Here’s a list of faculty, staff, and students who have made headlines for their accomplishments in recent months.
The Office of Sustainability has been named a finalist in the Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards, which honor the best environmental efforts among colleges and universities that have signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.
The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment has won the best website award from the Southern Association for Institutional Research for the second year in a row.
The Office of Orientation and Transition had the outstanding publication for new students or family members at the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education annual conference. Graduate assistant James Kelly and intern Annie Bures also won the top prize in the graduate student case study competition.
The School of Architecture has been ranked thirteenth among those at public universities and twenty-seventh among private and public institution programs, according to the Design Futures Council’s 2016 DesignIntelligence annual report. DesignIntelligence is a leading source of rankings for design programs.
Provost Susan D. Martin received the 2015 Confucius Institute Individual Performance Excellence Award at the opening ceremony of the tenth Confucius Institute Conference in Shanghai.
English Professor Margaret Lazarus Dean’s book Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight, which will be the 2016 Life of the Mind book, was named one of the Top Books of 2015 by New York Times book reviewer Michiko Kakutani.
Four faculty members are serving as Fulbright Scholars this academic year: Patrick Biddix, an associate professor of educational leadership in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, is conducting research at Concordia University in Montreal. Joseph Bozell, a professor of biomass chemistry in UT’s Center for Renewable Carbon, is conducting research at Ghent University in Belgium. Brad Collett, an assistant professor of plant sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, will head to Slovenia in February to teach at the University of Ljubjana during the spring semester. Brendan McConville, an associate professor of music theory and composition, will lecture and research this spring at the Luisa D’Annunzio Conservatory of Music in Pescara, Italy.
Cong Trinh, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Donatello Materassi, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, have received National Science Foundation CAREER awards. This prestigious honor is given to promising young faculty members to support particular areas of research.
Annette Engel, an associate professor of earth and planetary sciences, has been elected a fellow of the Explorers Club, an international multidisciplinary professional society that promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural, and biological sciences.
Theresa M. Lee, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was appointed chair of the Committee on Research Institutions, one of eight standing committees of the national Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences.
John D. Birdwell, professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer science, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
James Rose, an adjunct assistant professor of architecture, has been named one of the Top 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016 by the Design Futures Council.
Mingzhou Jin, associate head of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and a fellow of the Center for Transportation Research, has been invited to join On Track North America, a nonprofit think tank devoted to maximizing the potential of rail transportation within the continent.
Tom Zawodzinski, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Electrical Energy Conversion and Storage, has been named a fellow of the American Chemical Society’s Polymer Science Division and has been appointed to the international advisory board of the Journal of Power Sources.
Takeski Egami, a UT-ORNL Distinguished Scientist and professor of materials science and engineering, has been honored as an Aris Phillips Lecturer by Yale University for his efforts on theory, simulation, and characterization of metallic glasses. Egami will present a lecture at the school’s New Haven, Connecticut, campus in February.
Professor Jack Dongarra, who serves as director of the Innovative Computing Laboratory, was chosen by HPCwire Magazine readers for an award for outstanding leadership in high-performance computing.
Luke Harlow, associate professor of history, has received the Kentucky Historical Society’s 2015 History Award for his book Religion, Race, and the Making of Confederate Kentucky, 1830–1880.
Red Bird water kiosk
The College of Architecture and Design has received several honors from the American Institute of Architects. A water kiosk project located in the Red Bird community of Clay County, Kentucky, earned a Design Award of Merit. Distinguished Professor Marleen Davis received the 2015 Gold Medalist Award and retired professor Bill Shell received the Award of Merit.
John Orme, a professor of social work, has been selected to become a fellow in the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.
Jeff Kovac, a professor of chemistry, has been elected a senator in the nation’s oldest academic honor society, the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
Steve Smith, dean of libraries, has been elected to the board of directors of the Association of Research Libraries, a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the United States and Canada.
Donald Tyler, a professor of soil management research, was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agriculture.
Nick Baker, an agricultural communications major, has been elected secretary of the national Future Farmers of America.
Alicia Johnson, a doctoral student in sport studies, received the Student Diversity Award from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.
Engineering graduate student Lingwei Zhan, who works with the Center for Ultra-Wide-Area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT), has been named the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative Outstanding Student of the Year for 2015.
Christopher Reese, who graduated in May in honors anthropology, and Caroline Darlington, a senior in honors nursing, were recognized for their innovative research by Undergraduate Awards, an international interdisciplinary awards program.
A UT student and a recent graduate were honored with 2015 Pinnacle Awards presented by the College Media Association for their work in The Daily Beacon. Troy Provost-Heron, a senior in journalism and electronic media, won best sports game story, and Hannah Cather, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in JEM, won second place for best photo illustration.
Asante Knowles, a freshman in psychology, won the short essay portion of the Campus Fire Safety for Students contest sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association, the Center for Campus Fire Safety, and the University of New Haven Fire Science Club.
Three students who attended the Summer Research Experience at NIMBioS won a national competition to present their work at the NatureServe EcoInformatics Workshop in Washington, DC, in December. During their time at NIMBioS, Ashish Gauli (Fisk University), Nathan Wikle (Truman State University), and Ryan Yan (College of William and Mary) developed ComFlo, an interactive website that can be used to help track the potential spread of invasive species via shipping routes.