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July 29, 2016

Friday, July 29, 2016                                                                            

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SIS Interim Director and Professor Dania Bilal presented a co-authored paper, “Exploring children’s reading behavior of Google SERPs in the context of searching: Methodological approaches and challenges,”at the 7th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods held in London, UK, May 23-26, 2016.

At the March 2016 iConference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bilal was a panelist and mentor (by invitation only) at the Doctoral Colloquium where she mentored four doctoral students from various iSchools. She was also co-organizer of the workshop, “iCommunity: Philadelphia youth voices: Co-designing with youth,and an invited moderator at the follow-up session to the workshop.

Bilal was elected to the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Board of Directors as a director-at-large. She will begin her three year term at ASIS&T’s annual meeting in October, which will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Master’s Student Lizzie Gallagher and doctoral student Ivonne Ramirez joined Clinical Associate Professsor Cindy Welch at the Center for Children’s & Young Adult Literature (CCYAL) booth during the Knox County Public Library’s Children’s Festival of Reading in May. More than 400 children and their adult caregivers stopped by the booth to make their own magic bookmarks and to learn about CCYAL. 



Howard Distinguished Professor Stuart N. Brotman has been appointed to the UT College of Law’s Institute for Professional Leadership Advisory Board. Brotman also had the following articles published:

Europe Announces New Regulations for Digital markets, Services

EU Digital Market Strategy

Promoting First Amendment Values in Cyberspace

Small business technology challenges require greater political attention

Tangled up in the legal web of net neutrality

Viewing Brexit through a digital lens

Voluntary industry agreement promotes competition among mobile networks

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership debate needs a digital perspective

Associate Professor Erin Whiteside’s article (co-authored with Erika Polson (U. of Denver)), “Getting in the game? A rising India and the question of global sport,” was published in the International Journal of Communication. The article appeared in the publication’s special issue on “Building the BRICS: Media, Nation Branding and Global Citizenship.” 

Assistant Professor Mike Martinez was interviewed by New Hampshire Public Radio for a segment on The Life of a White House Photographer on May 24 ( This summer Martinez is using a Dean’s Summer Research grant to conduct research on the “Image and Memory of Presidents through the Eyes of the Photographers Who Documented Their Presidencies” at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California, the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California, and to record an oral history with Eric Draper, President George W. Bush’s presidential photographer in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Lecturer Melanie Faizer’s Fall JEM 494 course, ‘Entrepreneurship in Journalism and Media,’ will participate in a global university competition, P2P: Challenging Extremism. The U.S. Department of State and Facebook initiative is designed to counter the online presence and narrative of extremism.




CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting, Patrick Auditorium, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

August 17

1st Day of Classes

August 30 – 31

UT Academic Leadership Retreat, 4th Floor, UT Conference Center

September 1

UT Administrative Closing for Thursday night Football Game,

September 5

Labor Day

September 23

CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting, Patrick Auditorium, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

October 6 – 7

UT Fall Break

November 11

CCI Board of Visitors Meeting, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

November 11

CCI Journey to the Top 25 Campaign Kickoff Gala and Awards Ceremony, Knoxville  Convention Center, 6:30 p.m.

November 12

CCI Alumni Tailgate, CCI Lobby/Patio, 3 hours prior to the UT vs. Kentucky kickoff

November 18

November 30

CCI Faculty/Staff Holiday Party

December 1

Last day of classes

December 8

UT Graduate Hooding, Thompson-Boling Arena

December 9

UT Fall Commencement, 4 p.m., Thompson-Boling Arena


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