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Jeff BeckerJeff Becker

Jeffrey M. Becker is professor and head of the department of microbiology. Becker has trained more than thirty doctoral students who hold faculty or staff positions at many major institutions, has published more than 240 peer-reviewed articles, and has been awarded grants for research from many national agencies. He holds a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant in the thirty-third year of continuous funding, and he has received a Research Career Development Award from NIH. Becker is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He serves on the NIH Drug Discovery and Mechanisms of Antimicrobial Resistance Study Section, on the editorial board of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, and as associate editor of the journal Microbiology. Becker has been a consultant to the pharmaceutical companies Eli Lilly, Merck, and Smith-Kline Beckman.

DeSensiJoy T. DeSensi

Chancellor’s Professor Joy T. DeSensi, professor of exercise, sport and leisure studies, College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, and associate dean of the Graduate School, is passionate about the sociocultural issues of sport and all aspects of diversity and ethics in sport management. A prolific researcher, she co-authored the book, Ethics and Morality in Sport Management, has led numerous national professional organizations and has been recognized often for her commitment to teaching.

Bill FoxWilliam "Bill" Fox

William “Bill” Fox, the William B. Stokely Distinguished Professor of Business and the director of UT’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), is the leading national expert on Internet taxation and has extensive expertise in state tax policy, public finance (operations between government and private sectors), and fiscal federalism. He has served as a consultant on finance, taxation, and economic development in the United States and in developing countries including Rwanda, Egypt, and Jordan. He has worked with multinational organizations, such as the World Bank, in creating and revamping tax structures for foreign governments.


GlissonCharles Glisson

Chancellor’s Professor Charles Glisson, distinguished professor of social work, finds ways to cut through red tape so that social and mental health services can be delivered to troubled children. As director of the Children’s Mental Health Services Center, he designs practical steps that improve child welfare, juvenile justice and mental health. His distinguished career includes leadership positions in professional organizations and extensive roles as lead investigator on federally funded research projects.

Sally HornSally Horn

Chancellor’s Professor Sally Horn, professor of geography, examines global environmental change and human-environment interactions during the Quaternary period of Earth’s history, which began some 2.6 million years ago and includes the “Ice Ages” of the Pleistocene as well as the warmer Holocene epoch in which we live today. With students and other collaborators she has studied the impacts of climate change and prehistoric and modern human activity on vegetation and landscapes of the Southeastern U.S., Central and South America, and the Caribbean and tropical Atlantic regions. Horn helped to organize, and now directs, UT’s Initiative for Quaternary Paleoclimate Research.

Suzanne LenhartSuzanne Lenhart

Suzanne Lenhart is a professor of mathematics. Lenhart’s work in the field of mathematical biology has been used in devising drug strategies to treat HIV and in making recommendations to change the chest pressure pattern in CPR. Her work also has been used to help combat environmental problems, such as black bear population control, fishery maintenance and control of the gypsy moth. Lenhart has received grants from the National Science Foundation almost continuously since 1985, and she is the associate director for education, outreach, and diversity at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS). She was the director of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in the Department of Mathematics for fifteen years and is now the director of such a program for NIMBioS.

Beauvais LyonsBeauvais Lyons

Beauvais Lyons is a James R. Cox Professor of Art. Lyons is an expert in printmaking, contemporary art, art parody, mock documentation, and art censorship issues. His one-person exhibitions have been presented at more than sixty galleries and museums in the United States and abroad. Lyons is well known for his “Hokes Archives,” creating mock academic projects in archaeology, medicine, folk art, and zoology. His prints are in numerous public collections, including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, DC, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2002, and in 2003 and 2004 he served as president of the UT Knoxville Faculty Senate.

Hap McSween Harry "Hap" McSween

Chancellor’s Professor Harry “Hap” McSween, head of the department of earth and planetary sciences, studies meteorites and what they tell us about the formation and evolution of the solar system. A highly respected member of the UT faculty for more than 30 years, he is especially proud to be the namesake for asteroid 5223, McSween.

John T. Mentzer John T. Mentzer

Chancellor’s Professor John T. “Tom” Mentzer, professor of marketing and logistics, College of Business Administration, is nationally recognized for his teaching, cutting edge research and extensive publishing in the field of logistics and marketing. He has served as a consultant to more than 100 corporations and government agencies.

Professor Tom Mentzer passed away on February 26, 2010. A tribute to Professor Mentzer and his many contributions to the University of Tennessee appears in Tennessee Today.

pharrGeorge Pharr

Chancellor’s Professor George Pharr, head of the materials science and engineering department, and a dual UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory appointment, has gained national and international recognition as a leader in the areas of mechanical behavior of materials, nanoindentation and thin film mechanical properties.

tenopirCarol Tenopir

Chancellor’s Professor Carol Tenopir, professor of information sciences in the College of Communication and Information, studies the ways the digital age affects how we retrieve and process information. A highly productive teacher and researcher, she has published and taught extensively about the impact of technology on reference librarians and scientists. She is recognized as a thought leader in the online information industry.

Lawrence TownsendLawrence Townsend

Lawrence Townsend is the Robert M. Condra Professor of Nuclear Engineering. Townsend’s work in space radiation protection and transport codes has been used by NASA’s Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER) project team, part of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft and by the NASA Space Radiation Analysis Group, which handles radiation exposure monitoring for astronauts on manned space missions. Townsend was a senior scientist and radiation expert at NASA before coming to UT Knoxville and recently has been an expert source for the media on radiation sickness symptoms in light of the nuclear crisis in Japan.