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March 2017: Faculty News

Faculty News March 2017SIS Assistant Professor Wade Bishop was the featured speaker at a special event on March 27 at Hodges Library to celebrate his new co-authored book, Geographic information: Organization, access and use. The book focuses on geographic information in the context of big data creating new avenues of research and special challenges for librarians, archivists, data scientists, and other information professionals.
JEM Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Communication and Information Stuart N. Brotman’s project, The Changing Art of Diplomacy: Social Media as a US Foreign Policy Tool, was selected for the US Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab for the fall 2017 semester. UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has been a partner in the Diplomacy Lab since fall 2015. UT is one of 28 participating US universities. For more information see http://tntoday.utk.edu/2017/04/04/professors-selected-participate-diplomacy-lab-program/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Two%20Professors%20Selected%20to%20Participate%20in%20Diplomacy%20Lab&utm_campaign=tntoday.
SIS Director and Professor Diane Kelly and her co-authors’ paper, “Understanding ephemeral state of relevance,” won Best Paper at the ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR), March 7-11 in Oslo, Norway.
CS Senior Lecturer Suzy Prentiss received a 2017 Faculty First Grant from the UT Office of Information Technology (OIT) to redesign her speech anxious website to make it more interactive and engaging. The website is utilized by students in CMST 240 Business and Professional Communication.
JEM Associate Professor Amber Roessner received a UT Chancellor’s Faculty Research Grant for continued research on her book, Jimmy Who?: The Rise of the Peanut Farmer from Plains and the Fall of a Rabbit-Bitten President.