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Skutnik, Szynkiewicz win Powe Award

(From left to right) Veerle Keppens, College of Engineering  Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs; Wes Hines, Nuclear Engineering Department Head; Steven Skutnik; Larry McKay, Department Head, Earth & Planetary Sciences; Anna Szynkiewicz; Chancellor Jimmy Cheek; Taylor Eighmy, Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement.

(From left to right) Veerle Keppens, College of Engineering Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs; Wes Hines, Nuclear Engineering Department Head; Steven Skutnik; Larry McKay, Department Head, Earth & Planetary Sciences; Anna Szynkiewicz; Chancellor Jimmy Cheek; Taylor Eighmy, Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement.

On September 12, 2014,  Chancellor Jimmy Cheek presented plaques to Dr. Steven Skutnik, assistant professor of Nuclear Engineering, and Dr. Anna Szynkiewicz, assistant professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences, as recipients of the 2014 Ralph Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).

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Political Science Researcher Builds Upon Assets of Rural County

Tim Ezzell, Research Scientist in the UTK Political Science Department, is partnering with the people in rural Calhoun County, WV to build on one of their more unusual assets.

County commissioner Bob Weaver appreciates the partnership: “We are among the smallest counties in West Virginia and we rarely have the funds to develop things on our own in terms of public projects. We view this as a real opportunity to maybe do something.”

More at the UT Community Engagement Facebook page.

2014 Outreach Grant Winner Terri Combs-Orme

outreachgrant-2014-Logo-300x152Terri Combs-Orme, Urban Child Institute Endowed Professor for the University of Tennessee’s College of Social Work, was awarded a 2013-14 Outreach and Engagement Incentive grant for her research with early childhood brain development.

Orme partnered with the Knox County Health Department to provide educational resources for disadvantaged mothers of young children.

Read more about her work at service.utk.edu

2014 Outreach Grant Winners: Collett, Fulton, and Friedmann

outreachgrant-2014-Logo-300x152Assistant Professor for the Department of Plant Sciences Brad Collett received a 2013-14 Outreach and Engagement Incentive Grant for his project, Tennessee Sustainability Coordination Planning and Engagement (T-SCaPE.)

Collett’s proposal called for a summit of key players in sustainability activities to better coordinate efforts between University of Tennessee Landscape Architecture Programs and community partners. He and his colleagues, Gale Fulton and Valerie Friedmann of UT’s LAP, developed a plan for organizing communication between different sustainability agencies within the state. A summit meeting facilitated inter-organizational communication for planning and community development, and involved area planners, developers and organizers.

Read more about their work at service.utk.edu.

Bohon Elected President of Southern Demographic Association

Stephanie Bohon, Sociology Stephanie Bohon, associate professor of sociology, has just been elected President of the Southern Demographic Association (SDA). Dr. Bohon’s term will begin in 2015-16 as president-elect, and she will serve her full term as president during 2016-17, when she will deliver her presidential address. Taking this office builds on Bohon’s successful editorship of the SDA’s academic journal, Population Research and Policy Review. Her presidency of the SDA, which was created at ORNL, corresponds with the Association’s 50th anniversary. Continue reading

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