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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 5, 2006

Graduate Student Pens Award-Winning Thesis

Kristen Norwood, a communications studies graduate student in the University of Iowa Graduate College, is the recipient of the 2006 Outstanding Thesis Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender. Norwood's study is titled "Women in Conflict: an Exploratory Study of Conflict Between Women in Initial Interactions."

Norwood is a first-year student in the doctoral program in the Department of Communication Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where she works with communications professors Steve Duck and Leslie Baxter in the field of interpersonal and relational communication. At Iowa, she intends to continue research in the area of her thesis, which analyzes conflict between women in interpersonal relationships.

She was attracted to Iowa as the setting for her advanced degree by the reputations of Duck and Baxter. "They are both pillars of the field, and I could not pass up the opportunity to work with them," Norwood said.

The thesis, completed as part of Norwood's 2006 master's degree from the University of Arkansas, was directed by Dr. Lynne Webb. Norwood earned her bachelor of science degree in Speech Communication from the University of Central Arkansas in 2003.

Norwood will formally receive the award at the organization's annual conference in October 2006.

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