MSU Science Festival Features Research Event led by ComArtSci Faculty

Grab your lab coat and put on your goggles. It’s time for the annual MSU Science Festival, April 7- 23 in various locations throughout the state of Michigan. The festival offers a multi-day experience filled with hands-on activities and demonstrations, tours, open houses and so much more.

Check out this year’s schedule and decide what you’d like to see. Explore the MSU greenhouses and learn how to identify plants in Michigan. Discover the importance of clean water and see those affected by the Flint Water Crisis through the work of artist Jan Tichy at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. And if you would like to learn more about the coffee brewing process or discover something new about the trees around MSU's campus, you’re sure to find a workshop, presentation or activity close by. Finally, don’t miss out on presentations from faculty and staff from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

The Science of Effective Communication

Do you want to to learn more about the science of communication and what it means to communicate effectively?

Three professors from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences will talk about their research through the event “3 in 30: The Science of Communication”, April 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Dublin Square.

Presenters are Kjertsin Thorson, assistant professor of Advertising and Public Relations; Dave Ewoldsen, a professor in the Department of Media and Information; and Jingbo Meng, assistant professor of Communication. They will each briefly share the details of their latest research before opening the floor for discussion and questions.

Facebook and Politics. Have you ever used Facebook to talk politics? Thorson’s research covers how people share news and information on the popular social media site and studies their willingness to discuss politics through Facebook.

The Effects of Playing Video Games. Ewoldsen’s research targets why people like to play violent video games cooperatively. He will tell more about the results, which show an increase in pro-social behavior during and after play.

Monitoring Health with Mobile Devices. Meng will share the progress of her research about using technology and mobile devices to assist clinicians and health professionals with counseling services for college students. She will discuss the results of interviews with clinicians and describe the behavioral monitoring technology being developed for the project.

For more information about the MSU Science Festival, click here.