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Recognitions, June 9

A Supreme Court opinion has cited the work of UT Professor Judy Cornett in Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part in BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell.

Maxine Davis, assistant vice chancellor for student life, will retire on June 30 after 35 years of service to the university. Ashley Blamey, currently serving as director of the Center for Health Education and Wellness, will assume the role of assistant vice chancellor for student life on July 1.

Thomas Zacharia, who built Oak Ridge National Laboratory into a global supercomputing power, has been selected as the laboratory’s next director by UT-Battelle, the partnership that operates ORNL for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Haslam College of Business has named Chad Autry the first FedEx Corporation Endowed Professor. Autry believes the endowment will assist in the department’s goal to become the top-ranked supply chain program in the country. U.S. News & World Report and Gartner currently rank the undergraduate supply chain management program at Haslam third in the country.

UT recently received national recognition for its Master of Fine Arts program in theatre, with The Hollywood Reporter ranking the program 20th among the 25 best drama schools for an acting degree.“We are proud to be ranked among the best master’s degree in theatre programs in the country,” said Jed Diamond, associate professor of acting.

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