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Circle Park News: October 2020

Dean Mike Wirth to Return to Teaching

Mike Wirth, dean of the College of Communication and Information for the past 14 years, has announced his decision to step down and return to teaching at the end of the current academic year. Wirth is an internationally known expert in the field of cable telecommunication and broadcast economics, and his career includes many accomplishments and accolades. He is a current member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication.


A Second Mother:’ Remembering Bonnie Hufford

When students and colleagues remember Bonnie Hufford, they forgo the usual terms. She was not just a lecturer in the school of journalism, or an advisor, or a volunteer — she was family. It is fair to say that Hufford, who passed away on Oct. 2 at the age of 66 after a decades-long battle with cancer, was one of the most beloved of all UT instructors during her 31 years at the university. Read about Bonnie Hufford.


CCI Alumni Start Remote Internship Program for Students

As many students around the country had their summer internship plans put on hold because of COVID-19 and economic uncertainty, the University of Tennessee’s New York City Alumni Chapter quickly organized a virtual internship program for future communicators. Learn more about remote internships.


CCI Scripps Lab Provides Safe, Quiet Space for Students

So much has changed for students at the University of Tennessee in the past few months – just as it has around the world, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But some things have stayed relatively the same, just with a few tweaks, and the decade-old Scripps Convergence Lab is one of those things. Read about Scripps Lab.


Putting the Data Behind E-commerce

For every product you search for while shopping online, there are layers of data that led you to it. Granular data that have been dug up, categorized, standardized, and recorded by teams of people like Laura Creekmore (MSIS ’17). Read the full story.


Knox County Library Honors Geidner, ‘The Library that Dolly Built’

Knox County Library honored JEM Associate Professor Nick Geidner on Sept. 17 for the Land Grant Films documentary, “The Library that Dolly Built.” The film’s national premiere was delayed because of the pandemic but will now stream on Dec. 9. Learn about the new documentary.


Q&A with IRTS Fellow Ford Sanders

In his journey to becoming a news anchor after graduation, senior journalism and electronic media major Ford Sanders has gained experience with news stations on the local and national scale during his time as a UT student, from working with WVLT-TV and the UT Today program in Knoxville to interning with CBS’ New York City-based programs. Read more about Ford Sanders.


Potnis Honored as ASIS&T SIG Member of the Year

SIS Associate Professor Devendra Potnis, whose deep passion for helping people at an international level has fueled his research and service work, has been selected to receive the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Special Interest Group Member of the Year Award. Learn more about this award winner.


Additional News

Jenkins Explores Digital News Trends of Local, Regional Newspapers
Q&A with Senior Sports Photographer Kate Luffman
SIS Participation in Fall Conferences
Student Kathleen Smith Awarded Tennessee School Library Association Scholarship
Madison Langseth (’15) Brings Science, Data, and Information Schemes Together at USGS
Dan Greene: SIS Alum, Staff, Lecturer