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Inside CCI: Nov. 1, 2019

Communication Studies

Assistant Professor Jenny Crowley is part of two grants and gave a presentation:

  • Co-Investigator on “Project HOPE – Healing OUD Through Prevention and Expertise,” a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service: Health Resources Administration.
  • “A Collaborative Investigation into the Factors that Predict Support Provider Burnout,” a grant of nearly $1,000 from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program from the University of Tennessee for travel to the University of Alabama.
  • “From Otherness to Belonging: Understanding the Paradoxical Tensions in Supportive Communication for Stigma,” invited presentation at the University of Alabama on October 18.

Information Sciences

Director and Professor Diane Kelly has been elected as the incoming chair-elect of the iSchools organization. Her two-year term as chair-elect begins in 2020, and she will become the iSchools’ chair in 2022. The iSchools organization is a collection of the top information schools from around the world.

Associate Professor Wade Bishop, Assistant Professor Carolyn Hank, Joel Webster (MSIS ’18) and Rebecca Howard (MSIS ’19) received the ASIS&T Conference Best Paper Award for, “Scientists’ Data Discovery and Reuse Behavior: (Meta)data Fitness for Use and the FAIR Data Principles,” at the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Annual Meeting in Melbourne, Australia, earlier this month.

Assistant Professor Brian Dobreski received an honorable mention for the ProQuest Best Dissertation Award at the ASIS&T banquet for, “Values in Knowledge Organization Standards: A Value Analysis of Resource Description and Access (RDA).”

Journalism and Electronic Media

NOVA executive producer and award-winning science journalist Paula Apsell delivered a free public lecture, “The Art of Science Communication,” on Tuesday, October 29, in Patrick Auditorium.

Apsell, who delivered JEM’s annual Hill Lecture 15 years ago, finished a weeklong distinguished lecturer residency, which began Monday, October 28. She worked with 16 students in Associate Professor Nick Geidner’s documentary production class on a 30-minute documentary about Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source. Hill Chair of Excellence/Professor Mark Littmann arranged Apsell’s residency. In addition to working with the documentary students, she spoke to a number of JEM classes about interviewing, storytelling, and conveying complicated subject matter to audiences.

Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media Stuart N. Brotman is serving a nine-month residency in Washington, D.C., as a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He is based in its Science and Technology Innovation Program, focusing on digital privacy issues. His recent activities:


The date for the seventh-annual WUTK Beer Dinner fundraiser is Monday, November 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. This five-course gourmet meal will be prepared by Sunspot’s chief chef, and each serving will be paired with a different craft beer flavor from Sierra Nevada Brewing. All proceeds from ticket sales go to the WUTK Gift Fund, and reservations can be made by calling Sunspot at 865-637-4663.  There will be drawings for valuable raffle prizes between each course.

Mark Your Calendar

Nov. 22 CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting, 9:00-11:00 a.m., Patrick Auditorium
Nov. 28-29 Thanksgiving
Dec. 4 Classes End
Dec. 5 Study Day
Dec. 5 CCI Holiday Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Scripps Lab
Dec. 12 Graduate Hooding
Dec. 13 Commencement Ceremony