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Bella Mody Keynotes CCI Research Symposium

Poster sessionBella ModyBella Mody, internationally known scholar/author and professor and James E. deCastro Chair in Global Media at the University of Colorado Boulder, was the keynote speaker for the College of Communication and Information’s thirty-sixth annual Research Symposium on Feb. 26. She spoke about her current research project focused on a major Indian crisis, “Mao in India: Comparing Representations in India’s Thriving Regional, Hindi and English Language Dailies.” Her research illustrates the complexities of providing citizens in the world’s largest democracy with the information they need to make informed decisions, in the May 2014 national elections, when the primary source of media information comes from privately owned, commercially focused regional newspapers published in different languages. These challenges are exacerbated by the fact that Indian Internet penetration is only 12 percent and 22 languages are listed in India’s constitution.

Mody specializes in the political economy of media in developing countries and in designing research on public service applications of communications. Her book “The Geopolitics of Representation in Foreign News: Explaining Darfur Sudan,” won the Best Book of the Year award from the Global Communication and Social Change Division of the International Communication Association.

The theme of CCI’s 36th annual Research Symposium was “Communication and Information Research in a Global Environment.” The symposium was organized by CCI Director of Research Carol Tenopir, CICS Assistant Director Bobbie Suttles and the Symposium Planning Committee. Sessions were held in CCI’s Patrick Auditorium and the Scripps Convergence Lab.  Research papers and posters on a variety of topics were presented throughout the day.  The event concluded with an awards ceremony for the winning posters and presentations (see below). For more information about the symposium program visit the symposium website,

2014 CCI Research Symposium Award WinnersResearch Symposium winners


Undergraduate Student:

Sarah Ashley Harvey (UTK CS)

Title: “Expectancy Violations within Parasocial Relationships”

Master’s Student (tie):

Kendal Livick and Raven Griffin (Virginia Tech)

Title: “Reliability Cases: Coded Behaviors for Disney Princesses and Princes”

Chris Samoray (UTK JEM)

Title: “Fearing Yourself-Genetic Privacy and Discrimination in an Age of Human Genome Revelation”

Doctoral Student:

Sejin Park (UTK C&I)

Title: “Celebrity Endorsement in Military Advertising”



Tanner Jessel (UTK SIS M.S. student) and Ben Birch (UTK C&I doctoral student)

Title: “Early Adopters of Open Research Output: A Study of the Motivations and Opinions of Users”

Betsy Dalton (UTK C&I doctoral student), Scott Eldredge (UTK C&I doctoral student), and Dr. Laura Miller (UTK CS Assistant Professor)

Title: “Life is Not Supposed to be Pain-Free: Nurse-Patient Communication, Health Literacy, and the Abnormalization of Pain”