Here’s a list of faculty, staff, and students who have made headlines for their accomplishments in recent months.
The Appalachia Project—a three-year project that helped bring clean drinking water, home safety and sanitation, and emergency preparedness to Clay County, Kentucky—has earned a C. Peter Magrath/W. K. Kellogg Exemplary Program designation. Sponsored by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and presented jointly by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Engagement Scholarship Association, the designation recognizes universities’ extraordinary community outreach projects. The Appalachia Project team includes Lisa Davenport and Meghan Hayes from the College of Nursing; David Matthews, John McRae, and Michelle Mokry from the College of Architecture and Design; Jenny Retherford and John Schwartz from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Don Green and Emily Miller from the Law Enforcement Innovation Center; and Stephanie Robinson and Gary Skolits from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.
The Office of Communications and Marketing won eight top-tier honors from the Tennessee College Public Relations Association for writing, public relations, design, social media, and video production work, including the Best in Show award for the “Because We’re Vols” video.
The Panhellenic Council was recognized with the Excellence Award by the National Panhellenic Conference. The council was one of twenty-seven councils out of more than six hundred to be recognized.
Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority Inc. Eta Chapter was selected as the Chapter of the Year at the sorority’s national convention.
Faculty and Staff
Sunha Choi, assistant professor in the College of Social Work, has received the 2016 Rose Dobrof Award from the Association for Gerontology in Social Work Education for “Out-of-Pocket Expenditures and the Financial Burden of Healthcare among Older Adults: By Nativity and Length of Residence in the United States,” which was selected as the most outstanding article published last year in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work.
Marleen Kay Davis and Thomas K. (T. K.) Davis, professors in the College of Architecture and Design, have been named co-recipients of the Samuel Morgan Lifetime Service Award for Contribution to Architecture in the Public Realm by the American Institute of Architects Tennessee.
Val Vojdik, Waller Lansden Distinguished Professor of Law, and Brian Krumm, associate professor of law and director of the College of Law’s Business Law and Trademark Clinic, were selected as Knoxville’s representatives on the sixteen-person Tennessee Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Each will serve a four-year term.
Jioni Lewis, assistant professor of psychology, has received two national awards for helping to advance the understanding of race and ethnicity. The Association for Women in Psychology recently honored her with the Women of Color Psychology Award. She also received the Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship on Race and Ethnicity Award from the American Psychological Association’s Society of Counseling Psychology.
Nan Gaylord and Lynda Hardy from the College of Nursing have been named to the American Academy of Nursing’s 2016 Class of New Fellows. Gaylord is an associate professor of nursing, the director of UT’s Center for Nursing Practice, and the director of the Vine School Health Clinic. Hardy is a professor and the associate dean for research.
College of Engineering Dean Wayne Davis has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education. He joins John Prados, professor emeritus of chemical engineering, as the only two faculty members to be elected ASEE fellows.
Dania Bilal, professor of information science, has been elected to the Association for Information Science and Technology’s Board of Directors.
Jack Dongarra has received two significant computing awards—the High Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing Achievement Award from the Association for Computer Machinery and the Super Computing 2016 Test of Time Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Dongarra, who directs the Innovative Computing Laboratory, is the Distinguished Professor of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Distinguished Research Staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Taylor Eighmy, vice chancellor for research and engagement, has received a 2016 Campus Leaders Who Care Award from the Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Association in recognition of his work to enhance laboratory and research safety at universities across the country.
Peter Gross, professor of journalism and electronic media, has been chosen to receive a 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award by Northern Illinois University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Donald W. King, adjunct professor in information sciences, received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, the University of Wyoming. King co-founded Westat Inc., one of the world’s leading private-sector statistical survey research organizations.
Senior Associate Athletics Director and Assistant Provost Joe Scogin has been named to the NCAA Division I Committee on Academics.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Safety and UT Police Chief Troy Lane has been elected to a three-year term as District 2 director for the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police. He will represent Knox, Blount, Claiborne, Grainger, Hamblen, Hancock, Jefferson, Sevier, and Union counties.
Jonathan Overly, director of the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition, part of the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, has received one of Governor Bill Haslam’s Environmental Stewardship Awards. During his tenure with the coalition, he has helped usher in a number of improvements to the region’s eco-infrastructure, from car charging stations to alternative fuel methods.
Joe Jarret, a lecturer in the Department of Political Science, won two writing awards from the Public Risk Management Association: Public Risk Magazine Article of the Year for “Overzealous Zoning—Challenges for the Public Risk Manager” and Public Risk Author of the Year.
Tore Olsson, assistant professor of history, has been awarded the Stuart Bernath Article Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations for his article “Sharecroppers and Campesinos: The American South, Mexico, and the Transnational Politics of Land Reform in the Radical 1930s,” published in the Journal of Southern History. The annual prize recognizes distinguished research and writing by junior scholars in the field of diplomatic relations.
Karen Sowers, dean of the College of Social Work, recently received Mental Health America’s 2016 George Goodman and Ruth P. Brudney Social Work Award for making significant contributions to the care and treatment of people with mental illnesses.
Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the College of Nursing, has been invited to serve as a member of the national advisory council for the Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice initiative. The initiative will fund up to twenty graduate nursing programs and partner organizations to develop interprofessional community-based clinical educational initiatives.
The Collegiate Sports Video Association has named Joe Harrington, sports technology coordinator for the football coaching staff, the 2015–16 Southeastern Conference Video Coordinator of the Year.
Greg Stuart, professor of psychology, has received the 2016 Toy Caldwell-Colbert Award for Distinguished Educator in Clinical Psychology from the Society of Clinical Psychology, Division 12 of the American Psychological Association.
Alina Clay, a junior from Memphis, is one of ten undergraduates selected from an applicant pool representing more than 160 universities nationwide to receive a prestigious 2016 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. She is the first UT student to be named a Pickering Fellow.
William Fredebeil, a senior in mechanical engineering, has received the $10,000 Legacy of Excellence Scholarship from the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals. SMRP offers scholarships to students aiming for careers in maintenance, reliability, and physical asset management.
Preeti Chandrachud, a fifth-year graduate student in chemistry, had her manuscript chosen as the top story in the well-known industry journal Organometallics. An amateur painter, Chandrachud was also invited to design the cover art for the issue.
Millicent Smith, a graduate student in journalism, spent her summer in a paid internship with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, after winning a national wonk tank competition sponsored by the US Department of State.
Can Huang, an electrical engineering doctoral candidate, has been honored with the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad.
Taylor Gilmore, a senior in journalism and electronic media, is one of thirty-one journalism students from eighteen universities who will lead an investigation into voting rights as part of the 2016 Carnegie-Knight News21 national multimedia investigative reporting initiative. News21 is headquartered at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Jade Hoyer, who is completing her MFA degree this semester, has been awarded the Ann Plato Fellowship from Trinity College for 2016–17. Hoyer will exhibit her work, give a public lecture, and teach classes in printmaking and papermaking and in social practice.