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March 24, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017                                                                        

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Associate Professor Beth Avery Foster and doctoral student John Dugger led an Integrated Warning Team workshop for the National Weather Service of Tennessee on emergency preparedness and understanding audience response to safeguarding directives on March 18. Meteorologists, emergency managers, first responders, and representatives from school districts in the Tri-Cities, Knoxville, and Chattanooga attended the day-long seminar.

Assistant Professor Moonhee Cho and her co-authors, S. Park (U of Massachusetts) and S. Kim (LSU), presented their paper, “Comparing for-profits and nonprofits’ sustainability development communication: The role of expectancy violation and attribution process,” to the American Academy Advertising, Boston, MA, March 23-26.


Senior Lecturer Suzy Prentiss received a Faculty First Grant to redesign the Speech Anxious website used by students in CMST 240 Business and Professional Communication.


Director and Professor Diane Kelly and her co-authors, J. Jiang (U. of Massachusetts), D. He (U. of Pittsburgh) and J. Allan (U. of Massachusetts), won Best Paper at the Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR) for their paper, “Understanding ephemeral state of relevance.” At the conference, Kelly also mentored students from all over the world as part of the conference’s Doctoral Colloquium and was a co-organizer of a workshop, Supporting Complex Search Tasks.

Associate Professor Devendra Potnis and L. Mohan’s (State U. of New York) extended research abstract, “Real-time decision-making to serve the unbanked poor in the developing world,” was accepted for poster presentation at ACM’s Special Interest Group on Management Information Systems Computers and People Research 2017 conference to be held in Bengaluru, India in June 2017.

Assistant Professor Wade Bishop presented, “Geographic info in the age of Big Data,” at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign iSchool’s e-Research Roundtable (EERT) the week of March 13. He will make the presentation at Hodges Library room 213 on March 27 at 3:30 p.m. The presentation is based on his book “Geographic Information: Organization, Access, and Use.”

The CCYAL/Knox County Public Library YA Book Club will meet Thursday, March 30, from 6-8 p.m. in Lawson McGhee Library downtown. This month’s selection, Serpent King by Jeff Zentner, features the Nashville author joining the group via Skype. Everyone is welcome. Contact Clinical Associate Professor Cindy Welch ( for more information.



Professor Julie Andsager was a panelist on gender and the media at the Third Annual Women in STEM Research Symposium held at Hodges Library on March 21.

Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Communication and Information Stuart N. Brotman’s Fall 2017 Diplomacy Lab project, The Changing Art of Diplomacy: Social Media as a U.S. Foreign Policy Tool, was approved by the U.S. Department of State. He also had the following articles published:

Associate Professors Amber Roessner and Erin Whiteside along with doctoral student Dawn Corwin presented, “Media coverage of Title IX,” as part of an invited panel for the UT College of Law’s Title IX: History, Legacy and Controversy conference on March 2.

Roessner and doctoral student Lindsey Bier presented their paper, “Politicians & musicians: Southern rock in Jimmy Carter’s 1976 Campaign,” at the Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference, March 11 in New York. 

Roessner also received a UT Chancellor’s Grant for Faculty Research for continued research on her book, “Jimmy Who? Jimmy Carter and the Practice of Presidential Press & Promotion in the Age of the Credibility Gap.” 



April 4

Hill Lecture, School of Nursing Auditorium, 8 p.m.

April 5

CCI Graduate Student Appreciation Day, CCI Patio, 2 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

Last Day of Classes

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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