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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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Shari R. Veil, MBA, Ph.D., is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Communication and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky where she oversees the recruitment, advisement, and retention of over 2000 undergraduate students in five majors, four minors, and two undergraduate certificates and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in risk and crisis, organizational, and mass communication. Dr. Veil formerly served as the Director of the Risk Sciences Division (now the Risk and Disaster Communication Center) coordinating research, funding, graduate education, and training programs specific to risk and crisis communication. Her academic program development and research on organizational learning in high-risk environments, community preparedness, and communication strategies for crisis management has been supported by over $1.9 million in grants and contracts and resulted in over 80 scholarly publications. Dr. Veil is research chair of the National Communication Association Public Relations Division and serves locally on the Lexington-Fayette Emergency Planning Committee and Community Emergency Response Team.


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Bobi Ivanov (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma) is Professor of Integrated Strategic Communication in the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication at the University of Kentucky. He studies strategic message design, consumer behavior, and strategic communications. He has primarily taught marketing, communication, research, and strategic communication related courses in number of different departments/units. His main research interests concern social influence (persuasion and resistance) and message design, processing, and retention. Ivanov’s theoretical work focuses on the study of inoculation theory, images, and attitudes and their composition, hierarchical structure, and function as applied in various contexts including commercial, health, intercultural, instructional/educational, interpersonal, political, and risk/crisis management. His scholarship has appeared in numerous presentations (five top paper awards), books, book chapters, and journal publications such as Communication Monographs, Communication Research, Human Communication Research, The International Journal of the Image, Communication Reports, Journal of Communication, Iowa Journal of Communication, The Global Studies Journal, Health Communication, Journal of Public Relations Research, Western Journal of Communication, Communication Yearbook, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Central Business Review, Communication Research Reports, and Atlantic Marketing Journal, among other. He has also worked as a Market Research Analyst at Consumer Data Service (CDS) and Insight Market Research and Consulting (Insight). He remains an active research consultant with Insight.

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