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May 22, 2014

Friday, May 22, 2014

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SIS Associate Professor Suzie Allard has been appointed CCI Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies effective July 1, 2014. Thanks to the Search Committee chaired by Bill Dunne and committee members Beth Avery, Ben Bates, Ken Levine and Peiling Wang.

The following CCI faculty members have been selected to receive a 2014 Dean’s Summer Research Grant. The titles of their research projects are also included.

  • AdvPR Associate Professor Elizabeth Avery –  “Using primary care providers as intervention points to incite HPV vaccination among young rural boys”
  • SIS Assistant Professor Kimberly Douglass – “Art in evidence: Producing scientific results and data visualizations to showcase as art”
  • SIS Assistant Professor Rachel Fleming-May – IMLS National Leadership Grant proposal development for “Virtual Verse in the library: Surveying the e-Poetry landscape”
  • AdvPR Assistant Professor Jin Seong Park – “Effects of message strategies on consumer attention to and memory of risk information in direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertising: The mediating role of optimistic bias”
  • JEM Assistant Professor Amber Roessner – “Jimmy who: Jimmy Carter & the practice of presidential press & promotion in the first post-Watergate election”
  • SIS Professor Peiling Wang – SMILE methodology for understanding senior health information seeking in the digital age”



The DataONE All Hands Meeting was held May 12-15 in Park City, UT. CCI faculty, students and staff were well represented, including: Suzie Allard, Kimberly Douglass, Carol Tenopir, Bruce Wilson, Line Pouchard, Rachel Volentine, Robert Waltz, Laura Moyers, Todd Suomela, Ben Birch, Ivanka Pjesivac, Tanner Jessell and David Doyle.



Assistant Professor Jonathan Pettigrew’s (with co-author Michael Hecht) book chapter, “Developing school-based prevention curricula,” is forthcoming in “Prevention science in school settings: Complex relationships and processes,” published by Springer and part of a new book series for the field of Prevention Science. 

Alongside colleagues from Public Health, Assistant Professors Laura Miller and Jonathan Pettigrew will present their research on the social aspects of adolescent prescription drug abuse at the Society for Prevention Research, May 27-30, in Washington D.C.

Pettigrew will also present his co-authored* presentation, “The use of narrative in substance use prevention, at the June meeting of the International Association of Language and Social Psychology in Mānoa, Hawai‘i.  *(co-authors include: Miller-Day, M., Hecht, M.L., Krieger, J., Pettigrew, J., Graham, J., & Day, L.E).

Pettigrew published a research monograph on family communication. His book, “Stepfather-stepson communication: Social support in stepfamily worlds,” is one of the first books to examine stepfathers’ communication as well as integrating the perspectives of adolescents into research on stepfamilies.

As part of an interdisciplinary team of social scientists, Pettigrew will serve as co-investigator through REAL-Prevention ( on a new, two-year grant funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation under the direction of Felipe Castro (PI), current president of the Society for Prevention Research. The project, “Theoretical congruence and sustainability of local adaptation,will contribute valuable information to prevention scientists and health communication researchers about how schools and teachers make decisions regarding the long-term use of drug prevention programming.  



On June 5 Chancellor’s Professor and BOV Professor Carol Tenopir will present the closing keynote speech, “Measuring and increasing the value of academic library services,” at the 35th meeting of the International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries, in Espoo, Finland.  

On June 27, Tenopir will present an invited talk, “Text + Images + Data: A more complete way to convey results of scientific research,” at the Strand Symposium in London. Students attending the E-Publishing summer school study abroad course will attend the symposium.  



The Medal of Honor (MOH) Project led by Assistant Professor Nick Geidner received an award of excellence for being the best blog in the East Tennessee region from the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists.  The judges said the blog is an “impressive civic project that preserves important history.” 

The East Tennessee Historical Society presented Geidner and his MOH Project students with a History Award of Excellence. The award recognizes “significant contributions to the preservation, promotion, programming and interpretation of the region’s history.”

Congratulations to Ivanka Pjesivac for successfully defending her dissertation. Thanks to her chair, Professor Catherine Luther, and the other dissertation committee members Professor Peter Gross, Assistant Professor Nick Geidner, and Associate Professor Brandon Prins (CAS). The title of her dissertation is “Trust in news media in post-communist Eastern Europe: The case of Serbia.”

WUTK was voted “Knoxville’s Best Radio Station” for the ninth year-in-a-row in the Metro Pulse 2014 ‘Best of Knoxville’ awards, which was announced in this week’s ‘Best of’ issue.  WUTK also was voted runner-up for “Best Local Facebook Page” and Dr. John Zazu (Graham Smith) was voted runner-up for “Best Radio Personality.”



May 26

Memorial Day

May 29

Summer Classes Begin

July 4

Independence Day Holiday


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