Entrapment and Digital Stress.  Easy access to our friends and family through mobile devices is a double-edged sword. When others are always accessible us - and us to them - we become tethered to our devices. How do we manage the feelings of dependency, guilt, and entrapment that comes with perpetual access?  Do we feel anxious about how others evaluate our online selves, and are do we become more aware of being excluded because of social media?

Communicate Bond Belong Theory. This theory offers a way to understand the social ecology of our everyday communication. It can be used to answer questions such as, what role does social contact and conversation play in our daily and global well-being? How do we find the right balance between being with others and being alone?

The Social Biome Project.  What do we talk about during our everyday conversations?  How does conversation influence how we feel about our relationship partners and our sense of connectedness to one another?  Does preservative cognition detract from our social health and well-being? What types of communication episodes promote our sense of connection to one another? 


One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times
KU Today