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January 20, 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017                                                                     
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ADPR Professor Candace White, JEM Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Communication and Information Stuart N. Brotman, and SIS Associate Professor Devendra Potnis are each leading a Diplomacy Lab course to assist the US Department of State during the 2017 spring semester. The courses are sponsored by The Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy.


Director and Professor Maureen Taylor has been invited by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) to serve on the PhD Fellowship Selection Panel for the Social Sciences and Business disciplines.
Professor Candace White and master’s student Laura Gamo presented a talk via Skype, “Public relations at the international level,” at a conference for graduate students at the Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial (UTE), in Quito, Ecuador, January 18, 2017.
Associate Professor Beth Avery Foster was elected to the National Communication Association Public Relation’s Division Selection Committee, which evaluates and rank orders the top student and faculty papers for conference presentation.
Associate Professor Michael Palenchar conducted risk communication workshops and met with local and federal government agencies in Belize City and Belmopan, Belize, regarding risk/crisis communication issues related to expanding manufacturing and increasing tourism safety the week of January 15, 2017.
Joe Lybarger’s (PhD student) article, “Superior–subordinate communication in the workplace: Verbal aggression, nonverbal immediacy, and their joint effects on perceived superior credibility,” was published in the current issue of Communication Research Reports with co-authors Andrew Rancer and Yang Lin (both U. of Akron).


Associate Professor Bharat Mehra presented a paper, “From conceptual model to toolkit blueprint design in action research to further community engagement between small businesses and rural public libraries: Implications for LIS education to promote economic development in Tennessee,” co-authored with Assistant Professor Wade Bishop and Robert P. Partee II (MS/IS ’16)  at the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, January 17-20, 2017.
Mehra also presented two talks during ALISE conference: “Furthering social justice via community engagement practices: A mid-level faculty perspective;” and “Community engagement in information science curricula: Reflections and insights.”
Professor Julie Andsager was named a Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research Fellow at the recent MAPOR conference in Chicago. See
JEM Lecturer Maria Fontenot and Assistant Professor Michael Martinez’s paper, “FCC’s indecency regulation: A comparative analysis between broadcast and online media,”has been accepted for presentation by the Communication Law & Policy Division of the International Communication Association conference in San Diego.
Assistant Professor Michael Martinez was interviewed by Olivier Laurent of TIME magazine for a story, “The Case for Donald Trump’s Official White House Photographer.”

January 26 “Unmasked Judeophobia” screening at McClung Museum, 7 p.m.
February 1 CCI Annual Research Symposium
February 12 – 15 ACEJMC site visit
February 17 CCI DSLS Experience Diversity Banquet
February 27 – March 2 UT Social Media Week 2017
March 13 – 17 Spring Break
April 4 Hill Lecture, School of Nursing Auditorium, 8 p.m.
April 10 CCI/ADPR/JEM Convocation
April 14 Spring Recess
April 21 CCI BOV Spring Meeting; 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
April 28 Classes end
May 1 Study Day
May 1 CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting 9 – 11:00 a.m.
May 1 Communication Studies Student Awards Ceremony
May 11 CCI Commencement, TBA, 3:30 p.m.
May 11 Commencement Reception, following ceremony on CCI Patio
May 11 UT Graduate Hooding, TBA, 7:00 p.m.
May 12 SIS Hooding Ceremony, Haslam Music Bldg. Auditorium, 10:00 a.m.
May 29 Memorial Day Holiday

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