Here’s a list of faculty, staff, and students who have made headlines for their accomplishments in recent months.
The Daily Beacon, UT’s editorially independent student newspaper, won multiple awards in the 2016 Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors’ annual college media contest. The publication won first-place awards for news graphic or illustration, news story, newspaper reporter, and sports reporting.
VOLeaders Academy, a partnership between the Center for Leadership and Service; the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society; Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; and Athletics, has been honored by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators as a 2015–16 Gold Award winner in several categories.
The debate team brought home more than twenty awards and claimed the title of national champion for the third consecutive year at the International Public Debate Association National Debate Tournament.
The dance team recently won top honors at the UCA and UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship. The team beat the University of Minnesota and Arizona State University, which finished second and third respectively, in Division Jazz 1A. This win accompanies previous wins in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2015.
UT’s chapter of Delta Tau Delta has received a Hugh Shields Award from the international fraternity for being one of the top ten chapters in the fraternity. The award recognizes excellence in chapter finance, recruitment, membership education, academics, alumni relations, and community service.
The Office of Communications and Marketing received several awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The group received awards of excellence for the 2014 Chancellor’s Annual Report and the consent campaign; and a grand award for Tennessee’s Energy, the 2014 halftime spot with Candace Parker and Governor’s Chair for Power Electronics Yilu Liu. The office also won sixteen American Advertising Federation ADDY awards. Gold awards were received for the When I Became a Vol Big Orange Give Video; the Experience Learning campaign; Vol Minute featuring Tennessee Rowing; and the Make Orange Green calendar.
Faculty and Staff
Susan Riechert has been honored with a 2016 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award. The Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology has worked to make science education more accessible to public school students.
Yilu Liu, Governor’s Chair for Power Electronics, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, which is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.
Two faculty members received the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER awards, honors given to promising young faculty members to support their research. Brian O’Meara, an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is developing computer software that will allow researchers to create and test realistic models matching their hypotheses without having to know many details of computer coding. Jon Hathaway, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, works for sustainable urban water management. Two other UT faculty members who recently received CAREER awards are Cong Trinh, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Donatello Materassi, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science.
Steven Wilhelm, the Kenneth and Blaire Mossman Professor in the Department of Microbiology, and Frank Loeffler, Governor’s Chair for Microbiology and Civil and Environmental Engineering and professor of microbiology, have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology.
Joseph V. Carcello, department head and Ernst and Young and Business Alumni Professor in the Department of Accounting and Information Management, and co-founder and director of research at the Corporate Governance Center, has been appointed to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s Investor Advisory Group for the 2015–2018 term.
Stuart N. Brotman, the Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Communication and Information, has received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Scholarship Award from the Broadcast Education Association. He is the first UT professor to receive this honor. He also has been named an affiliated researcher at the Media Management Transformation Centre, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden. He is one of only two Americans serving in this capacity.
Mary McAlpin, professor and associate head of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, has received a Camargo Foundation fellowship for fall 2016. Located in Cassis, France, the foundation accepts eight fellows each semester and provides them with funding to work exclusively on their proposed projects and present their work once during the eight-week residency.
Erin Hardin, associate head and director of the undergraduate psychology program, received the 2016 Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award given by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.
Terri Combs-Orme, Urban Child Institute Endowed Professor in the College of Social Work, has been invited to teach at Texas Christian University as the Cecil and Ida Green Honors Professor for fall 2016. She will visit the campus for several days to lecture and share her experience with students and faculty.
Nick Wierschem, assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering, was recently selected as an American Society of Civil Engineers ExCEEd 2016 teaching fellow. He will attend the ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Workshop at the US Military Academy this summer.
Brett Compton, assistant professor in mechanical, aerospace, and biomedical engineering, was awarded a fellowship from the Air Force Research Laboratory Summer Faculty Fellowship program. He will spend two months at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base lab researching the use of additive manufacturing in producing survivable electronics and sensing applications.
Tina Shephardson, professor of religious studies, and Tore Olsson, assistant professor of history, have received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Shephardson is studying the origins of anti-Chalcedonian Christian tradition and the history of early Christian conflict. Olsson is studying the interaction between American and Mexican efforts to modernize agriculture in the 1930s and 1940s, and the attempt to reform third-world agriculture during the Cold War. Olsson also recently received the Wayne D. Rasmussen Award from the Agricultural History Society for a related article that appeared in the Journal of Southern History.
Megan Bryson, assistant professor of religious studies, has been named a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies. The fellowships allow scholars to spend six to twelve months researching and writing full time.
Shannen Dee Williams, assistant professor of history, will be a scholar in residence next academic year at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City and will be working on her upcoming book, Subversive Habits: Black Nuns and the Long Struggle to Desegregate Catholic America.
Kate Jones, an associate professor of physics, has been appointed to the US Department of Energy/National Science Foundation Nuclear Science Advisory Committee, a twenty-one-member panel that provides recommendations about nuclear science to the two agencies.
Digital humanities librarian Ashley Maynor has been named a “mover and shaker” in the library world. Library Journal recently profiled her as one of fifty-four information professionals who are shaping the future of libraries.
Bob Kronick, professor of educational psychology and counseling, was honored as a visionary of Knoxville community schools at the Community Schools Celebration co-hosted by the League of Women Voters and South Knoxville Elementary School.
Shellen Wu, assistant professor of history, has been awarded a residential research fellowship from the National Humanities Center for the next academic year to work on her book Global Frontiers and the Geopolitical Making of Modern China.
Larry Taylor, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and director of the Planetary Geosciences Institute, has been elected an honorary fellow of the Russian Mineralogical Society and Russian Academy of Sciences. Taylor is known for his research on planetary rocks from the moon, Mars, and asteroids, as well as terrestrial rocks and diamonds from deep within the earth.
Ernest L. Brothers, associate dean of the Graduate School, is president-elect of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools.
Ed Cortez, professor of information sciences, has been appointed chair of the American Libraries Association Committee on Education.
Justine Holzman, an adjunct assistant professor in the College of Architecture and Design, has been selected as the 2016 Maeder-York Family Fellow in Landscape Studies at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. She will be in residence this summer.
Wendy Tate, associate professor of supply chain management, was recently named co-editor in chief of the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management.
Scott Poole, dean of the College of Architecture and Design, was elected to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows.
Will Jennings, a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science, was named the inaugural recipient of the American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Award.
Holly Mercer, associate dean of libraries, will participate in the 2016–2017 Leadership Fellows program sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries. She is one of twenty-eight fellows selected from the United States and Canada.
Fay Adams, associate professor of piano, has been named the Music Teachers National Association Teacher of the Year.
Henri Grissino-Mayer, a geography professor, has been certified as a senior wildland fire ecologist by the Association for Fire Ecology.
Four people affiliated with the university were on this year’s “40 Under Forty” list published by the Knoxville News Sentinel. This list recognizes “a group of young leaders who are leaving their mark on Knoxville through their professional and philanthropic efforts.” Those honored included David Byrd, managing director, Clarence Brown Theatre; Kyra Elzy-Lander, associate head coach and recruiter, women’s basketball; Greg Hulen, associate athletics director and chief development officer, UT Foundation; and Tyvi Small, director of diversity and community relations, Haslam College of Business.
Marvelene Moore, professor emerita of music, has received the University of Michigan School of Music’s Hall of Fame Award, which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to society and their profession. Moore, who earned her doctorate from the Michigan School of Music in 1977, is a prolific writer who helped to define the field of general music education.
Several students and recent graduates have been named Fulbright Scholars for 2016–17: Desiree Dube, a senior in history and Russian studies, who will be going to Russia to teach English; Kathleen “Kassie” Ernst, a doctoral student in energy geography at the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education, who will be going to Sweden to study how climate information gleaned from models can be made more useful for urban policy makers; Kenna Rewcastle, a 2015 College Scholars graduate, who will be going to Sweden to complete research on the impact of climate change on the food source for reindeer herds managed by the Sami indigenous people; and Lydia Walker, a doctoral student in history, who will be going to Belgium to study the sermons of Jacques de Vitry. Taylor Cox, a 2015 graduate in chemistry, was named a Fulbright alternate.
Mickayla Stogsdill, freshman in public administration, beat more than sixty other competitors to win the title of 2015–2016 National Novice Champion in the International Public Debate Association National Debate Tournament.
Taylor Odom, a third-year student in the School of Interior Design, has earned a 2016 Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship. Scholarship candidates are evaluated on their analysis and problem-solving skills, design development, graphic presentation, communication skills, and passion.
Four doctoral students have been selected to be a part of the 2016 National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship program: Benjamin Brock of Johnson City, Tennessee, who studies computer programming languages and computer architecture; Andrew Orekhov of Morristown, Tennessee, who researches control techniques for flexible robotic systems in minimally invasive surgical applications; Jayde Aufrecht of McCook, Nebraska, who studies the effect of extreme weather events on plant roots and other below-ground life; and Nicholas Coles of Longwood, Florida, who studies whether happiness and sadness can co-occur.
Vols quarterback Joshua Dobbs received the Amateur “Peach of an Athlete” Role Model Award at the thirty-second annual Peach of an Athlete Role Model Banquet at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The event honors amateur and professional athletes who exemplify good character and athletic achievement. Other honorees included University of Georgia women’s golfer Sylvie Brick; Dikembe Mutombo, former professional basketball player; and Mike Plant, executive vice president of the Atlanta Braves.
Caroline Knight, a junior majoring in cinema studies, has won an award from the College Media Association for her film Visionary, made in Associate Professor Paul Harrill’s film class last fall. A documentary about a Knoxville woman who formed a support group for adults who have lost their vision, the film has also been accepted into the Nashville Film Festival.