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Recognitions, April 17

Jack Dongarra

Dongarra Named a Foreign Fellow of the Royal Society

UT Distinguished Professor Jack Dongarra has been named a Foreign Fellow of the Royal Society, joining previously inducted icons of science such as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking.

“This honor is both humbling because of others who have been so recognized and gratifying for the acknowledgement of the research and work I have done,” Dongarra said. “I’m deeply grateful for this recognition.”

Dongarra is perhaps best known for his work helping to compile the annual list of the world’s fastest, most powerful supercomputers.

That list, the TOP500, has been used as the global standard for more than 25 years, helping spread knowledge of Dongarra and his work along with it.

Lidwin to Explore Architecture Around the World this Summer

Mike Lidwin, a 4th-year Architecture student, received the 2019 Aydelott Travel Award for his proposal titled, “Breaks in the Border.”

The Aydelott Travel Award, which started in 2016, provides funding for students to study four historically significant architectural structures from around the world. Alfred Lewis Aydelott, FAIA, and his wife Hope Galloway Aydelott established the award to allow architecture students the opportunity to study structures first-hand and to develop analytical skills.

Lidwin plans to use his $20,000 award to visit the South Gate to Akbar’s Tomb in Agra, India; Yokohama Terminal in Yokohama, Japan; Valletta City Gate in Valletta, Malta; and Arnhem Central Station in Arnhem, Netherlands.


Bill Bass

Strong Hall Atrium Named After Body Farm Founder Bill Bass

Bill Bass, founder of the Forensic Anthropology Center and the outdoor Anthropological Research Facility known as the Body Farm, received a new recognition on Thursday: the Strong Hall atrium will now bear his name.

“After having spent over 40 years working in the offices of South Stadium Hall, having this space named after me, in this beautiful brand-new building is such a special thing,” said Bass.


Vet Med’s Caroline Billings Earns Top Place in 3MT Competition

Caroline Billings, a DVM-PhD candidate in the College of Veterinary Medicine took first place in the third annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition held Wednesday as a part of UT’s Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week.

The competition challenges master’s and doctoral students to communicate their unique thesis or dissertation to an audience unfamiliar with the subject. Competitors have three minutes to explain their research using only one slide or photo.

Over the course of a few months, the field was narrowed to 12 finalists who presented on Wednesday. The judges selected the first, second, and third place winners.



Grojean To Lead Haslam’s Executive MBA–Strategic Leadership at UT

Michael Grojean has joined the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business as director of the Executive MBA–Strategic Leadership. He comes to the college from a private consultancy he formed after his tenure as professor of management and executive director of executive education at Rice University in Houston. Prior to joining Rice, Grojean was a faculty member at Aston Business School in the United Kingdom, where he served as head of executive education and associate dean for corporate activities and partnerships.

“Having been involved in both the practice and study of leadership for the better part of 40 years, I have a firm belief in the dual nature of leadership development and education,” Grojean says. “Our approach must not only be based in the scientific rigor of understanding leadership, but also with the practical relevance of leadership in action.”