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Hodge Awarded $1.4M NSF Grant to Further STEM Education

An associate professor of math education has been awarded a $1.4 million National Science Foundation grant to recruit and prepare secondary science and mathematics teachers.

Lynn Hodge, associate professor of math education in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education (TPTE), has been awarded a grant through the NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. The scholarship program was created to encourage STEM majors and professionals to become K-12 teachers in their given field.

The project, VolsTeach for Appalachia (VTA), is a collaboration with Pellissippi State Community College (PSCC) and school districts in the Appalachian region of Tennessee. By engaging students in the Tennessee Promise program, which provides two years of free community college to the state’s students, the project will enable transfer students in STEM majors to graduate from UT with a minor in education and teaching certification within four years. Hodge and her team plan to recruit and prepare community college students to teach math or science in Anderson County, Campbell County, Claiborne Count, Lenoir City, and Sevier County school systems.

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Recognitions, May 17

Sarah Hillyer, director of the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society, speaks to Senator Bob Corker at the ceremony for the Walter Roberts Endowment at George Washington University.

CSPS Director Honored by Senator Bob Corker in Washington DC

Sarah Hillyer, director of the UT Center for Sport, Peace, and Society, last week participated in a ceremony at George Washington University celebrating Tennessee Senator Bob Corker’s contributions to the field of public diplomacy.

Corker received the Walter Roberts Endowment from George Washington University’s Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication for his outstanding diplomatic work as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Corker and Hillyer spoke alongside Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce about the importance of American diplomacy in the world.

Financial Times Ranks Haslam Third Among Publics for Custom Executive Education

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business is the third most highly-ranked public business school in the country for custom executive education, according to the Financial Times.

The college has risen two spots since last year, and also has grown in stature among national and international schools overall. Haslam gained three spots in the Financial Times custom executive education list to become the No. 10 most highly-ranked business school nationwide, as well as eight spots to become the No. 28 college worldwide.

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Fu Earns Environmental Education Recognition

Joshua S. Fu, the John D. Tickle Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

UT’s Joshua Fu has been chosen as the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Lyman A. Ripperton Environmental Educator Award for his education efforts related to controlling air pollution.

Fu is a leading environmental researcher whose study of carbon released by burning oil flares helped NASA solve a riddle about black carbon in the Arctic. Additionally, his modeling of black carbon has helped the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the Arctic Council speed up research on ground-level pollution.

The Arctic Council’s Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme also recently invited Fu to take part in a study on short-lived climate pollutants.

“Earning recognition from within your research focus is always a special feeling,” said Fu, the John D. Tickle Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “It’s validation of your work, your methods, and of the students that have come through your classes and research projects.”

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Parker Named Interim Dean of Tickle College of Engineering

Lynne E. Parker has been named interim dean of the Tickle College of Engineering.

Parker, the associate dean for faculty affairs and engagement for the college, takes the role effective Monday, May 7, as former dean Wayne T. Davis has been selected to lead the UT Knoxville campus as interim chancellor.

“It’s an honor for me to lead the college during this time of transition,” said Parker, a professor in the Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. “I look forward to working with TCE colleagues to maintain the momentum of the college until Dean Davis’s successor arrives.”

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Recognitions, May 2

UT Fulbright Recipient’s Original Work to Be Featured at Recital

When Brendan McConville, an associate professor of music at UT, went to Italy on a Fulbright in 2016, he spent six months soaking up and recording the sounds of the country. During the program, he also translated those sounds into several original compositions based on the poetry of Gabriele D’Annunzio, the prized poet of the province of Abruzzo. Those works will be featured in a faculty concert recital to be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 27, at the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center on the UT campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Behn Honored with Faculty Merit Award by Federation of Schools of Accountancy

Bruce Behn, associate dean for graduate and executive education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business, has been awarded the FSA/Joseph A. Silvoso Faculty Merit Award (FSA) by the Federation of Schools of Accountancy. The annual award, created in 1983, honors the outstanding contribution by a faculty member in a post-baccalaureate professional program of an FSA member school. “Bruce’s tireless commitment to higher education in the field of accounting, the discipline’s professional associations and our institution is self-evident,” said Stephen L. Mangum, dean and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair at Haslam. “He has lead our Graduate and Executive Education division to numerous successes both in terms of nationwide and industry recognition. As a faculty member, his devotion to his students is unwavering. I’d like to congratulate Bruce on this award, of which he is highly deserving.”

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