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Recognitions, April 3

Graphic Design Students Design for Big Ears Festival

Seniors in the Graphic Design program partnered with AC Entertainment to design posters for Big Ears Festival 2019, and one student’s design was printed as a limited-edition poster sold only at the festival.

Led by Professor Emeritus Deb Shmerler, Graphic Design students have designed posters for the festival since 2015. In 2017, alumna Anna Woodard (BFA, ’12), Christina Persico and her Partnerships team at AC Entertainment learned of the students’ project and worked to find a way to commemorate their stellar designs.

In preparation for the 2019 festival, which was held March 21-24, Woodard and others from AC Entertainment reviewed the students’ designs and chose senior Alexa Pavon’s poster to be printed as a limited-edition poster. Copies of her poster were sold during the festival to attendees from around the world. In addition, all of the students’ posters were displayed in The Standard, one the main venues for the festival.

NIMBioS Awards $50,000 to Graduate Students

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) is pleased to announce the 20 graduate students who will each receive a $2500 award to supplement their funding for research and education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The NIMBioS Graduate Award program was announced in March 2019, and students submitted their applications through a competitive process. The recipients come from 10 departments across campus.

The awards support research and education in areas that align with the efforts of NIMBioS at the interface of the quantitative and life sciences as well as areas connected with the four NIMBioS-affiliated programs, which include the National Institute for STEM Evaluation and Research, the Center for the Dynamics of Social Complexity, the Spatial Analysis Lab, and the Mathematical Modeling Consulting Center. The awards also support research and education that fosters new collaborations beyond the quantitative and life sciences. Full details on the awards program.

Penny White Receives SEC Faculty Achievement Award

A College of Law professor and former judge has been recognized for her work with a 2019 SEC Faculty Achievement Award, the SEC announced today.

Penny White, the Elvin E. Overton Distinguished Professor of Law, serves as director of the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution in UT’s College of Law. She teaches evidence, trial practice, pretrial litigation, and negotiation, and assists with the law school’s various clinical and externship programs. She lectures around the country on these topics as well as capital punishment jurisprudence and ethics and professionalism issues.

“It’s an honor for UT to have one of the SEC’s top professors among our faculty,” said Provost David Manderscheid. “Professor White’s national reputation and extraordinary scholarship play a significant role not only in educating the next generati