Currently Funded Projects

Eye-tracking the storm: Information processing of visual risk communication. (2019-2021) Funded by: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): The Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment – Southeast (VORTEX-SE). Investigators: Jeannette Sutton (UK, Dept of Communication) and Laura Fischer (UK, Dept of Integrated Strategic Communication.Goal: To develop a model of visual risk communication.

Communicating Risk Information through Community Participatory Processes: Appalachian Drinking Water Health Effects Study (2019-2020).Funded by: University of Kentucky Center for Appalachian Research in Environmental Sciences (UK CARES) Investigators: Laura Fischer (UK, Dept of Integrated Strategic Communication), Dan O’Hair (UK, Dept. of Communication) and Jason Unrine (UK, Dept. of Plant and Soil Sciences) Goal: To train citizen scientists to communicate about water quality risks to the public. 

Wireless Emergency Alerting for Earthquake Early Warning. Funded by: United States Geological Survey (2019-2020) Investigators: Jeannette Sutton (UK, Dept. of Communication) and Laura Fischer (UK, Dept of Integrated Strategic Communication).Goal: To assess visual attention allocation to early warning earthquake messages.

Collaborative Research: Online Hazard Communication in the Terse Regime. Measurement, Modeling, and Dynamics. (November 2015-October 2018). Sutton (PI) with Carter T. Butts (PI, University of California Irvine). Funded by the NSF to advance researcher ability to measure and model the processes governing terse-regime (social media) communication in emergency settings, and by linking these to the tasks required of emergency management organizations.