UT Symposium to Explore Science, Risk Communication Research

KNOXVILLE — “Science Communication and Information Research” is the theme of the College of Communication and Information’s 33rd annual Research Symposium on Feb. 25 on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Bonnie Carroll, founder and president of Information International Associates (IIa), an Oak Ridge-based company that provides information management systems to governments and private industries in the U.S. and around the world, will deliver the keynote address. Carroll will speak on “Science, Government and Information: Finding and Communicating the Results of Research.”

The symposium will be held in the college auditorium (321 Communications), with the poster session located in the foyer outside the auditorium. All events during the symposium are free and open to the public.

“We selected science communication and information research as this year’s theme because sharing the results of scientific research is a critical part of improving our society and our world,” said Mike Wirth, dean of the college.

“I am especially excited to have Bonnie Carroll serve as our keynoter,” Wirth said. “Her vast experience in domestic and international information management systems will allow her to share leading-edge ideas and strategies for finding and communicating scientific, governmental and information research results.”

The symposium begins at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast in the foyer, followed by research paper presentations in the auditorium on the topic of “Science and Journalism.”

Another paper presentation session begins at 9:35 a.m. on the topic of “Communication in the Personal Life,” and the poster session begins at 10:35 a.m. in the foyer.

A special session on the research being conducted in the college’s new Risk, Health and Crisis Communication organized research unit follows at 11:30 a.m. Lunch begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Scripps Convergence Lab (402 Communications) and will feature the keynote address.

The afternoon paper session on the topic of “Innovative Technologies and Their Role in Communication and Information” begins at 2:10 p.m., and the closing comments and awards ceremony are set for 3:30 p.m. Awards will be given to the best paper by undergraduate students, the best paper by master’s students, the best collaborative paper by faculty and doctoral students, and the best poster.

For more information about the research symposium program, visit http://www.cci.utk.edu/symposium/2011program. To register, call 865-974-6651 or visit http://www.cci.utk.edu/symposium/registration.

C O N T A C T :

Charles Primm, UT Media Relations (865-974-5180 or primmc@utk.edu)

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