College of Communication and Information News

What’s Your Big Idea?—Pandora for Your Taste Buds

How cool would it be for food to taste exactly how you want it to? Andrew Foust, alumnus of the College of Communication and Information and digital business director at McCormick Spices, has the big idea of creating a mechanism to personalize spices.

Communicator and Advocate Honored with Accomplished Alumni Award

Wendell Potter, a veteran journalist, public relations executive, author, and advocate for health care and insurance reform, received an Accomplished Alumni award yesterday. The 1973 journalism graduate was honored by UT with the award. The Accomplished Alumni program recognizes notable alumni.

Have Book, Can Travel: UT Center Offers Summer Reading Ideas for Kids

School’s out, and vacation time is upon us. Whether the family is planning a vacation or staycation, kids can do some vicarious globetrotting this summer by reading books. Teachers, libraries, and parents can learn more about great books for kids at The Best New Books 2013 workshop on July 19 at the East Tennessee History Center. “Summer reading is important for kids so their skills stay sharp and they’re ready to hit the ground running again when school starts back up in the fall,” said Miranda Clark, director of the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. The center is co-hosting the workshop with the Knox County Public Library.

Journalism Professor Awarded Fulbright Grant to Teach in Ethiopia

Sam Swan, professor of journalism and electronic media and director of internationalization and outreach in the College of Communication and Information, has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant to teach this summer at two universities in Ethiopia. This is the second Fulbright grant Swan has received in the last year. He taught at the University of Zagreb in Croatia last December.

UT School Named to International Organization

UT’s School of Information Sciences has been named as a member of the iSchools organization, an international group of colleges and universities dedicated to advancing the understanding of the relationships between information, people, and technology.

Perseverance Was Key to Getting Degree, 32-year-old Graduate Says

Working full time, being a full-time dad, and being a full-time student was more than a full plate for Luke Amos. But he made it, and today, thirty-two-year-old Amos graduates from UT with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. “I was determined to get the degree because I realized it was the only path to a better life for me and my son,” he said.