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May 19, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017                                                                           

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Director and Professor Maureen Taylor presented her research and facilitated a workshop, “Media content analysis: Measuring how media can both incite and counter extremism,” in Amman, Jordan as part of the European Union’s efforts to help the Government of Jordan to prevent violent extremism.  

Professor Michael Kent will be a keynote speaker at the 15th Asia-Pacific Conference of the Association for Business Communication at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, June 9 – 11, 2017.

Associate Professor Michael  Palenchar and Assistant Professor Laura Lemon (PhD 2017), along with Assistant Professor Abbey Levenshus (Butler U.) and Emeritus Professor Robert L. Heath (U. of Houston) had their article, “Marketplace commodification of risk communication: Consequences for risk bearers and implications for public relations,” accepted for publication in Public Relations Review.

Palenchar and Lemon, along with co-authors Heath and Associate Professor Jae Lee (U. of Houston) had their paper, “Risk communication and emergency response preparedness: Contextual assessment of the protective action decision model,” accepted for publication in Risk Analysis: An International Journal.

Congratulations to Jinhee Lee for successfully defending her dissertation, “Green consumers’ skepticism toward pro-environmental advertising:  Consumer motivations for purchasing pro-environmental products.” Thanks to her dissertation chair Professor Eric Haley and her other committee members: Professor Ron Taylor, Associate Professor Michael Palenchar, and Professor David Schumann (HCB).


Assistant Professor Wade Bishop shared his research at the Expert Meeting Spatial Discovery II in Santa Barbara, CA May 11 – 12.  The meeting was organized by the University of California at Santa Barbara Library and the Center for Spatial Studies and sponsored by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri).  Bishop also received the Gloria and Dave Sharrar Faculty Research Award to study fitness for use of geographic information. In addition, he is participating in the annual workshop hosted by the US Geological Survey (USGS) Community for Data Integration (CDI), May 16 – 19, in Denver, CO.

Congratulations to Rebecca (Becca) Anderson for successfully defending her dissertation, “Effects of gatekeeping on the diffusion of information.” Thanks to her dissertation chair Professor Suzie Allard and her other committee members: Chancellor’s Professor Carol Tenopir, Associate Professor Michael Kotowski, and Associate Professor Bruce MacLennan (TCE).


Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Communication and Information Stuart N. Brotman had the following two articles published in Brookings, TechTank:

Professor Mark Littmann had his co-authored book, Totality: The Great American Eclipses of 2017 and 2024, published by Oxford University Press. His planetarium show Eclipse – The Sun Revealed also debuted at various planetariums around the country including the one in Nashville.

Associate Professor Amber Roessner and Jodi Rightler-McDaniels (PhD/C&I ’14, South College) presented, “Considering the life & legacy of Ida B. Wells-Barnett through critical race theory,” at the New Directions in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Conference at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, March 27-29, 2017.

Roessner had her book chapter, “The new woman as athlete: Coverage of the sporting woman in the Gilded Age press,” published in After the War: The Press in a Changing America, 1865-1900 (Transaction Publishers, June 2017). 

Roessner and Lindsey Bier (PhD/C&I ’17) had their article, “Pardon me, Mr. Carter: Amnesty and unfinished business of Vietnam in Jimmy Carter’s 1976 campaign,” published in Journalism History, 43(2): 86-96.

Assistant Professor Nick Geidner received a 2017 NATPE Summer Faculty Development Grant to spend two weeks interning at Knoxville’s WBIR-TV. As part of the internship, he will observe WBIR’s social media team and other departments to understand how newsrooms are integrating social media into their coverage. He will use the information he obtains to shape a new course, Social Journalism, he will be teaching in fall 2017.

Congratulations to Mirjana (Mira) Pantic for successfully defending her dissertation, “Uses and gratifications of digital media:  The case of live blogs.” Thanks to her dissertation chair Associate Professor Erin Whiteside and her other committee members: Professor Catherine Luther, Professor Ron Taylor, and Associate Professor Jennifer Morrow (CEHHS).


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Memorial Day Holiday


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