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UT Symposium to Explore Communication Research

Deanna Sellnow

“Leaping Forward in Communication and Information Research” is the theme of the College of Communication and Information’s 34th annual Research Symposium on Feb. 29 on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Deanna Sellnow and Brandi Frisby of the University of Kentucky will deliver the keynote address. They will speak on “Leaping Forward in Crisis Communication Research: Connecting with Audiences in a Rapidly Evolving Information Environment.”

The symposium will be held in the college auditorium (321 Communications), with the poster session located in the foyer outside the auditorium. All events during the symposium are free and open to the public.

“This year’s theme was selected because researchers continue to innovate and change as they develop approaches to studying communication and information,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “The theme also reflects the fact that the symposium is being held on ‘leap day’ — Feb. 29.”

“Deanna Sellnow and Brandi Frisby are internationally recognized experts in risk and crisis communication,” Wirth said. “Given the increased number of crises which governments, corporations and other organizations have to manage, the insights they provide should be of great interest to everyone who attends.”

The symposium begins at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast in the CCI lobby, followed by research paper presentations in the auditorium on the topic of “Advertising Regulations and Research.”

The next paper presentation session begins at 9:30 a.m. on the topic of “Personal and Interpersonal Communication,” and the poster session begins at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby.

Another paper presentation session begins at 11:30 a.m. on the topic of “Issues in News Media.” Lunch begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Scripps Convergence Lab (402 Communications) and will feature the keynote address.

The afternoon paper session on the topic of “Social Media and Free Speech” begins at 2:15 p.m. in the CCI auditorium, and the closing comments and awards ceremony are set for 3:30 p.m. Awards will be given to the best paper by undergraduate students, the best paper by master’s students, the best collaborative paper by faculty and doctoral students, and the best poster.

For more information about the symposium program, call 865-974-6651 or visit