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Shannon Oltmann is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Science at the University of Kentucky. Her research interests include censorship, intellectual freedom, information policy, public libraries, privacy, and qualitative research methods. She has presented her research at academic conferences such as the Information Ethics Roundtable, the Annual Conference of the Association for Information Science & Technology, the iConference, and the International Congress on Qualitative Inquiry. Her work has been published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Library Quarterly, Public Libraries Quarterly, Collection Management, Libri, and Science and Engineering Ethics.

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Jeannette Sutton, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and the Director of the Risk and Disaster Communication Center at the University of Kentucky.  Dr. Sutton specializes in disaster and risk, with a primary focus on online informal communications, and public alerts and warnings disseminated via terse messaging channels.  Much of her research investigates the evolving role of information and communication technology, including social media and mobile devices, for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.


Dr. Sutton has held numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of Naval Research. Her research has been published in the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Proceedings of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management; Information, Communication, and Society; Health Communication, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Jeannette holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and completed her postdoctoral training at the Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Tae Hyun Baek (Ph.D., University of Georgia) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication at the University of Kentucky. He has been teaching Digital Strategies, Integrated Strategic Media Management, and Quantitative Methods in Communication Research courses. His scholarly interests lie at the intersection of digital media, consumer-brand relationships and consumer psychology, with an emphasis on examining how digital media transform the persuasive processes and effects of strategic brand communication. Another research stream focuses on why and how consumers respond to advertising and other strategic communications that promote socially responsible behavior. He is dedicated to pursuing the psychological models of consumer motivation and emotion that underlie persuasive communication. At present, he has presented several papers (three best conference paper awards) at national academic conferences, including the American Academy of Advertising (AAA), Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), American Marketing Association (AMA), Academy of Marketing Science (AMS), and American Collegiate Retailing Association (ACRA), His work has been published in book chapters, and leading journals such as the Journal of Advertising, International Journal of Advertising, Psychology & Marketing, Journal of Services Marketing, Journal of Research in Interactive Marketing, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Review of Communication, Asian Journal of Communication, Journal of Health Communication, and Health Communication. Before entering academia, he worked for Calson Marketing World Wide Korea in Seoul and for Franceschi Advertising & PR agency in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Kimberly A. Parker, (Ph.D., 2004, University of Oklahoma) is an Associate Professor in the College of Communication and Information and the iNET (Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking) Director. Dr. Parker has over 15 years’ experience working with non-profits in the area of social change campaigns and social entrepreneurship. Recently, she completed a year-long certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Kimberly's research has appeared in communication journals, including Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, Journal of Public Relations Research, Communication Quarterly, Communication Research Reports, and Health Communication.

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Sherali Zeadally is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Science.


His research interests include Cybersecurity, privacy, Internet of Things, computer networks, mobile computing, energy-efficient networking


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Short bio: Namjoo Choi is an Associate Professor at the School of Information Science, College of Communication and Information, University of Kentucky. He received his Ph.D. in Informatics from the University at Albany, State University of New York. His research interests include online communities, free/libre open source software, and technology adoption and post-adoption. His research work has been published in top-tier journals in both library science and information systems fields such as IEEE Software, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Library & Information Science Research, Journal of the Association for Information Systems. He also has received research honors including Outstanding and Highly Commended Paper Awards from Emerald, and Distinguished Dissertation Award from SUNY at Albany.

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