Faculty Win Grant to Study Russian Disinformation Campaigns
An interdisciplinary research team from communications, anthropology, and political science will study Russian disinformation campaigns in three former Soviet republics as part of a $1.6 million Minerva research grant awarded through the United States Department of Defense.
UT researchers were one of only 12 academic groups nationwide selected for the prestigious Minerva Research Initiative awards this year.
The research team for the project consists of faculty members from five departments: Maureen Taylor (advertising and public relations), Catherine Luther (journalism and electronic media), Suzie Allard (information sciences), Michael Fitzgerald and Brandon Prins (political science), and Alex Bentley (anthropology). Also closely involved in the project are Natalie Rice, research associate for the College of Communication and Information’s Center for Information and Communication Studies, and Oleg Manaev, global security fellow at the UT Institute of Nuclear Security.
“The study will monitor and analyze the content of Russian information warfare and measure the effectiveness the tactics have in shaping opinion in Eastern European nations Georgia, Ukraine, and Belarus,” said Taylor, director of the School of Advertising and Public relations and principal investigator for the study.
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Recognitions, October 17
Record Number of Haslam Students Studying Abroad
An increasingly globalized market requires professionals with international knowledge and experience. The Haslam College of Business aims to provide the opportunities and support needed to gain such experience. Sara Easler, Director of the Office of International Programs and Study Abroad, leads the effort to increase student participation in faculty-directed, summer and semester-length programs The numbers demonstrate her team’s success.
“This past year we’ve seen 33 percent growth in our faculty-directed programming, while overall participation across all programs grew 20 percent to an all-time high of 367 students with an international study experience in a single academic year,” Easler says.
Recognitions, September 19
McCullock Named Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
McCullock has more than 20 years of experience in finance, auditing, and operations across several industries. Most recently, she served as director of finance and administrative affairs for the Tickle College of Engineering.
“I’m excited about this new opportunity and I look forward to expanding my contribution to the mission of the university,” said McCullock. Continue reading