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Inside CCI: Jan. 17, 2020

Advertising & Public Relations

Assistant Professor Derrick Holland and PhD student Anna Kochigina’s paper, “Transparency in a Crisis: Examining the Impact of Message Strategies on Organizational Perceptions,” was accepted for presentation at the International Public Relations Research Conference in Orlando, March 5-7. 

Assistant Professor Matthew Pittman recently published two articles: 


Center for Information & Communication Studies

Research Associate Natalie Manaeva Rice gave a guest speech,“Ongoing Russian Influence Campaigns Targeting American and European Elections: What They Are and How They Work,” to the Knoxville Bar Association senior lawyers’ luncheon in December. 


Communication Studies

Doctoral student Jenilee Williams and Associate Professor Courtney Wright’s article, “Developing Implicit Bias Awareness in the Communication Classroom: From Project Implicit to Jane Elliott’s Brown Eye Blue Eye,” was published in Communication Teacher.

Professor Joan Rentsch has been appointed Adjunct Professor in the UT Department of Medicine, Division of Ethics and Humanities. She will be teaching medical residents about mindfulness practices. During the fall semester, she gave a keynote presentation to the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association, “Mindfulness and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction: Relevance for Physical Therapy Professionals.” 


Information Sciences

Assistant Professor Brian Dobreski was named runner-up for the iSchools 2020 Doctoral Dissertation Award for his Syracuse University dissertation, “Values in Knowledge Organization Standards: A Value Analysis of Resource Description and Access (RDA).” He will travel to the iConference in Sweden in March to accept the honor. 

Professor Peiling Wang, Joshua Williams, Nan Zhang, and Quiang Wu’s paper, “F1000Prime Recommended Articles and Their Citations: An Exploratory Study of Four Journals” was published in Scientometrics.


Journalism & Electronic Media

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. 

Professor Barb Kaye presented two papers at the National Communication Association’s annual conference, November 14-17, 2019, in Baltimore: 

  • Chang Sup Park (SUNY Albany) and Kaye were awarded top paper for Asian/Pacific American Caucus and Asian/Pacific American Communication Studies Division for: “Doubt Versus Trust: Examining Framing Effects of the News About the Denuclearization Summit Between the United States and Canada.” 
  • Kaye and Tom Johnson (University of Texas, Austin): “Under the Influence: The Effect of ‘Presumed Media Influence” on Political Attitudes and Trust.” 

Professor Sam Swan had two articles published by the United States Agency for Global Media in Prague and distributed to affiliates of Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Eastern and Central Europe and Central Asia: “Giving Strategies for Growing Radio and TV Stations” and “New Year, New Relationships.” 


Mark Your Calendar

Feb. 18-20: UT Social Media Week

Feb. 21: Diversity Student Leaders Society’s Experience Diversity Banquet

Feb. 28: CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting (Patrick Auditorium, 9-11 a.m.) 

March 2: CCI Research Symposium

April 13: CCI/ADPR/JEM Honors Convocation

April 17: CCI Board of Visitors Spring Meeting 

April 24: Last Day of Classes

April 24: CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting (Patrick Auditorium, 9-11 a.m.)

April 27: Communication Studies Honors Convocation and Student Awards

April 27: Study Day

April 28: Final Exams Begin

May 7: Graduate Hooding Ceremony (Thompson-Boling Arena, 7 p.m.)

May 8: CCI Commencement Ceremony (Thompson-Boling Arena, 8:30 a.m.); Reception to follow at Communications Building Patio/Lobby 

May 8: SIS Hooding Ceremony (Haslam Music Center, 2 p.m.)Reception to follow at Communications Building Patio/Lobby