Communications students and faculty from five universities will present

their work to the public at UT on Friday, and a leader in communications

education will speak.

It's the annual College of Communications Research Symposium.

Students from several area universities were invited to submit research

papers for presentation at the symposium.

There will be 21 research presentations, with topics including

communications planning for the national football championship celebration,

the virtual library, web-based content analysis and other subjects.

Guido H. Stempel III, a distinguished professor emeritus at Ohio

University, will deliver a keynote address titled "Are Opinion Polls

Right?" Stempel is a visiting professor this spring in the College of

Communications.

Stempel has conducted 11 national public opinion surveys since 1992, and

articles based on those surveys have appeared in more than 100 newspapers,

including the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

"Dr. Stempel is one of the most distinguished journalism educators in the

country," said Herbert Howard, associate dean for graduate studies and

research in the college of communications.

Stempel was editor of Journalism Quarterly, the major research

journal in mass communications, for 17 years. He is also co-editor of the

newly created Web Journal of Mass Communication Research.

The research symposium is open to all who are interested and is free to the

general public. It will be held in the UC Shiloh Room on April 16 from 8

a.m. to 6 p.m. Stempel will give his lecture at 12:30 p.m.