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Two Juniors Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships

Two UT juniors—Benjamin Brock and Adam LaClair—have been named 2015 Goldwater Scholars.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program awards scholarships to students studying mathematics, science, and engineering. Each scholarship provides a $7,500 award for undergraduate study and research.
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Interior Design Student Wins Prestigious Gensler Scholarship, Internship

Erin_Collins-225x300A UT student has been awarded a prestigious national scholarship and internship from Gensler, one of the world’s leading architecture, design and planning firms.

Erin Collins, a third-year interior design student, is the recipient of the 2015 Brinkmann Scholarship, one of two top academic scholarships awarded by Gensler annually. The scholarship will also provide a paid summer internship for Collins at any at Gensler regional office in the nation. Collins has elected to intern in San Francisco.

This is the first time the Brinkmann Scholarship has been given to a UT student.

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Staudt Named New IRB Vice Chair

Marlys Staudt

Marlys Staudt

Marlys Staudt, associate professor of social work, has been named vice chair of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Institutional Review Board (IRB).

The IRB regulates all research activities involving human subjects for UT Knoxville and the UT Institute of Agriculture, UT Institute for Public Service, and UT Space Institute.

In addition to serving as acting chair when appropriate and as a member of the board, Staudt will serve on the leadership team to identify needs and plan initiatives to help increase the IRB’s effectiveness.

“I believe it is important that we build a leadership infrastructure for the IRB that includes persons with diverse backgrounds that help us support the research diversity of the entire UT Knoxville research community,” said Colleen Gilrane, IRB chair and associate professor of theory and practice in teacher education. “Her experiences as a researcher, an advisor of student research, and a member of the IRB combine to make her especially qualified to contribute to the IRB in a leadership position.”
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UT Student Earns Princeton in Asia Fellowship to Work at Myanmar Newspaper

RJ-VogtR. J. Vogt, a Haslam Scholar and senior in the College Scholars program, has won a Princeton in Asia fellowship that will allow him to spend at least a year working at a bilingual newspaper in the country of Myanmar.

Vogt, of Nashville will leave in August to work at the Myanmar Times, a weekly newspaper that is transitioning to a daily. He’ll be living in Yangon, the city formerly known as Rangoon.

The Princeton in Asia program, an independent, not-for-profit organization affiliated with Princeton University, was founded in 1898 and strives to promote goodwill, understanding, and the exchange of ideas between East and West through immersive work experiences. The program sponsors more than 150 fellowships and internships in twenty countries.

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Humanities Center Announces Fellowship Winners


From left to right: Stephen Collins-Elliot, Mary Dzon, Kristina Gehrman, Anne-Hèlène Miller, Tore Olsson, and Jay Rubenstein.

The UT Humanities Center has announced its class of fellows for the 2015–16 academic year. The faculty and graduate student fellowship recipients will be afforded a full year in the Humanities Center to pursue their respective research projects.

“The humanities are crucial to our development as thoughtful citizens capable of thinking critically in an ever increasingly complex world,” said Thomas Heffernan, director of the Humanities Center. “Our knowledge of our historical traditions is an indispensable guide to an enlightened future.”
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UT Professor Receives Prestigious Award for Ocean Science Work

Karen LloydKaren Lloyd’s work with subsea floor mud and frozen Siberian soil has earned her an extraordinarily competitive award.

The assistant professor of microbiology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been selected as a 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Ocean Sciences. The announcement was made today in a full-page advertisement in The New York Times and on

The awards involve nominations for the very best early-career scientists from the United States and Canada. Lloyd is one of eight to receive the recognition in ocean sciences. Thirty-nine past Sloan fellows have won Nobel Prizes later in their careers.
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