Dr. Asafa Jalata has received a Fulbright grant for the 2014-2015 academic year to teach and conduct research on the evolution of democracy in Botswana.He will teach Sociology of Development at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Botswana, Gaborone, and he will engage in research to write articles and a comparative book entitled Cultural Capital and Democracy in Botswana and Ethiopia.
Relatively speaking, Botswana is praised for its economic and democratic successes and peace, unlike many areas of Dr. Jalata’s previous research. The main question he will address is: What are the major factors that have contributed to these successes and how can more successes be achieved in the future?
Eric Lukosi, assistant professor of nuclear engineering, accepts a plaque commemorating his receipt of the 2013 Ralph Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek. Lukosi will use the award to develop high-performance batteries. The Powe award is given competitively to early-career researchers at member universities by Oak Ridge Associated Universities. The Office of Research and Engagement matches the $5,000 award from ORAU. From left, Wayne Davis, dean of the College of Engineering; Greg Reed, associate vice chancellor for research and engagement; Cheek; Lukosi; and Wes Hines, head of nuclear engineering.
The Office of Research & Engagement is seeking nominations for Scholar of the Week, a Quest feature that spotlights recent achievements of faculty and students whose scholarship has received significant recognition. Forward nominations to Alan Rutenberg.
Marian Roman, associate professor of nursing, has been honored for her work in aiding people with mental illness in the Knoxville community. The American Psychiatric Nursing Association gave her its 2013 Award for Innovation for developing LaunchPoint, a comprehensive, multi-week life recovery program for people who are homeless.
Witold Nazarewicz, professor of physics, has been named a 2013 UT-Battelle Corporate Fellow. The honor recognizes Nazarewicz’s accomplishments and continuing leadership in theoretical nuclear physics, especially in research on the physics of exotic nuclei.
Harry “Hap” McSween, professor of earth and planetary sciences, has been awarded the Whipple Award from the American Geophysical Union for his contributions to planetary science. McSween will deliver the Whipple Lecture at the group’s December meeting in San Francisco.