The Department of Communication Recognition Ceremony for Communication and Journalism students will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, in the PE Gym. We do not anticipate tickets will be necessary for guests. More details to come. A photo gallery from the 2016 ceremony in SEFCU Arena is available on our Facebook page.
Dr. Matthew Matsaganis recently presented the official report on New York City’s Ethnic Media in the ￼Digital Age, a study funded through a grant from the Center for Community and Ethnic Media and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. Three COM graduate students, two PhD students (Xin Zhou and Cici Cui-Laughton) and MA student (Zhong Zheng), assisted in the research project. To download the report and view the slides, select this link: http://ccem.journalism.cuny.edu/…/new-york-citys-ethnic-me…/ Matsaganis, principal investigator of the study, shared key findings based on a survey of more than 100 ethnic media outlets and numerous follow-up interviews with ethnic media producers. The report offers a detailed look at how the ethnic media sector in NYC is adopting technological innovations, what challenges these media face in incorporating new communication technologies into their everyday professional practices, and ideas about how to address these challenges successfully.
Department of Communication welcomes a new Undergraduate Studies Advisor, Kate Sechler. Ms. Sechler will be advising all COM and JRL majors and minors. Her office is located inside the Communication Department suite in Social Science 351. Undergraduate students can reach Ms. Sechler at ComAdv@albany.edu or call 518-442-4875 for an appointment. Ms. Sechler replaces Daniel Capogna who left UAlbany earlier this year. We’re looking into using a new system of signing up online for advisement appointments; more information about that will follow soon. All undergraduate majors will continue to have a faculty mentor whose name is listed on your DARS report.
Dr. Archana Krishnan of the Department of Communication and Dr. Frederick Altice of Yale University have been awarded a two-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) R21 grant (R21DA039842) to study the impact of mHealth tools on medication adherence behaviors among HIV-infected cocaine users. Project SMART will implement cellular-enabled electronic pill boxes and smartphones to track real-time medication intake and use automated versus clinician feedback to improve adherence and consequently HIV health outcomes.
Two new full-time faculty have joined the department this fall. Piotr Szpunar, PhD University of Pennsylvania, 2014, is teaching a new course "Communicating Terror: Political Violence & Media." Masahiro Yamamoto, PhD Washington State University, 2012, is teaching a new course "Digital and Social Media in Strategic Communication."
Congratulations to the Communication and Journalism students who graduated in Spring 2016. Our featured speaker was Communication alum Chris Brennan '88, senior vice president of Global Retail Development for the NBA. He was also the guest speaker at a September 2016 event on campus where he spoke about his career, what he currently does and how UAlbany helped get him there, as well as the NBA's internship program. Commencement photos can be seen on our Facebook page.
Assistant Professor Archana Krishnan was named an mHealth Scholar for the 2016 UCLA mHealth Training Institute (mHTI) to be held at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from August 8-12, 2016. This week-long immersion program provides 30 selected participants with a core educational grounding in mHealth perspectives and methodologies and helps foster the intrapersonal and interpersonal skills and attitudes necessary for transdisciplinary collaborations.
Assistant Professor Alyssa Morey has been selected for the Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Leave Program for the Fall 2016 semester. This competitive award enhances employment opportunities for people who are preparing for permanent or continuing appointments with preference given to minorities, women, employees with disabilities, or an employee with military status.
The Department of Communication launched a new professional development series this semester called "Communication, Careers, and Cookies". Undergraduate students studying Communication and/or Journalism are invited to the event which is intended to be an intimate conversation with a UAlbany Department of Communication alum or another professional with a Communication background who is working in a communication-based field. Our inaugural speaker was alum Mary Christiano '91 '93 (communication director with PIA Management Services and current PhD student) on landing that first job and beyond in public relations. Our speakers on the field of marketing were Brittany Gilman (Zone 5 social media strategist) and Victoria Barbeisch (former Zone 5 account executive and current lecturer and PhD student at UAlbany).
The Department of Communication Recognition Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 14, at 12:30 p.m. at SEFCU Arena. Fall 2015 and Summer 2016 COM graduates who wish to participate should contact the COM office at 518-442-4871. A photo gallery from the 2015 ceremony can be found on our Facebook page.
Assistant Professor Nicolas Bencherki and MA student James P. Snack recently published a paper in Management Communication Quarterly where they criticize the way organizational communication researchers tend to emphasize the interpretations “members” make of their organization. However, they show that there are many organizations – and this is particularly true of community-based organizations (CBOs) – where membership is not always clear. For example, volunteers may work for several organizations at once, and CBOs often work in partnerships, making the boundaries of membership unclear. The two researchers therefore suggest a research strategy that allows observing the way people themselves make sense of who’s a member and who’s not, rather than assuming that formal membership represents the actual intricacies of everyday work at CBOs.
COM Department Chair Annis Golden, Project Director and Associate Professor, and Matthew Matsaganis, COM Associate Professor were on the team that helped the Womens Health Project in Hudson, NY, obtain a $50,000 Dyson Foundation grant which will provide funding for peer counselors, training and programming critical to the functions of WHP.
Check out a talk by Steve Greenstein '94 who returned to campus on Oct. 8 to speak to students about careers in TV. The video stops at about 56 minutes.
COM alum Steve Greenstein '94, founder of Squad 47 Films, will speak about his experience getting into the TV business and what kinds of careers exist after graduation. The talk is Thursday, Oct. 8, 4:15-5:45 p.m. in Humanities 354. Reception to follow. Thank you to the UAlbany Alumni Association for their support. Flyer
For Fall 2015, 162 students, including 29 transferring here from other colleges, were admitted to the Department of Communication. For more information about how to become a COM major, check out these instructions: http://www.albany.edu/communication/apply-major.php
The Department of Communication welcomes new faculty members Lauren Bryant and Archana Krishnan, as well as undergraduate studies advisor Dan Capogna.
In June 2015, the College of Arts and Sciences announced an administrative change that moves Journalism to the Department of Communication: "Currently housed in the Department of English, effective Fall 2015 the Journalism program will move to the Department of Communication. All faculty will retain their current departmental affiliation (two have their home in Communication, one in English). The Journalism program is more in alignment with the Department of Communication and this change will facilitate further collaboration between faculty in both areas."
The 2015 Department of Communication Recognition Ceremony was held on May 16 at SEFCU Arena with 213 undergraduates earning Bachelor's Degrees and 9 earning Master's Degrees between Fall 2014 and Spring 2015.
Thank you to Communication alum NYC Council Member Ben Kallos '02 for returning to campus to be our guest speaker.
Cecilia Guo was given Richard W. Wilkie Award for the Outstanding Undergraduate in Communication. The award is named after Dr. Wilkie, an emeritus member of the Communication faculty who urged his students to attain excellence, especially in argumentation and public discourse. Ms. Guo, the first in her family to graduate from college, plans to work for a socially-responsible company or non-profit.
For photos and a video from this year's ceremony, check out the photo album on our Facebook page.
Congratulations to Crystal Brandow of Catskill who was named as the 2015 Graduate Student Research Award winner.
Ms. Brandow has worked with the Department of Communication as both an adjunct professor and a research assistant.
Her research interests include broader, interdisciplinary topics related to mass media representations, health disparities, and public health communication.
Congratulations to 113 UAlbany students and 18 transfer students to date who have been admitted to the Communication major for Spring 2015. Welcome! Students interested in majoring in Communication can check out our online information for admission requirements. Students considering minoring in Communication can fill out a form provided by the Registrar.
Professors Alan Belasen and Barry Eisenberg, who both teach in our graduate program, have authored "Mastering Leadership: A Vital Resource for Health Care Organizations" (with John W Huppertz, Associate Professor, Union Graduate College). From the publisher: "Mastering Leadership defines and clarifies the extraordinary challenges leaders in the healthcare industry are facing and will continue to confront in the coming years. The book advances a model of leadership that enables executives to steer their organizations through the maze of uncertainty created by legislative, economic, demographic, clinical, information management, and political change. With contributions from leading scholars and experts in the field, the authors skillfully demonstrate how the transformational demands of leadership can be effectively integrated with the transactional and operational necessities of managing." More on the book: http://www.jblearning.com/catalog/9781284043235/
We’re excited to announce a new opportunity for Communication majors to interact with a member of the UAlbany Career Services staff. This special arrangement begins Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Social Science 351C, and will continue every other week. Like us on Facebook to keep up with the schedule. A Career Services representative will speak to COM students one-on-one about career opportunities and how to use the services provided by the Career Services office.
Congratulations to 135 UAlbany students and 38 transfer students to date who have been admitted to the Communication major for Fall 2014. Welcome!
"Understanding Ethnic Media," a 2010 book co-authored by Department of Communication's Matthew Matsaganis (along with Vikki Katz and Sandra Ball-Rokeach), was cited in The Atlantic magazine article "Newspapers That Aren't Dying." Assistant Professor Matsaganis regularly teaches UAlbany classes in Ethnic Media; Communication and Global Organizations; and Communication, Community and Health.
This year's department commencement ceremony was held at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 17, at SEFCU Arena for B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. students. Our commencement speech was delivered by Susan Arbetter, Emmy Award-winning host and producer of the syndicated public radio program the Capitol Pressroom. For photos and a video from this year's ceremony, check out our Facebook page. Not on Facebook? Here's a link to our video: http://animoto.com/play/Gk5LQSn7XNJyTz11M8jSOQ
Muriel Scott, who successfully defended her dissertation earlier this year, received the Department of Communication’s 2014 Graduate Research Award. Dr. Scott's achievements include two publications in peer-reviewed academic journals, a third manuscript under publication consideration, and several presentations at academic conferences, such as those of the International Communication Association (ICA), the National Communication Association (NCA), and the Eastern Communication Association (ECA). While at UAlbany, Dr. Scott also worked as the lead research assistant on an NIH supported project, under the direction of the project’s Principal Investigator, Dr. Annis Golden. Dr. Scott will be leaving UAlbany this summer, as she has accepted an offer for a faculty position at Winona State University in Minnesota.
Senior Joseph T. Meringolo was awarded the Richard W. Wilkie Award for the Outstanding Undergraduate in Communication. The award is named after Dr. Wilkie, an emeritus member of the Communication faculty who urged his students to attain excellence, especially in argumentation and public discourse. Meringolo spoke to his fellow graduates at commencement. After college, Mr. Meringolo will be teaching English in Japan through the JET program. When his contract expires, he plans to return to the U.S. for graduate studies.
It is with considerable sadness that we write to let you know that adjunct professor Dr. John Foldy passed away in late April. A graduate of our program, Dr. Foldy worked as an adjunct at several Capital Region colleges beginning in 1993. He regularly taught COM classes in media and leadership since Fall 2010. Dr. Foldy loved music and played in several bands in the region. His friends organized a musical memorial on May 17. Mike Foldy, John’s brother, said one of John’s proudest moments was when he opened for the Grateful Dead while at U.C. Davis in the late 1980s. Dr. Foldy will be missed by his friends and colleagues and his former students in the Department of Communication.
Congratulations to 54 Communication students who were inducted into the Nu Alpha Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA). Of the new inductees, 38 will be graduating in a few weeks. The inductees were welcomed by Department Chair Annis Golden and LPH advisor Michael Barberich. Professor BJ Fehr was the guest speaker and her discourse reflected upon globalization and communication, demonstrating that rhetoric is a universal art but is not practiced universally. Also attending were COM Professors William Husson and Emilie Gould. At this time, senior Bita Roofeh is the president of the Nu Alpha chapter and senior Michael Nakashian is the vice-president. New leadership will be selected at the next meeting on April 24. For more details on Lambda Pi Eta: http://www.albany.edu/communication/ug_lpe.php
Fashion entrepreneur/designer/Communication graduate Evan Ross ' 92 will be one of the guest speakers at the Wednesday, March 26, "From UAlbany to the Runway" discussion. The event, sponsored by the UAlbany Alumni Association, will be held in the Standish Room starting at 4:30 p.m. The event is free but registration requested.
Congratulations to 105 UAlbany students and 16 transfer students who were just admitted to the Communication major for Spring 2014. Welcome!
Welcome back: Communication graduate Lisa Lillien '87 - better know these days as "Hungry Girl" - was the featured speaker at a packed ballroom luncheon Friday, Oct. 18, as part of the festivities for Homecoming and Parents Weekend. She is a New York Times best-selling author and the creator of the Hungry Girl brand. She is the founder of www.hungry-girl.com, the free daily email service that entertains and informs hungry people everywhere. Check out the video introduction.
Top paper: Congratulations to Ph.D. student Roger Gans whose paper "The Politics of HPV Vaccination Advocacy: Effects of Source Expertise on Effectiveness of a Pro-Vaccine Message" was recognized as the top graduate student paper presented at the 71st annual New York State Communication Association (NYSCA) conference (Oct. 18-20) in Ellenville, N.Y., at Honor's Haven Resort.
Conference presenters: A paper submitted by a team of four Department of Communication international graduate students was recently accepted by The New York State Communication Association (NYSCA). Organizational and health communication students Yujin Kwon, Sreyashi Chakravarty, Xiaoyi Zhao, and Sarah Cho, pictured left to right, will be presenting their paper “An Investigation Into Access to Traditional Health Care Among the Chinese, Indian, and Korean Communities of Albany” at NYSCA’s conference Oct. 18-20 in Ellenville, N.Y. These master’s degree students hail from South Korea, China and India.
The paper was produced out of the student’s graduate course “Community, Communication, and Health” with Professor Matthew Matsaganis in Spring 2013. This is the third paper developed in the same course over the past two years that will be presented at NYSCA.
At the same conference, Ph.D. student Roger Gans will present his paper, "The Politics of HPV Vaccination Advocacy: Effects of Source Expertise on Effectiveness of a Pro-Vaccine Message." It is a study of the influence of spokesperson expertise on the effectiveness of pro-HPV vaccination advocacy messages delivered to people of differing political ideologies. The findings, contrary to popular practice and most people’s intuition, suggest that non-experts may be more effective than experts as spokespeople for controversial science-based recommendations.
In November, Ph.D. candidate and Department of Communication adjunct professor Muriel E. Scott will present her paper at the National Communication Association Conference in Washington, D.C. “I’m a Home Health Aide, Not a Home Health Maid” is a role dialectic study of home-based direct-care workers.
Welcome: As the Fall 2013 semester begins, we are pleased to welcome two new assistant professors to the Department of Communication: Nicolas Bencherki and Alyssa Morey. Nicolas Bencherki holds a dual Ph.D. in organizational communication from Université de Montréal and in sociology of action from Sciences Po Paris. Alyssa Morey received her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University.
We also welcome 179 new Communication majors for the Fall 2013 semester, including 45 transfer students. The Department is currently accepting applications for Spring 2014 admission.
Collins Award: The University has named Professor Teresa Harrison a Collins Fellow, one of the University's highest awards. The Collins Fellowship award is intended to acknowledge the efforts of faculty who are exemplars of the highest levels of institutional commitment and service.
Social media: The Department of Communication has launched a Facebook page. Some recent additions include photos from the Commencement ceremony.
WHP Honored: The Women's Health Project (see story below in March 2013) has also been honored by UAlbany with a 2013 President's Award for Exemplary Community Engagement. The awards are part of President Robert Jones’ efforts to advance UAlbany’s progress as a community-engaged research university.
Wilkie Award: Communication major Natasha Cooper is the winner of the 2012-2013 Richard Wilkie Award for the Outstanding Undergraduate in Communication. She was recognized at the May 18 commencement ceremony at SEFCU Arena where she also addressed her fellow graduates. Ms. Cooper intends to pursue a law degree at Emory University Law School in Atlanta. The award is named after Dr. Wilkie, an emeritus member of the Communication faculty who urged his students to attain excellence, especially in argumentation and public discourse.
Commencement Speaker: David Guistina, MA' 95, is the keynote speaker for the Department of Communication Spring Commencement ceremony. Mr. Guistina is a producer and news anchor at the Albany-based WAMC/Northeast Public Radio. Find his speech here.
Lambda Pi Eta: The Department of Communication would like to congratulate the 55 new members who were inducted to LPH in April 2013. David Belsky, the director of university relations for SUNY, spoke to the students on the importance of character and credibility in public communication.
Commencement: In honor of our graduating Graduate and Undergraduate students, the faculty members of the Department of Communication will hold a Departmental Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 18, at 12:30 p.m. in SEFCU Arena. All eligible students have been emailed details. The event is open to the public and no tickets are needed for admission. During the ceremony, students are individually recognized and their pictures taken. Graduating students should arrive by noon at the Physical Education Building across from SEFCU Arena wearing caps and gowns.
Guest lecture: Please join us for a presentation by Prof. Stan Deetz of the University of Colorado, Boulder titled: “The Collaborative Turn and What It Means for the Theory and Practice of Communication.” This presentation will take place on Thursday, April 18, in LC 20 at 6 p.m. Professor Deetz is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar of organizational communication. Past President of the International Communication Association, Prof. Deetz is the author of over 12 books and 140 articles and book chapters addressing topics related to the design of human interaction and processes of institutional change and decision making in commercial, civic, and governmental organizations. His work has focused on developing our understanding of governance and decision making processes that promote collaborative communication practices and organizational forms, which in turn yield higher quality decisions, more productive collaboration among stakeholders, and richer democratic contexts. Always engaging, stimulating, and provocative, Prof. Deetz will discuss his latest work on these issues, and respond to your questions and comments. Please see the flyer for more information about his talk.
Chancellor's Award: Communication major Samantha Arpino is among 10 UAlbany recipients of the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. This prestigious award recognizes those students in the graduating class who have demonstrated the highest levels of academic excellence and made significant contributions to campus life at the University at Albany. This award is a tribute to their hard work and commitment to excellence during their undergraduate experience. The award recipients will be honored at a SUNY-wide ceremony on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at the Empire State Plaza.
Health project on Education Honor Roll: A health initiative overseen by Department of Communication faculty has contributed to the University at Albany earning a place on the 2013 U.S. President’s Higher Education Honor Roll. This national designation is granted by the Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS) to those colleges and universities that address and impact community needs, particularly those of low-income individuals.
The purpose of WHP is to inform and assist women in obtaining quality health care. More specifically, it works to encourage women in Hudson, N.Y., particularly those who face cultural, financial, or geographic barriers, to use services for reproductive health, including screening for breast and cervical cancer.
“We are honored to have been included as part of the application that the University put forward. It’s very gratifying to see our community partners receive the recognition that this designation confers,” said Dr. Annis Golden, Director of Women's Health Project. Golden is also Chair of the Department of Communication and Research Associate at the Center for Elimination of Minority Health Disparities (CEMHD) at UAlbany.
Golden, Matsaganis and Jeanette Johnson, the Project’s community outreach associate (pictured above, far right), worked with ten healthcare and social service providers to conduct reproductive health education events over the period covered by the award. As a result, 134 people attended these events and 61 reproductive health screenings were scheduled. The program also trained seven peer educators (three of whom are shown above, doing community outreach in the lobby of Bliss Towers, Hudson, N.Y.) who serve as bridges between the community and local human service agencies. These peer educators were successful in making 650 contacts with local residents.
CEMHD engages communities in small New York cities and towns to plan, implement and test strategies to eliminate minority health disparities.
The Department of Communication welcomes 99 new majors and more than 30 minors for Spring 2013.
Associate Professor Annis Golden has been appointed to a three-year term as chair of the Department of Communication. Dr. Golden joined the Department of Communication in 2002. She is currently Associate Professor and Faculty Associate of the University’s Center for Elimination of Minority Health Disparities. Her teaching and research focus on health communication and organizational communication, with particular concentration on how individual-organization relationships impact health and well being, in the context of both employee-employer relationships and external stakeholders’ relationships with health and human service organizations.
Department of Communication educators Assistant Professor Rosemary Armao and Professor Nancy Roberts, who both teach in UAlbany's Journalism Program, are part of a team from UAlbany, in partnership with Tunisia's Institut de Presse et des Sciences de l’Information (IPSI – The Press and Information Science Institute), who will develop and implement a master’s degree in investigative journalism with a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State. The two-year degree program will focus primarily on investigative techniques, information sourcing and law. IPSI is responsible for training Tunisia’s next generation of media professionals. "People have put their lives on the line to win transparency and accountability from their government," Armao said. "We are keen to support this project and pleased that the State Department has chosen us for this important assignment." (At left, Rosemary Armao, Nancy Roberts and Thomas Bass, professor of English and journalism. Photo by Mark Schmidt)
Professor Bill Husson was a featured expert on a WNYT-13 broadcast Oct. 11commenting on that night's vice-presidential debate and a preview of the next presidental debate. "Everybody's going to be looking to see if he (President Obama) changes his demeanor and responds with what a lot of people feel is a stronger emotional tone," Husson said.
Applications are still being accepted for the Spring 2013 full-time internship program in communication. Applications are available outside Social Science 363. The application deadline is Monday, Oct. 1. The full-time communication internship allows juniors and seniors to earn 15 academic credits for full-time supervised work in a professional communication environment. Students may seek internships in the Albany area, as well as areas outside Albany, including New York City. Students may perform internships in both profit-based and non-profit organizations. Previous interns have done work in non-profit community service and volunteer organizations, as well as in profit-based organizations focused on broadcasting, publishing, public relations, marketing, lobbying, and more. Lists of potential internship placements in these and other areas are available from the Communication Department. Interviews will be scheduled for Monday, Oct. 1, and Thursday, Oct. 4. Recent details were sent to students by email on Sept. 24.
Dr. Giovanna Dell’Orto, University of Minnesota will lecture on American Journalism and International Relations: Foreign Correspondence from the Early Republic to the Digital Era Thursday, Sept. 27, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., University at Albany Assembly Hall, Campus Center.
Spring 2013 advance registration planning appointments will take place Oct. 8-15. Sign up now outside the department office for your appointment to obtain registration permission numbers. Students were notifed by email on Sept. 14.
The Department of Communication welcomes 176 students to the major for Fall 2012. Students interested in applying for Spring 2013 consideration can find an application on our Forms page.
Joseph Abisaid joins the Department of Communication as a Visiting Assistant Professor for the academic year beginning Fall 2012. Professor Abisaid recently received his Ph.D. in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Communication majors and minors may make an appointment to speak with a member of the department for answers to questions regarding their program of study, graduation requirements, degree audits, registration, etc. Details here.
Dean Edelgard Wulfert has announced that ProfessorAnnis Golden, left, will serve as Chair of the Department of Communication beginning with the Spring Semester 2013 and serving through August of 2015. Professor Teri Harrison has agreed to serve as Interim Chair for the department during the Fall Semester 2012 beginning July 15 when Dr. Golden is on sabbatical leave. Professor Jeanette Altarriba finished her two-year term as chair this month and returns to serve as Chair of the Department of Psychology.
Department of Communication Chair Dr. Jeanette Altarriba has been selected to receive the American Psycolological Assocation's 2012 Minority Fellowship Program Dalmas A. Taylor Award for her outstanding contributions towards the development of ethnic minority psychologists. The award presentation will be made at the American Psychological Association Convention in Orlando, FL, in early August.
The Department of Commuication has hired M. Monica Bartoszek as Assistant to the Chair. Ms. Bartoszek has an extensive background in journalism as well as staff and fiscal management. She recently worked at SUNY Center for International Development as Outreach Coordinator managing their publications, website and social media. She also is an adjunct professor at The College of Saint Rose.
Nancy Roberts, left, gave the keynote address, "Firing the Canon: The Historical Search for Literary Journalism's Missing Links" at the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies (pdf page 2) in Toronto, Canada in May. She also organized and was a panelist in a session on the future of The New Yorker in the digital age, and moderated another paper session. In March, she moderated a paper panel at the Joint Journalism and Communication Historians annual meeting in New York City. Since Fall 2011, Nancy Roberts has been the book review editor for "Literary Journalism Studies," the scholarly journal of the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies.
Rosemary Armao and journalists at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) were named winners of the 2011 Daniel Pearl Award. The $5,000 award, granted biennially by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, recognizes the world's best transnational journalism project. The award was announced on October 15, 2011, at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Kyiv, Ukraine.