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April 2017: Faculty News

April 2017 Faculty NewsCCI Dean Mike Wirth served on the UTK deans’ panel as part of the UT Office of Admissions inaugural Declaration Day event held on May 1 in the Ray and Lucy Hand Digital Studio, (see http://admissions.utk.edu/declarationday/.) Voice of the Tennessee Titans Mike Keith (BS/PLSC ‘91), served as the event show host, which was patterned after UT football’s annual national signing day event.
JEM Director and Professor Catherine Luther has been selected to serve as UTK’s representative to the Summer 2017 HERS Institute at Bryn Mawr College. HERS is a nationally and internationally active leadership development organization designed to help female administrators strengthen and expand their leadership skills.
JEM Professor Peter Gross has been selected by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and World Learning for the Fulbright Specialist Roster. His term will run from April 2017 until April 2020.
JEM Professor Mark Harmon won the Society of Professional Journalists’ national Sigma Delta Chi Award for Column Writing in small to medium size newspapers.  This is the second time in four years Harmon has received this honor. The award will be presented June 23 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
CS Associate Professor Michelle Violanti has been selected by UT’s Office of Research and Engagement (ORE) to receive CCI’s Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor of the Year Award.
JEM Assistant Professor Nick Geidner and Video Production Specialist Clint Elmore received the Broadcast Education Association Award of Excellence (short form) for their documentary, “Reaching Recovery: Pregnancy and Addition in East Tennessee.” The award was presented at BEA’s national Media Arts Festival in Las Vegas, NV, April 22 – 24, 2017.
IS Lecturer and CICS Research Coordinator Frances Bachstein (PhD/C&I ’15) was selected as a fellow with the Research Data Alliance (RDA). The 1-year fellowship provides funding for her to work with CCI’s National Science Foundation DataONE grant using Salesforce software tools available in the Adam Brown Social Media Command Center.