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Minot State University opens new communication lab

The lab is set up for research purposes or two-way communication, but has the ability to serve many other purposes for both students and faculty on campus.

Minot State communication lab
Minot State University’s broadcasting and professional communication department has a new Communication Matters lab. The lab is located on the west first floor of Hartnett Hall.
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MINOT, N.D. • The broadcasting and professional communication department at Minot State University recently revealed its new Communication Matters lab.

Located on the west first floor of Hartnett Hall, the lab can be used by communication majors and anyone else on campus for communication research or work.

“It started with buy-in from all of our faculty who conduct research and do various teaching exercises on a daily basis,” Christina Paxman, associate professor and program coordinator for the professional communication department, said in a news release.

“A lot of what we do is already done in our offices or classrooms, but we really need a space dedicated to all of those things that would have additional tools that we don’t have. It’s a teaching and research resource for students and faculty. The space can be used by members of other departments whose work resembles some aspect of communication.”

According to the school, the lab is set up for research purposes or two-way communication, but has the ability to serve many other purposes for both students and faculty on campus.

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“One of the great things about the lab is that we have three cameras that can allow us to videotape and analyze the communication from multiple perspectives. It also has a ceiling mounted microphone, a TV screen, and rolling stackable chairs,” Paxman said.

“We’ve had all the chairs out and in a circle to conduct a focus group for my public relations class. And we’ve had the chairs stacked and moved to the side so a student can give a practice speech for intro to public speaking. Those are just a couple examples of what we do, but other things include one on one interviews with research participants, mock job interviews, guest lectures, and even teaching exercises,”

The lab is also equipped with collaborative ultra for classes to use for a better learning experience.

Paxman said she is excited about the lab as she is working on her own project, using the lab to conduct research and analyze individuals on their behaviors.

“My next project is going to be exploring the communication behaviors of binge eaters," she said. "For example, privacy management, how they garner social support, if and how they experience social control, so that’s something where I would be conducting one on one interviews with people who might be in the Minot area, or they could be via Zoom with people around the country."

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