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May 4, 2012

Friday, May 4, 2012

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Dean Mike Wirth presented a co-authored paper, “Future prospects for cable telecommunications in an over-the-top world” at the 2012 BEA Research Symposium: Media Management and Economics Research in a Transmedia Environment, on April 15 in Las Vegas, NV.



Professor Ronald E. Taylor co-authored a paper entitled A strategic response to the financial crisis:  An empirical analysis of financial services advertising before and during the financial crisis” that has been chosen as an Outstanding Paper Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012. Taylor co-authored the paper, published in Journal of Services Marketing, with Taejun (David) Lee (Bradley University) and Wonjun Chung (University of Louisiana at Lafayette).

Associate Professor Candace White’s co-authored article with Kenon Brown (M.S./C&I ’09) and Damion Waymer, “African-American students’ perceptions of public relations education and practice: Implications for minority recruitment,” recently published in Public Relations Review, has been selected as winner of the first University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences Diversity Research Award.

Associate Professor Lisa Fall and her co-authors, Stephanie Kelly and Scott Christen (both CCI PhD candidates), are presenting their paper “Social presence revelations: Determining how students perceive ‘real’ professors in the online classroom” at the upcoming International Communication Association conference in Phoenix. The paper received the Instructional Development Division Award.



Associate Professor Suzie Allard has been named to the Council on Library and Information Resources/Digital Library Foundation Data Curation Fellowship Advisory Board.  “CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning.”  

Allard also served as an invited member of a panel entitled “Data Sharing: Beneficial to Researchers and Society” at the Translational Science 2012 conference in Washington, DC. Other panelists were Ken Pienta, associate dean, clinical & translational research, at the University of Michigan Medical School, and Daniel Ford, vice dean for clinical investigation at the Johns Hopkins University Medical School.

Associate Professor Bharat Mehra has had a poster entitled “Empowering rural librarians as change agents in the 21st century: Development of community-based technology literacy and management outcomes in the southern and central Appalachia” accepted for presentation at the World Library and Information Congress: 78th International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) General Conference and Assembly to be held in August 2012 in Helsinki, Finland. Co-authors are: Vandana Singh, assistant professor; Christopher Mitchell, K. C. Williams, Susan Simmons, and Nancy Renfro. The poster presentation will provide an opportunity for the dissemination of results from the IMLS-funded research on the Information Technology Rural Librarian Master’s Scholarship Program to an international audience.



Assistant Professor Amber Roessner was named Quest Scholar of the Week (

For the seventh year in a row, WUTK has been voted “Knoxville’s Best Radio Station” by the readers of Metro Pulse in the paper’s annual Best of Knoxville poll.  This is the third honor that WUTK has been awarded this school year. 



All this week CICS hosted an NSF DataONE research team meeting at the Baker Center. SIS faculty Bruce Wilson, Suzie Allard, Carol Tenopir, and Kimberly Douglass led the meeting and DataONE Post-Doc Miriam Davis organized logistics. Also participating were SIS faculty member Awa Zhu, CICS staffer Mary Beth West, and CCI doctoral students Ben Birch, Anthony Ahn, Crystal Sherline, Priyanki Sinha, Becca Anderson, Jim Malone, Todd Suomela, and Rebecca Davis. The thirty participants came from Oak Ridge National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, and universities and other organizations from all across the country, plus Australia, Canada, and England. They are members of the DataONE Sociocultural and Usability & Assessment Working groups, plus leadership team, and core cyberinfrastructure team. DataONE is building cyberinfrastructure and a culture of science data sharing.



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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