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February 28, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

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Associate Professor Michael Palenchar will present his paper “Risk communication and local emergency planning committees (LEPCs): Longitudinal analysis of emergency response awareness and practices” at next week’s annual meeting of the International Public Relations Research Conference  in Miami, FL. The paper is co-authored with Robert Heath and Jaesub Lee (University of Houston). He will also be attending the board meeting of the National Commission for Public Relations Education. 



Assistant Professor Laura Miller’s article, “Uncertainty management and information seeking in cancer survivorship,” was published in the current issue of Health Communication, 29(3), 233-243.  

Assistant Professor Jonathan Pettigrew received a $4,500 grant from the graduate school professional development award to conduct a study of prescription drug abuse among adolescents in East Tennessee. Pettigrew will survey 6th through 9th graders and examine trends related to drug use as well as peer and family influences during the transition to high school. 


Associate Professor Bharat Mehra’s co-authored paper (with LaVerne Gray, CCI doctoral student), ““Don’t Say Gay” in the State of Tennessee: Libraries as virtual spaces of resistance and protectors of human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people,” has been accepted for presentation in a session sponsored by the LGBTQ Users Special Interest Group [Theme: Addressing the silence: How libraries can serve their LGBTQ users] during the World Library and Information Congress: 80th International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) General Conference and Council [Conference Theme: Libraries, citizens, societies: Confluence for knowledge], August 16-22, 2014 in Lyon, France. Mehra also edited and wrote the Guest Editor’s Introduction to the Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries Journal, Special Issue 2014: Social Justice, Social Inclusion available at

Assistant Professor Kimberly Douglass’s article, “Studying the information needs of e-governance stakeholders: Environmental justice as a context for tool development,” was accepted for publication in the journal Information Polity.



Assistant Professor Erin Whiteside will speak at the upcoming event, “Tilting the playing field: Women in sports media,” sponsored by the International Communication Association and the George Washington University School of Media & Public Affairs, Friday, March 7. Whiteside will address the media’s coverage of Title IX and will be joined at the event by Andy Billings (University of Alabama), Christine Brennan (USA Today) and Neena Chaudhry (National Women’s Law Center.)  For more information about the event see:



Mar. 7

CCI Board of Visitors Meeting, Scripps Lab, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Mar. 7

Hilda S. Murray Classroom Naming Ceremony, Noon-12:30 p.m., Com 309

Mar. 12

Margie Morrison Legacy Fund Potluck, 12 – 1

Mar. 17-21

Spring Break

Mar. 31-Apr. 3

UT Social Media Week

Apr. 14

CCI/ AdvPR/JEM Honors Convocation, Scripps Lab, 3 pm

Apr. 18

Spring Recess

Apr. 25

CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting, 9-11 am, Patrick Auditorium

Apr. 25

Last Day of Classes

Apr. 28

Study Day

Apr. 28

CCI Speed Dating Workshop, Scripps Lab, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Apr. 28

CS Student Awards Ceremony, 4:30 pm

Apr. 29 – May 6

Final Exams

May 7

CCI Commencement Ceremony, Thompson Boling Arena, 4:30 pm

May 8

UT Graduate Hooding Ceremony, Thompson Boling Arena, 4:30 pm

May 9

SIS Hooding Ceremony, 10 am


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