Communication and the Future Division

Interest Group Awards

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Top Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Andrew Gambino & Michael Schmierbach, “Great “Minds” Think Alike?: Examining Opinion Conformity in HCI and CMC” 
2023 Qian Huang, Tyler R. Harrison, & Susan E. Morgan, “Representation and visibility of people of color in pro-HPV vaccination videos on social media” 
2023 Sarah Katherine Lingo, “Simulation, Affect, and Embodiment at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center”
2023 Slavica Kodish, “The illusion of Freedom: Scientific and Technological Transformation of Humans” 
2023 Myojung Chung, “What’s in the Black Box? How Algorithmic knowledge Predicts Corrective and Restrictive Actions to Counter Misinformation in the U.S., U.K., South Korea, and Mexico” 
2022 Erik Holland, "Afrofuturist Film and the Re-presenting of Racial Time"
2022 Jihyun Kim, Kelly R. Merrill Jr., Xianlin Jin, Chad Christopher Collins, & Kun Xu, "I Trust My Robotic Health Advisor: Understanding People’s Trust and Intentions"
2022 L. Yong Jin Park, Jae Eun Chung, & Jeong Nam Kim, "Social media, misinformation future, and cultivating Covid-19 mistrust"
2022 Joshua Anderson & Natalie Brown Devlin, "The Shifting Foundations of Current Social Media Research and Systems Thinking as a Remedy: A Proposal for a New Research Agenda" 
2021 Jihyun Kim, Kelly R. Merrill Jr., Kun Xu, & Stephanie Kelly, "Perceived Credibility of an AI Instructor in Online Education: The Role of Social Presence and Voice Features"  
2021 Jihyun Kim, Kelly R. Merrill Jr. & Chad Christopher Collins, "Meet My AI Romantic Partner: The Role of Loneliness and Social Presence"
2021 L. Yong Jin Park, "Heuristics of Privacy Concern: Personal Data, Paradox, and Uncertainties in the Age of Digital Surveillance"
2021 Erik Gustafson & Robert Mejia, "A New Materialist and Media Ecological Analysis of the Entanglement of Voters and Voting Systems in Democratic Functions During the 2000 and 2020 U.S. Presidential Elections"
2020 Megan O'Byrne and Paulina Swiatkowski, "Bridging the Divide: Advancing a Social Work Theory in Communication Studies"
2020 Alessandra Von Burg, "Forced Mobility: Digital Nomads in Citizenship Deserts"
2020 Kelly Merrill Jr., Jihyun Kim, and Chad Collins, "Machines as Friends: The Role of Embodiment and Perceived Anthropomorphism of AI as a Companion"
2019 Renan Adachi, Gachon University, Hayeon Song, Gachon University, Emily M. Cramer, Howard University, "Using Virtual Reality for Travel Marketing: A Mediating Role of Self-Presence"
2019 Jing Wang, Tulane University, "Chinese Fin-techs in the Making: Apps, Product Managers, and the Platforms"
2019 Yong Jin Park, Howard University, Yoonmo Sang, University of Canberra, Hoon Lee, Kyunghee University, Mo Jones (Jang), Boston College, "Ontology of Digital Asset After Death: Policy Complexities, Suggestions, and Critique of Digital Platforms"
2019 Grant Kien, California State University East Bay, "Surviving Post-Truth Narrative and a Future Without Facts: The Unfortunate Triumph of Post-modernism"
2018 Rebecca K. Britt and Andrew Englebert, "Building and testing an mHealth application from a pilot study in a campus-community initiative"
2018 Robert Mejia, Brianna L. Lane, Abigail Mott, and Kelsey Earle, "Netflix and Chill or Looking for a Soulmate? The Effect of Online Dating Website and Profile Deisgn on Attraction"
2018 Jihyun Kim, Kelly Merrill, Jr., and Hayeon Song, "Probing with Pokemon: Feeling of Presence and Sense of Community Belonging"
2018 Jonathan Matusitz and John McCormick, "The Effects of Internet Use on Human Obesity in the U.S."
2016 Kenneth A. Lachlan, Patric R. Spence, Adam Michael Rainear, Joshua Fishlock, Zhan Xu, and Bryan Michael Vanco, “Exploring the Effectiveness of Robotic Platforms in Engendering Learning: Implications for the Future of Crisis and Risk Communication”
2016 Veronica Hefner, Sam Dorros, Nicole Jourdain, Christine Liu, Arianna Tortomasi, Maria Paulina Greene, Chelsea Brandom, Mary Ellet, and Natalie Bowles, “Mobile Exercising and Tweeting the Pounds Away: The Use of Digital Applications and Microblogging and Their Association with Disordered Eating and Compulsive Exercise”
2016 Yu Won Oh, “Online Talk as Civic Engagement and Online Forums as Digital Public Sphere”
2016 Chris Gurrie, “The Future of Mediated Software Technology in the Communication Classroom: An Analysis”
2016 Jennifer Young Abbott, “The Lessons of Yesterday’s Public Journalism for Tomorrow’s Citizen-Engaged Journalism”
2015 Bree McEwan, “Communication competence is the future of digital literacy”
2015 Tony Liao, “Embracing Opportunities: Studying the Shift from Consumer Augmented Reality to Industrial/Enterprise Augmented Reality”
2015 Rebecca K. Britt, “Participation on celebrity gossip blogs: A study of celebrity attitudes and gratifications”
2015 Alison Nicole Novak, “Smartest Guys in the Room: Framing the Future of Media Regulation through Netflix”
2015 Young Jin Park and S. Mo Jang, “Will Anyone Talk about Edward Snowden Again? Twitter Conversation, Herd and Issue Attention”
2014 Jonathan Matusitz and Ann Davidson, “Race of the Future: Mixing of Colors in the U.S. Leading to One Race?”
2014 CarrieLynn Reinhard, and Pooky Amsterdam, “Avatars, Audiences and Interactive Television: Television productions in Second Life exemplifying the possibilities of interactive television”
2014 Aimee Lau, “Facebook as a Facilitator of Organizational Identification inColleges and Universities and with Multiple Organizational Targets”
2014 Jaime Banks, “Multimodal, multiplex, multispatial: A network model of the Self”
2014 Rebecca K. Britt and Andrew Mark Englebert, “Building on a Legacy in Researchers’ Understanding of Spatial Cognition: A Qualitative Investigation on Spatial Awareness and Mental Map Construction in Mobile Tours”
2013 Tony Liao, “Mobile or Headworn Augmented Reality? Analyzing the Contestation Over the Form of Augmented Reality through Future Discourse and Technological Frames”
2013 Rebecca Britt and Brian Britt, “Narrative Believability in Mobile Tour Guides: A Mixed Methods Study”
2013 Cui Zhang and Charles Meadows, “The Future of Internet-Related Research in Health Communication Scholarship: Based on an Analysis of Published Articles between 1997 and 2011”
2013 Lorraine G. Kisselburgh, Senthil Chandrasegaran, Jeremy Foote, Patricia Gettings, Teis Moeller Kristensen, Karthik Ramani, “The social ecologies of collaborative design in Visually Integrated Cyber-enabled Design (V-ICED) Environments”
2012 Jeremy Adolphson, “Artificial Intelligence: The Problem within Discourse Analysis”
2012 Aubrie Serena Adams, “The Nature of Gameplay within the Academic Environment”
2012 Tony Liao, “Augmented Futures: A Classification of Augmented Reality Promise(s) and Ideographes”
2012 Jonathan Matusitz, “Benefits of Google Technologies for Organizations”

Top Student Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Vishala J Persad, “A Post-modern Surveillance Culture: A Simulacra of Self-Importance” 
2023 Joshua Anderson, “A Proposal of a Theory to Study the Dynamics of Situated Communication Phenomena for Social Change” 
2023 Jiaqi Liu, “To be Free or Kidnapped? Understanding the Dark Side of Quantified-Self from a Perspective of Dependence” 
2023 Chelsea Lynn Roe, “Are we human?” Artificial Intelligence, postcolonialism, and what it means to be human” 
2022 Annette Masterson & Andrew Iliadis, "Inviting sex robots into the bedroom: An institutional analysis of a changing industry" 
2022 Chelsea P. Butkowski & Lee Humphreys, "IoT as Mobile Infrastructure: Methodological Challenges and Opportunities" 
2022 John M. Wise, "Omnimaginary: Mapping the Future of Science, Technology, and Human Potential in Early Omni Magazines"   
2022 Alex W. Kirkpatrick, Amanda Boyd, & Jay Hmielowski, "Who Shares about AI? Media-system dependency, online information sharing and the public understanding of artificial intelligence"
2021 Matthew Vollmer, "Autonomous Vehicles in the News After the Death of Elaine Herzberg"
2021 Brandon Shanks, "Live Social Interaction on An Analysis of as a Shift in Media Industries"
2021 Akie Fukushige Wenk, "In Rhetorical Sense(s): Exploration of Difference Reflected through Black Mirror Autonomous Vehicles in the News After the Death of Elaine Herzberg"
2021 Joo-Wha Hong, "Validation of the new scale for measuring perceptions of machines as society members: Machines As Social Entities Scale (MASES)" 
2020 Lindsay Thompson, "Augmenting Human: Artificial Intelligence as a Second Self through AlterEgo Technology"
2020 Andrea Schaaf, "Tilt Brush: The Utilization of a Virtual Reality Intervention for Self-Reported Anxiety, Depression, and Stress"
2020 Lakelyn Taylor, "We’re Expecting Some Turbulence: Extending Communication Privacy Management Theory to the Crossroads of Turbulence and Crisis"
2020 Joo- Wha Hong, "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Inquiry into the Social Roles and the Power Dynamics in Human-AI Interactions"
2019 Curry Chandler, University of Pittsburgh, Driving into the Future while Looking in the Rearview Mirror: Innovation Communication, Transportation Policy Mobilities, and Uber Urbanism
2019 Rian E. Wanstreet, University of Washington, A World Without Farmers: Surviving the Big Data Agricultural Revolution
2019 Joe E. Hatfield, University of Colorado, Boulder, The Digital Rhetorical Field: Methodological Possibilities for the Future of Communication
2019 Julia M. Hildebrand, Eckerd College, Dancing with My Drone: Affective Entanglements and Mobile Companionship
2018 Beatriz Nieto Fernandez, "El Chiguire Bipolar as a Tool for Resistance: Humor and Play in the times of Crisis"
2018 Maxim V. Baryshevtsev, "Automated Thematic Analysis of Online Sexual Predator Chat Transcripts"
2018 Samantha Dols, "An Alternative Paradigm for Integration: Imagination, Immersion, and Intergroup Understanding
2018 Adam Michael Rainear, "All the Media are Rich: Exploring the Lacking Human Element in Media Richness Theory"
2016 Kelsey Waninger, “Creating a New World: Woman on the Edge of Time and the Use of Technē in Feminist Speculative Fiction”
2016 Amin Makkawy, “Disability as Critical Sociomaterial Praxis, Providing a Novel Theoretical Space to Understand Disability: The Collision of Body, Communication, and Technology”
2016 Jennifer Kang, “Parainteractivity Strategies in My Little Television: The Convergence of Internet Broadcasting and Television in South Korea”
2016 Brad A. Haggadone, “Sex, Fear, and Robots: Does the Uncanny Valley extend beyond appearance?”
2016 Sean P. Gleason, “Technology and the Not-so-Stable Body: “Being There” in the Cyborg’s Dilemma”
2015 T. Kody Frey, “#BlackTwitter: An Analysis of Social Sentiment in Temporarily Imagined Online Communities”
2015 Brad A. Haggadone, “Sharing is Caring: Motivations for knowledge sharing in digital communities of emergent technology”
2015 Nazmul K. Rony and Rahnuma Ahmed “Sharing Viral Video Advertising: Building Theoretical Framework for the New Media Communication”
2015 Alane L. Presswood “Simulation in the 21st Century: Putting Facebook and Hyperreality in Conversation”
2015 Darren M. Stevenson, “Surveillance and Persuasion as Emerging Co-Benefactors of Communication Studies”
2014 Minhee Son, “Migration and Mobile Communication Research: A Review of the Current Literature and Suggested Direction for the Future”
2014 Indira Neill Hoch, “‘Hide all the things’: Content and conduct control in Tumblr fandom tags”
2014 Meagan Foley, “Kickstarter and Fan Participation”
2014 Mary Grace Hebert, “The Rebirth of Democratic Knowledge: Digitization, the Postal Service, and the newspaper industry”
2014 Robb Conrad Lauzon, “'Good night, planet Earth. Good night, humanity': A Eulogy for a Lunar Rover”