Four School of Communication professors received 2016 Provost’s Research Awards, which will provide salary support and direct research costs to the faculty for a wide range of research projects. School of Communication faculty received four awards, one in the arts discipline and three for research in the social sciences. Professors Sanjeev Chatterjee, Lien Tran, Gunwoo Yoon, and Nick Carcioppolo are this year’s recipients from the School of Communication.

Cinema and Interactive Media Professor Sanjeev Chatterjee was awarded the Max Orovitz Research Award in Arts and Humanities. Chatterjee was recognized for his short documentary focused on the world’s changing relationship with food and the growing challenge of feeding cities in the future. He has been producing award-winning documentaries since 1985, bringing light to serious issues in some of the world’s most developing countries.

“I am really thankful for all the support I have found for my work at the University of Miami over the 20 years I have spent on the faculty here,” said Chatterjee.

Also from the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media, Professor Lien Tran was awarded a James W. McLamore Research Award in Business and the Social Sciences for her proposal to research and design an urban water service quality data collection protocol in Accra, Ghana. 

Strategic Communication professor, Gunwoo Yoon, and Communication Studies professor, Nick Carcioppolo, were awarded for their work in the social sciences. Yoon was acknowledged for performing research that answers the call from researchers and policy-makers for greater consideration of social scientific remedies that can help combat climate change. His research aims to examine whether the way people perceive nature’s mind (e.g., see and feel humanlike features from nature) can nudge people toward feeling more or less responsibility for conservation efforts or environmental promotion.

Carcioppolo was awarded for his research on the power of headlines and the perceptions of science news.

“A recent trend in online science journalism involves streamlining headlines, a process known colloquially as ‘clickbait’” said Carcioppolo. “This proposal attempts to determine how a growing journalistic technique, clickbait, can affect audience perceptions of science.”

University of Miami’s Office of the Vice Provost for Research awarded 61 projects representing 32 departments in seven schools and colleges on the Coral Gables and marine campuses.

 All projects were evaluated by members of the Research Council. Approximately 150 applications were evaluated based on their scholarly, scientific and/or creative merit, the likelihood that the work will lead to major peer-reviewed outcomes, and the opportunity for faculty career enhancement.