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February 26, 2010

Inside CCI

The newsletter for College of Communication and Information faculty, staff, and students.


Haley given “College Kudos”
During UT’s Faculty Appreciation Week, Feb. 17-23, deans and administrators from each college were asked to suggest a faculty member who deserves special “kudos.” Advertising Professor Eric Haley was featured in the “College Kudos” series on February 22. 

Manuscript on childhood obesity debate accepted for publication

Assistant Professor Courtney Childers and Professor Mariea Hoy’s manuscript, “Partnering with Parents: Suggestions for Food Marketers and Retailers in the Ongoing Childhood Obesity Debate,” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Food Products Marketing.

Ph.D. student Lee wins dissertation competition
Taejun Lee, communication and information doctoral candidate, has been selected as the winner of the 2010 American Academy of Advertising (AAA) Dissertation Competition. His dissertation proposal, “The Role of Regulatory Focus in Consumers’ Response to Disclosures in Financial Services Advertising” has been awarded $2000 of funding from the Academy. Lee is working with Advertising Professors Eric Haley (chair), Ron Taylor and Roxanne Hovland and Psychology Assistant Professor Michael Olson on the dissertation project. The award will be officially announced at AAA’s Annual U.S. Conference this March in Minneapolis.


Research Symposium taking place today
The 32nd Annual CCI Research Symposium is being held today in the CCI Auditorium, the Communications Building 3rd floor lobby and the Scripps Convergence Lab. This year’s theme is “Communication and Information Research in a Digital Age.” 


CS holds professional development workshop with Chutney Walton
CS’s first professional development workshop for lecturers and graduate teaching associates for the spring semester was held this week. Fifteen lecturers and GTAs attended. Chutney Walton from the UT Center for Teaching and Learning Center led the three-hour workshop entitled “Learning Styles and Multiculturalism.” The Communication Studies professional development program is coordinated by Dr. Suzy Prentiss.

Haas recognized as “hero” to student
School Director and Associate Professor John Haas was recognized as part of Faculty Appreciation Week. 


Correction to last week’s posting of Allard’s paper
The announcement of Associate Professor Suzie Allard’s paper, “Exploratory Investigation of Interpersonal Discussions in Response to a Safer Sex Mass Media Campaign,” should also have acknowledged co-authors Donald Helme, Seth Noar, Rick Zimmerman and Philip Palmgreen, all from the University of Kentucky.


Paper accepted at Broadcast Education Association conference
Catherine Luther and doctoral students Julie Winkelstein (SIS) and Ben Birch (SIS) have had their paper, “Mass Media Corporate Web Sites as Indicators of Commitment to Diversity” accepted for presentation at the Broadcast Education Association’s national conference in Las Vegas, NV, April 15-17. The paper was also selected for an award that will be announced at the conference.

Greer published in online journal
Senior Kate Greer’s essay, “Memories from a Long Journey,” about her journey from an orphanage in Vietnam to graduate-to-be at UTK was published over the weekend by, a journal of Southern politics and culture. To read the essay, visit:

Vines serves as judge for Best in Business 2009
Georgiana Vines, Ahlgren Distinguished Lecturer, was the head judge on a three-person panel for the Best in Business 2009 competition of the Society of Business Editors and Writers. Her group judged the breaking news category for small newspapers.


Communication Studies Club trip to Washington, DC, February 27 – March 3.

EUReCA (Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement) abstracts are due
, March 5.  Event: March 24-25, University Center Ballroom. 

Board of Visitors Spring Meeting/Dedication Ceremony for the BB&T/Martha S. “Missy” Wallen Classroom (Communications Building, Room 314), March 5. (Meeting in Scripps Convergence Lab from 9:00 a.m. – Noon; Dedication Ceremony in Room 314 from Noon – 1:00 p.m.).

Spring Break, March 8-12

CCI Atlanta Alumni Reception, March 11, the home of CCI alumna Kay Dempsey, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

JEM’s Annual Hill Lecture, Award Winning National Public Radio Science Correspondent Richard Harris, March 15, Shiloh Room, UC, 8:00 p.m. – “Covering Climate Change in a Changing Media Climate.”

CCI Diversity Student Leaders Society trip to Washington, DC, March 17 – 21

CCI Washington DC Alumni Reception, Thursday, March 18, The Washington Post, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

SIS Alumni & Friends Day, Saturday, March 27, Hoskins Library, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Save the date – CCI Diversity Student Leaders Society 2nd Annual “Experience Diversity Banquet” – Friday, April 9, Bearden Banquet Hall, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.