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January 29, 2010

Inside CCI

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


Scripps Convergence Lab dedicated
The Scripps Convergence Lab was dedicated this morning and will officially be open to students on Monday.  Also, click on “Knoxville News Sentinel” to see Editor Jack McElroy’s multimedia story of the event.


Levine accepted in American Behavioral Scientist
Associate Professor Ken Levine’s manuscript, “Change: Young voters speak during the 2008 presidential election,” has been accepted for publication in American Behavioral Scientist.

Santos visits UT from Brazil
The School of Communication Studies is pleased to announce that Gildasio Mendes dos Santos, Vice-President of Universidade Católica Dom Bosco (UCDB) in Brazil, is visiting UT between February 27 and March 5, 2010. The purpose of Gildasio’s visit is to continue work on creating the interchange project between UCDB and the UT’s School of Communication Studies. Gildasio is meeting with representatives from the University, presenting research to faculty, and meeting with students to discuss study abroad at UCDB.

Kotowski published in Communication Monographs and Journal of Health Comm.
Assistant Professor Mike Kotowski’s (along with Tim Levine, Colin Baker, and Jeffrey Bolt) article, “A Multitrait-Multimethod Validity Assessment of the Verbal Aggressiveness and Argumentativeness Scales,” was published in the December 2009 edition of Communication Monographs.

Kotowski also had his manuscript, “Measuring Cancer Clinical Trial Understanding,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Health Communication.

Kelly publishes in Communication Teacher
CCI Ph.D. student Stephanie Kelly had her manuscript, “Movie Magic:  A Gateway to Higher Classroom Immediacy,” accepted for publication in Communication Teacher.

Nine faculty and grad students to present at Southern States Comm. Assoc. Meeting
Nine Communication Studies faculty and graduate students will be participating in the Southern States Communication Association Meeting in Memphis, April 7-11. Participating, in order of the conference program, are:

Stephanie Kelly, “In Two Places Simultaneously: A Liberal Feminist Critique of the Film 300.”

Stephanie Kelly, Mike Kotowski and ADV/PR Associate Professor Lisa Fall:  “Reconceptualizing Online Instructional Immediacy.”

Mike Kotowski and Katie Williams (C&I M.S student), “Persuasion through the Revelation of Self-Incriminating Information: An Attempt to Reconcile Differences in the Stealing Thunder Literature.”  This paper was recognized as one of the Top Five papers in interpersonal communication.

Associate Professor Michelle Violanti and Jessica Smith (CCI PhD student),  “, Letters on ABCs, and VOIPCHEAP: Maintaining Long-Distance Friendships via Richer and Leaner Channels.”

Visiting Professor Leslie Deatrick,  “A Pilot Test of Persuasive Messages Attempting to Trigger Appraisal Processes Leading to Feelings of Negative Self-Conscious Affect.”

Assistant Professor Courtney Wright, “Examining Perceptions of Social Appropriateness and Efficiency in Teasing.”

School Director John Haas has been selected to serve on the finance board for the Southern States Communication Association.


Cortez travels to Italy and South Africa

School Director Ed Cortez and Graduate Teaching Associate Julie Winkelstein presented a paper at the Bobcatsss 2010 Conference in Parma, Italy, titled “How and Why Public Libraries Can, Should and Do Facilitate the Use of the Internet by the Homeless: A Look at the Programs, Barriers and Political Climate.”

Ed Cortez also traveled to South Africa to meet with SIS African partners and associates including University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Pretoria University, Makerere University and a new collaboration with Zululand University.  The purpose of the meeting was to develop a network among African universities supporting “Africa Information Ethics.”

Welch presents at ALISE Conference
Assistant Professor Cindy Welch presented two papers at the 2010 ALISE Conference,  “Librarians and Early Radio Broadcasting: Creating Programming Out of Thin Air: 1922-1939;” and “Sustaining a Professional Specialty: The Young Adult Alternative Newsletter (YAAN, 1973-1979) as an Expression of Collaboration in the Creation of Modern Young Adult Services.”


Chattanooga Alumni Reception, February 4, contact Andrew Shafer, 974-3211 for more information.

TPA Winter Convention & Alumni Reception, February 11, 7-9 a.m., Doubletree Hotel, downtown Nashville.

ADV/PR Creativity Conference, “Creative Trends in the Digital Age: Making the Most of New Media, February 18.  RSVP to Roxanne Hovland by Feb. 12, at

32nd Annual Research Symposium
, February 26.