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CCI Receives Two Major Grants


Whether it’s building awareness of the First Amendment or establishing data curation education, CCI faculty are leading the way in their fields. In recent months, CCI was awarded two significant grants in both of these areas.

Building awareness of the First Amendment First Amendment
As part of the “1 for All” campaign to build awareness of the First Amendment, CCI received a McCormick Foundation grant to conduct a semester-long program on the First Amendment.

UTK was one of six universities picked to receive grants. With the money, CCI, and UTK’s College of Law, Political Science Department and the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy will put on six events, during Spring 2011, that deal with “The Future of the First Amendment: Traditional Values and Non-Traditional Media.” Programs will range from speakers to symposia to a “First Amendment Free Food Festival.”

A permanent interactive kiosk with First Amendment information, documents and Web links will also be installed in the college’s new Scripps Convergence Lab to ensure that all future CCI students will have the opportunity to gain greater knowledge of and respect for the First Amendment. 

TeeterDwight Teeter, professor of journalism and electronic media; Doug Blaze, dean of the College of Law; and John Sheb II, Professor and Head of the Political Science Department will spearhead UTK’s Liberty Tree Program.

Establishing data curation education in research centers
Thanks to a $988,543 grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Graduate School of Library and Information Science, CCI’s Center for Information and Communication Studies (CICS), and the National Center for Atmospheric Research have partnered together to establish Data Curation Education in Research Centers (DCERC). Suzie Allard, associate professor and assistant director of SIS; Carol Tenopir, Chancellor’s Professor in SIS, CCI director of research and director of CICS; and Tanya Arnold, SIS coordinator of student services will carry out CCI’s portion of the project, which amounts to approximately one-third of the funding. DCERC will develop a model, including a field experience in a data intensive scientific environment, for educating LIS master’s and doctoral students in data curation. It will implement a graduate research and education program to address the need for professionals with scientific expertise who can manage and curate large digital data collections.