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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

Amos to Appear in Documentary on Painkiller Abuse in College Athletes

Marcus Amos, Sport ManagementFor years, Marcus Amos, a second year doctoral student in sport management, has worked to raise awareness about the prolific use of pain medication among college athletes.

He started out speaking to groups at LSU, but the subject was more taboo than steroids. Athletes didn’t want to open up about it. Amos kept on talking. Continue reading

Sepaniak’s Research Highlighted by NSF

Professor Michael Sepaniak‘s (Department of Chemistry) research entitled “Pillar arrays assist with lab-on-a-chip chemistry” has been published as one of NSF highlights on NSF’s SEE Innovation website. Highlights describe outcomes of NSF-funded research. They are archival in nature and cover research results and impacts of both expired and active grants.

Click here for the highlight on research.gov.

Four Professors Named Fulbright Scholars

Four UT professors are spanning the globe as Fulbright Scholars this year.

The Fulbright Program is a prestigious international exchange initiative that awards about 1,100 grants to American scholars each year. Funded by the US government, Fulbright Scholars are chosen based on their leadership and academic merits and their abilities to teach, conduct research, and contribute to solutions for shared international concerns.

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National Science Foundation Funds UT’s Big Idea in Small Engineering

An idea for a new way to test some of the smallest pieces of our planet has earned a large award—more than $2.2 million to be exact—from the National Science Foundation for a pair of University of Tennessee, Knoxville, engineering professors.

George Pharr and Erik Herbert, both of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, helped come up with the concept for the “Development of and Broad-Based Materials Research with the Next Generation Nanomechanical Testing Laboratory” along with Warren Oliver of Nanomechanics Inc.

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Sociology Professor Receives Fulbright to Teach, Conduct Research in Botswana

Asafa Jalata

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?  

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