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UW-Eau Claire Students Honored for Radio Show on Cultural Communication

RELEASED: April 2, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — Four students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire have been recognized for their work on a radio program that focuses on the influence of culture on communication.

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association honored a segment of "Culture Talk" with a second place award in the Public Affairs/Talk Show (Radio) category at the WBA Student Awards for Excellence ceremony in March.

The episode featured an interview with UW-Eau Claire international student Anna Bakhtiyarova, a graduate student from Ukraine who is in the communication sciences and disorders program.

Nessa Severson Anne Moser Pierce Koch
Joe Tierney Dr. Judy Sims Clockwise, from top left: Nessa Severson, Anne Moser, Pierce Koch, Dr. Judy Sims, Joe Tierney.

"Culture Talk," part of a UW-Eau Claire student-faculty collaborative research project, is produced by seniors Nessa Severson, New Glarus, Anne Moser, Hudson, and Pierce Koch, Green Bay; and sophomore Joe Tierney, Shawano. Dr. Judy Sims, professor of communication and journalism, serves as faculty adviser. The segment featuring Bakhtiyarova was the sixth episode of "Culture Talk." Fourteen additional episodes have since been recorded.

"With each 'Culture Talk' interview and recording, we have learned more about intercultural communication and improved our interviewing, editing and sound engineering skills," said Sims.

"Culture Talk" is funded by a grant from the UW-Eau Claire Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, a UW System Institute on Race and Ethnicity grant and funding from UW-Eau Claire's department of communication and journalism.

"Culture Talk" broadcasts will be featured on WUEC-89.7 FM from 6-7 p.m. every Sunday through May 17.

Students will share results from the "Culture Talk" research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in La Crosse April 16 and at UW-Eau Claire's Student Research Day April 27.

For more information, contact Sims at simsjr@uwec.edu.

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