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Inside CCI: February 7, 2020

Advertising & Public Relations

Doctoral Student Alex Carter was featured in the Compass article, “Touchdowns and Fumbles,” about social media reactions to Super Bowl advertisements, which Carter tracked in real time at the Adam Brown Social Media Command Center.

Associate Professor Michael Palenchar had two papers accepted for presentation at the International Public Relations Research Conference in Orlando, Florida, March 5-7:

  • “Anecdotes Over Evidence, Ostracize over Community: A Narrative Analysis of the Anti-Vaccination Movement” with doctoral student Anna Kochingina.
  • “Believe in Something – Even If It Means Sacrificing Everything: The Challenges and Opportunities of Competing on Social Purposes” with Shari Veil (University of Kentucky).

Assistant Professor Matthew Pittman will present two papers at the International Communication Conference in Gold Coast, Australia, May 21-25:

  • “Distinguishing Feast-Watching from Cringe-Watching: Planned, Social, and Attentive Binge-Watching Predicts Increased Well-Being and Decreased Regret” with Emil Steiner (Rowan University).
  • “Under the (Social Media) Influence: Context of Green Advertising Appeals Mediates Effects on Purchase Intent and Attitude Change” with Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch and Ashley Brennan (both from the University of Connecticut).

Professor Candace White received a Fulbright Specialist Grant to work at the Universita degli Studi di Siena in Italy during April and May.

Information Sciences

Associate Professor Wade Bishop, master’s student Hannah Gunderman, and Rebecca Howard’s (MSIS ’19) paper, “Data Curation Profiling to Assess Data Management Training Needs and Practices to Inform a Toolkit,” was published in Data Science Journal.

Doctoral student Iman Tahamtan and Lutz Bornmann’s (Max Planck Society) paper, “Altmetrics and Societal Impact Measurements; Match or Mismatch? A Literature Review,” was published in El Profesional de la Información.

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. The center was recently named a top-10 think tank worldwide according to the 2019 Pennsylvania Global Go To Think Tank Rankings Survey. His opinion column, “Low-Income Citizens Deserve Better Digital Privacy Protection Too,”  was published in Morning Consult.

Scientific American’s Robin Lloyd will speak on “The End of Investigative Science Writing?” at the 28th annual Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture on March 31 beginning 8 p.m. in the College of Nursing Auditorium. On April 1 at 3:30 p.m. in the Scripps Lab Theater, she will also be speaking in a Master Class on “How to Break into Science Writing.” The Master Class is for students nominated by faculty members because of their interest in science writing; to nominate a student, contact Professor Mark Littmann at


Applications are open for students interested in attending the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters (TAB) Radio Talent Institute, which will be held June 15-24 in the Scripps Lab. The institute is for students interested in a broadcasting career and provides networking opportunities with professionals from around the region.

Mark Your Calendar

Feb. 18-20: UT Social Media Week

Feb. 21: CCI Experience Diversity Banquet (Bearden Banquet Hall, 7 p.m.)

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

March 2: CCI Research Symposium

March 31: Hill Lecture, Featuring Robin Lloyd of Scientific American (College of Nursing Auditorium, 8 p.m.)

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: UT 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