Dr. Peter Andersen will present the 20th Thompson Lecture on March 29th

Dr. Peter AndersenDr. Anderson will present “Sun Safety on the Slopes: A Health Communication Campaign on Sun Safety” on Monday, March 29th, 7:30 pm in the Sandburg Theatre.

Dr. Peter Andersen is professor of Communication at San Diego State University and has degrees from University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois State University and Florida State University.

He has done extensive research on interpersonal relationships, persuasion and, nonverbal communication. Much of his recent research focuses on cancer prevention, sun safety, helmet safety, tobacco control, and homeland security, with recent publications in the Journal of Communication, The Journal of Health Communication, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Cancer Prevention and Control The Handbook of Risk and Crisis Communication, Health Education and Behavior, Injury Prevention, Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Pediatric Dermatology, and Trauma.

He has been an investigator or consultant on 11 health communication grant teams from NCI, CDC, and the office of Homeland Security. He has authored over 150 book chapters, research papers, and journal articles, as well as 5 books, including, The Handbook of Communication and Emotion. He has also published over 125 journal articles and book chapters. He has received recognition as one of the 100 most published scholars in the history of communication. Andersen has published three recent books. Nonverbal Communication: Forms and Functions (2008), Close Encounters: Communication in Relationships (2007), with Laura Guerrero and Walid Afifi, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Body Language (2004).

Western’s annual lecture is named in honor of Wayne Thompson, a WIU alumnus and noted professor of speech communication. The Thompson endowment makes possible a number of departmental programs to enhance learning and scholarship in the field of communication, including the annual Thompson Lecture which is given by a prominent scholar in the field.

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