At noon on March 26, the Department of Communication will present the second annual Hauser Lecture featuring Dr. Dan O'Hair as guest speaker. His topic is "Communication as the Problem and Solution: Understanding the Significance of Applied Communication Research." The one-hour lecture, free to the general public, will take place at the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre in the Communication Arts and Sciences Building.

Dr. O'Hair is a nationally recognized expert in the field of crisis and health communication. He and his colleagues at the Center for Risk and Crisis Management at the University of Oklahoma study communication patterns in natural disasters and risk situations. They research how communication flows or is impeded during situations like hurricane and tornado preparation and recovery.

O'Hair has researched and written extensively about health risks such as cancer and HIV. His particular interest is developing effective communication campaigns with issues related to cancer.

The Hauser Lecture is made possible from the Henry W. and Margaret H. Hauser Endowed Chair in Communication. The Hauser's, originally from Kansas, but longtime residents of the Rio Grande Valley, established the Henry W. and Margaret H. Hauser endowment in 1989. The endowment was created because Mrs. Hauser had a life-long desire to improve people’s communication skills.

For special accommodations or additional information, call 381-3581 or 381-3583 during regular university hours.