Faculty and Graduate Students Receive NCA Awards

The Hugh Downs School faculty and graduate students will receive top paper and research awards at the National Communication Association's national convention in New Orleans, LA on November 17-20, 2011.

Kory Floyd, professor and associate director, will receive the 2011 Charles H. Woolbert Research Award. This prestigious award recognizes a journal article or book chapter that has stood the test of time and has become a stimulus for new concepualizations of speech communication phenomena. Drs. Floyd and his colleague, Mac Parks, are being honored for their article, "Making Friends in Cyberspace."

American Studies, Top Student Paper:
Chema Salinas, "Performing guilt and redemption: The art of Chris Burden, Ron Athey, and Steven Leyba"

Chinese Communication Studies, Top Student Paper:
Jie Gong, "Re-anchoring an ancient, emergent superpower: 2010 Shanghai World Expo, public memory, and national identity

Ethnography Division, Top Student Paper:
Jieyoung Kong, "Zeno's paradox: voices of martial art bodies"

Spiritual Communication, Top Student Paper:
Tim Huffman, "Resolving spirited debates: recasting communication inquiry as a spiritual practice

2011 Charles H. Woolbert Research Award:
Kory Floyd, associate professor and assistant director, and colleague, Mac Parks, "Making friends in cyberspace" published in the Journal of Communication 1996.

Outstanding Masters Thesis Award:
Elizabeth Rush, master's student alum, "The conceptual construction of innovation: performance labor to manufacture mood, chase goals, and assemble success in incubator organizations"

Top Four Paper Award:
Kendra Rivera, doctoral alum, "Feeling America's dirty work: voicing emotional labor taint at the U.S. Border Patrol"