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November 1, 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013

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Last week was the 5th annual NSF-DataONE grant All Hands Meeting in New Mexico. UT had good representation including the following SIS faculty: Chancellor’s Professor Carol Tenopir (co-chair of the Usability and Assessment working group), Associate Professor Suzie Allard and Assistant Professor Kimberly Douglass (co-chairs of the Socio-Cultural working group), Adjunct Professor Bruce Wilson (Core Cyberinfrastructure team) and Line Pouchard, who are joint appointments from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Mike Frame from  the USGS who also teaches the environmental informatics course for SIS.  CICS attendees included User Experience Laboratory manager Rachel Volentine, DataONE member node manager Laura Moyers, DataONE programmer Robert Waltz, DataONE post-doctoral researcher Miriam Davis, doctoral students Ben Birch, Ivanka Pjesivivac, Todd Suomela and masters students David Doyle and Tanner Jessel.  UT Libraries were also represented by Associate Dean Holly Mercer.    



On Nov. 6, Chancellor’s Professor Carol Tenopir will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Electronic Resources and Consortia meeting at National Taiwan University in in Taipei, Taiwan. Her talk is entitled, “Research data services: A new focus for libraries.”

Associate Professor Suzie Allard, Professor Ed Cortez and doctoral student Frank Aviles presented their paper, “La SCALA development of a cross-cultural mentorship e-toolkit,” at the 6th Annual Mentoring Conference at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M. held Oct. 29 – Nov. 1. 

Associate Professor Bharat Mehra received an Award for Excellence from, one of the best collaborative, peer-reviewed online publishing platforms. was developed by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals and is a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, whose goal is to create a unique and collaborative research environment for Qatar and the rest of the world.

Mehra’s co-authored article with Assistant Professor Vandana Singh, “Strengths and weaknesses of the information technology curriculum in library and information science graduate programs,” was published in the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 45(3). He also has two co-authored chapters forthcoming in Johnn Hawley, Expanding the circle, SUNY Press.  The first chapter (co-authored with Donna Braquet and Calle M. Fielden) is entitled, “A website evaluation of the top 25 public universities in the United States to assess their support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.”  The second chapter (co-authored with CCI Professor of Advertising Eric Haley and Dylan Lane),is  entitled “Culturally appropriate information support services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) South Asians: Representing multiple shades of identity based on sexual orientation and ethnicity.”  



Director and Professor Peter Gross gave a keynote address at the Media Convergence conference at Babes-Bolyai University, Romania.  The conference was titled “Breaking out of the box: The need for a reorientation in mass communication theories.” Lecturer Melanie Faizer presented a paper, “Online intercollegiate news network enables learning through teaching,” at the same conference.

Doctoral candidate Jodi Rightler-McDaniels and Assistant Professor Elizabeth Hendrickson co-authored research, “Hos and hashtags: The social dialect of trending topics,” was accepted for publication in Social Semiotics.

Assistant Professor Amber Roessner authored a chapter, “The ‘ladies’ & the ‘tramps’: The negotiation of a ‘woman’s place’ in the national pastime in sporting life” in Journalism History,Fall 2013, 39(3), 134-144.





Nov. 8

CCI BOV Meeting, Scripps Lab, 10 am – 5 pm

Nov. 8

CCI Patrick Auditorium Naming Ceremony, Noon – 12:30 p.m.

Nov. 8

CCI Awards & Scholarship Donor Appreciation Banquet, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Nov. 9

CCI Homecoming Tailgate, 9-11:45 a.m.

Nov. 15

CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting, 9-11 a.m.

Dec. 3

Last day of classes

Dec. 4

CCI Holiday Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Dec. 13

Fall Commencement


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