CCTS: Adventures in Research Comic Book

CCTS creates its very first comic book!  Interested in getting a copy for you or your community/school?  CLICK HERE! >>>

 

A young college freshman struggles with nicotine dependence and overcomes adversity with the support of his friends, family, and peers.
 

Ickes, center, was selected as winner of the CCTS Science Communication Comic Book Challenge. She is joined by Joel Thompson, PhD, research development director, and Bryan Sanders, marketing assistant and illustrator.

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR- Joel Thompson, PhD

This comic is about the perception of electronic cigarette use amongst college students.  The data were collected using survey tools, distributed to incoming freshmen over several semesters starting in 2017.  The results were used to inform and update the current tobacco prevention strategies used by health education and health promotion experts on college campuses and K-12 classrooms.  

LETTER FROM THE WRITER- Melinda Ickes, PhD

I collaborated with college ambassadors to develop an e-cigarette youth prevention and empowerment program, which reinforced the need to think outside of the box when we are communicating with young people about issues that directly impact them. This comic book combines the passion I have for this topic, research we conducted to provide impetus for change in our own community, a storyline guided by wanting to support youth who have struggled with dependence on e-cigarettes and other substances, and the optimism that we can make a difference. I hope you enjoy the story and characters and I look forward to your feedback.

 

ADVENTURES IN RESEARCH @ 2021 CCTS SPRING RESEARCH DAYS EVENT

Several lucky attendees at the 2021 Virtual Spring Research Days Event entered to win a FREE comic book!  Winners will be announced soon!

CCTS comic book contest research day

COMMUNICATING SCIENCE AND ENGAGING YOUNG IN E-CIGARETTE PREVENTION THROUGH COMICS

Learn More about the Process from the Development Team here:

 

CCTS Adventures in Research Comic Book

 

Questions? Contact Our Team

  • Bryan Sanders

    Creative Director

    Bryan.sanders@uky.edu

    Bryan Sanders
  • Joel Thompson, PhD

    Editor in Chief

    Joel.thompson@uky.edu

    Joel Thompson, PhD
  • Melinda Ickes, PhD

    Writer

    Melinda.ickes@uky.edu

    Melinda Ickes, PhD
  • Ashley Hall, MS

    Developmental Editor

    agtayl3@uky.edu

    Ashley Hall