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April 27, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

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The College’s Risk, Health & Crisis Communication Research Unit announced its annual summer research fellowship recipients for 2012. They are Betsy Dalton, second-year doctoral student in Communication Studies, and Melissa Graham, first-year doctoral student in Advertising and Public Relations. Each summer research fellowship recipient will receive $3,500. It was a very competitive application pool and the research unit’s directors, Michael J. Palenchar, associate professor, and Elizabeth J. Avery, assistant professor, appreciate the efforts of everyone who applied.

Michael J. Palenchar is presenting a paper entitled “Social media and food safety crises: The potential risks of unconfirmed messages” at the International Communication Association’s (ICA) annual conference in Phoenix, AZ, in May. The paper is co-authored with Karen Freberg (PhD ’11) who is an assistant professor at the University of Louisville.

Palenchar’s panel session, entitled “Considering the role of organizations as collective external rhetors,” which is based on a 2011 special issue of Management Communication Quarterly that he co-edited with Robert Heath, University of Houston, and Maureen Taylor, University of Oklahoma, was also accepted for presentation at ICA.

Palenchar is also presenting his paper, “Augmented reality, crisis informatics, and gamification processes: Emergence of mobile communication specializations within crisis and risk communication practices,” at an ICA preconference entitled “Mobile communication, community and locative media.” The paper is co-authored with Karen Freberg.



Chancellor’s Professor Carol Tenopir participated in an invited round table discussion at the British Library titled “Moving towards an open access future: The role of academic libraries” on April 26.

Associate Professor Bharat Mehra has organized a five-paper panel session on “Social justice in library and information science” at the 4th Annual Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries Conference. The conference will be held in Limerick, Ireland, May 22-26. Mehra is also presenting a paper in the session entitled “The social justice framework in the Information Technology Rural Librarian Master’s Scholarship Program: Bridging the rural digital divides,” co-authored with Kimberly Black, former assistant professor; Vandana Singh, assistant professor;  Jenna Nolt; K. C. Williams, lecturer; Susan Simmons; and Nancy Renfro. All the session papers will be published in the QQML Proceedings and their abstracts are available at URL:



Professor Ben Bates is an invited speaker/panelist for a roundtable discussion titled “New Media Challenges and Policies in a Global World” at the 10th Annual International Conference on Communication and Mass Media to be held in Athens in May 2012.

Director and Professor Peter Gross has been asked to continue to serve on the selection committee for the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program’s (EPS) USAID Missions in Eurasia (Media and Politics).  He is one of only nine academics from across the country to have been selected for this honor.



May 6, 3 – 5 pm

Annual CCI Doctoral Tea, home of Carol Tenopir and Jerry Lundeen

May 10, 8:30 -10 am

CCI Spring Commencement, Thompson-Boling Arena


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