a better understanding of how health communication professionals can use them to create more effective flu vaccination campaigns.”

“I'm truly passionate about this topic on both the professional and personal levels. As a parent of three I have a great deal of experience when it comes to facing flu season every year,” said Adams.