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2019 Health Scholar Showcase

Melinda Villagran
Dr, Melinda Villagran, THRI's Founding Director

Texas State University's Translational Health Research Initiative (THRI) will hold the 2019 Health Scholar Showcase on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 2:00-5:00 PM in the Performing Arts Center on the Texas State University Campus.

In addition to the opportunity to see posters that describe innovative translational health research and interact with the researchers, the showcase will also include presentations from leaders in the field of Translational Health Research. Following welcoming remarks from Denise Trauth, Ph.D., President, Texas State University, the 2019 Health Scholar Showcase Keynote Address will be delivered by Susan Dentzer, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation. There will be a moderated, public panel discussion with: Thomas R. Kowalski, President and CEO of the Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute; Senem Guney, Ph.D., Founder of NarrativeDx; and Nora Belcher, Texas e-Health Alliance Executive Director. The panel will be moderated by Eugene Bourgeois, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs, Texas State University.

More information can be found on the website of the 2019 Health Scholar Showcase:

Texas State Stories: Dr. Rebekah Fox

Igniting a Culture of Learning: Dr. Rebekah Fox spent her summer helping firefighters stay safe during wildfires.

Dr. Fox is part of the U.S. Forest Service's Rapid Lessons Sharing Team, a group of experts who work together to record and learn from the unintended situations that firefighters encounter while fighting wildfire.

Congratulations: Dr. Stephanie Dailey

Stephanie Dailey

The Department of Communication Studies congratulates Dr. Stephanie Dailey who was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Rank of Assistant Professor. Dr. Dailey has shown an outstanding ability to make teaching and learning an exciting experience. Dr. Dailey’s award will be formally presented at the University Convocation and Annual General Faculty meeting on Friday, August 24, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in Strahan Coliseum.

Welcome New Faculty: Dr. Seokhoon Ahn

Seokhoon Ahn

Dr. Seokhoon Ahn is joining the Communication Studies Department at Texas State University as a lecturer. Dr. Ahn received his Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and taught at Saint Cloud State University as a fixed-term Assistant Professor.

The main foci of his research have revolved around intercultural communication with a focus on acculturation, host people's receptivity and comparative studies between the East and the West. His research has appeared in 11 peer-reviewed journals, and he is currently working on several research projects including international students' acculturative motives and their acculturation choices in the U.S., the influence of the direct and indirect intergroup contact on host people's perceived threats toward immigrants, and meta-analyses on acculturation and multiculturalism.

Dr. Ahn is passionate to bring his research specialties into the classroom, and he enjoys interacting with students and seeing their growth. At Texas State University, Dr. Ahn teaches Intercultural Communication (COMM 3329), Communication in the Americas (COMM 3318M), and Empirical Methods (COMM 3301).

Dr. Cassandra LeClair

Dr. Cassandra LeClair is a lecturer in the Communication Studies Department at Texas State University. Cassandra completed her Ph.D. in Communication Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she focused on Interpersonal and Family Communication, with a specialization in Women's and Gender studies. Dr. LeClair teaches a variety of classes, including Fundamentals of Human Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Communication and Gender, and Relational Communication. Cassandra's research focuses primarily in the ways in which individuals and relational partners communicatively cope and negotiate identity in the face of unexpected or ongoing relational turning points and how this communication is linked to health outcomes. Her dedication to this research is fueled by the desire to increase understanding about communication surrounding crisis, traumatic events, and relational disruption. Cassandra's teaching and research interests fuel her campus and community involvement. She is a board member for the Children's Advocacy Center of Comal County and a trained facilitator for Darkness to Light.

Dr. Josh Miller

Josh Miller

Dr. Josh Miller is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Studies Department at Texas State University. His research and teaching interests include rhetoric, civic engagement, social controversy, and political communication. Specifically, his research focuses on public deliberations and controversies involving gender, sexuality, race, ability, and religion. Throughout his research, he also analyzes how rhetoric animates social change and can create, sustain, or disrupt community. For example, his dissertation details how pro-GLBTQ Christian advocates deployed opaque and hidden appeals to foster social change and communal cultivation during the 1960s and early 1970s. He recently received the Karlyn Kohrs Campbell award for the top paper in Rhetorical Theory and Criticism from the Central States Communication Association. His research also appears in Southern Communication Journal and QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking.

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