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Alumna Curates McClung Exhibit on Alaska Native Art

When Christine Dano Johnson walked across the stage at commencement in May, she knew her work on campus was far from finished.


Christine Dano Johnson holds a Yup’ik box featured in her mini exhibition, Land, Spirit, and Sea: Alaska Native Art from the 19th and 20th Centuries, at the McClung Museum.

Following her graduation from UT, Dano Johnson turned her focus onto polishing her curatorial experience. This led her to curate her first solo mini exhibition, Land, Sea, and Spirit: Alaska Native Art from the 19th and 20th Centuries, at the McClung Museum.

The exhibition, which opens Tuesday, July 12, features her research into the McClung’s Alaska Native collections and an array of material culture reflective of the worldviews of the Iñupiat and the Yup’ik people. It will run through October 19.
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Recognitions, July 22

Please send faculty, staff, and student recognitions to Erin Chapin (

  • Clay Jones began serving as president of the Alumni Board of Directors on July 1. Jones was named a Torchbearer (UT’s highest undergraduate honor) as a student. His is the former chairman and CEO of Rockwell Collins Inc, and he and his wife established the Director of Leadership Programming Endowment (used to expand students’ leadership opportunities across campus).
  • Eric Wade, assistant professor of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, has received a new R15 award from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, “Quantifying and Reducing Motor Compensation after Stroke in Ambient Settings.” Continue reading

Funding Opportunities Roundup, July 22

Federal Opportunities

Please notify Paul Montgomery (  of your interest in the following opportunities.

ONR: Fundamental Research in Atomic, Molecular and Quantum Physics

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has published a solicitation entitled Fundamental Research in Atomic, Molecular and Quantum Physics. (See “related documents” tab.) ONR is seeking both theoretical and experimental projects in the following categories, which are described on p. 4 of the solicitation:
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Study: Tails Might Have Helped Vertebrates Evolve from Sea to Land

When early terrestrial animals began moving about on mud and sand 360 million years ago, the powerful tails they used as fish may have been more important than scientists previously realized.

That’s one conclusion from a new study of African mudskipper fish and a robot modeled on the animal conducted by a multidisciplinary team of physicists, biologists, and roboticists from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Clemson University, Carnegie Mellon University and the UT-based National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS).
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Recognitions, July 8

  • Wayne Davis, dean of the College of Engineering, has been elected as a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)—one of the highest honors an engineering educator can receive—in recognition of his contributions as a researcher, teacher, and leader.

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