Alumni Featured in NCA Publication

by Katherine Rowan

Mason faculty and alumni were featured in the March 2015 issue of Spectra, a publication of the National Communication Association. Mason alumna LaKesha Anderson developed the concept for this issue of Spectra which presents recent research on health and risk communication. Faculty member Katherine Rowan explains why some physical hazards are routinely under-estimated and others over-estimated and then offers evidence-based analyses and practices for understanding these discrepancies and addressing them. Alumna Christy Ledford offers an analysis of physician-patient communication, how it can go awry and what steps support physicians in communicating about health risks effectively. Anderson and Ledford were in the first class of students to receive a PhD in communication from Mason. Rowan directs the B.A. in Communication and the graduate program in science communication.