Leona Yi-Fan Su (MPA ’14) joined the Department of Communication at the University of Utah as assistant professor in communicating science, health, environment and risk and a faculty affiliate in the Global Change and Sustainability Center. Su earned her doctorate in mass communications from UW-Madison’s Department of Life Sciences Communication in 2016.
Her research interests include new media, science and environmental communication, public opinion, and policy making. Su is particularly interested in studying how online media influences public attitudes and behavioral intentions. Her work has been published in Information, Communication, and Society; Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly; Science Communication; and Science and Public Policy.
A member of the La Follette School chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha, Su was a project assistant for two National Science Foundation‐funded research projects during her doctoral studies and a research group member for the Science, Media and the Public Lab in UW’s Department of Life Sciences Communication.
Su received a 2016 Graduate Peer Mentor Award from the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding, and Office of Professional Development and Communications in UW’s Graduate School. The award recognizes graduate students who have made positive impacts on their research-mates, advisors, program staff, undergraduates, and many others with whom they interact. She also received an Academic Achievement Award in 2016 from UW’s International Student Services.