The middle of August brings exciting honors and funding awards for UT staff and students: UT Names new Interim Senior Vice President/Senior Vice Chancellor of UTIA; Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs Elected to NCURA Executive Committee; Plant Sciences Professor Honored by TAPA; Herbert College of Agriculture Students Recognized in Engineering Competition; Engineering Students Earn ASEE Best Paper Award; Dairy Science Students Win Recognition at ADSA® Annual Meeting
University of Tennessee Names Linda C. Martin Interim Senior Vice President/Senior Vice Chancellor of the UT Institute of Agriculture
University of Tennessee System President Randy Boyd and University of Tennessee, Knoxville Chancellor Donde Plowman announced today that Linda C. Martin will serve as interim senior vice president and senior vice chancellor for the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, beginning Sept. 1. Martin currently serves as the vice president for academic affairs and student success for the UT System. She has tenure in the Herbert College of Agriculture’s Department of Animal Science.
Hollie Schreiber, director of the Office of Sponsored Programs for the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, has been elected to the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) Board of Directors. In 2022, UT will be the only university with two current NCURA board members when Schreiber joins existing board member David Smelser, director in the Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development’s Division of Research Administration, who was elected in 2020.
The Tennessee Agricultural Production Association (TAPA) has named Neil Rhodes, a professor with the University of Tennessee Department of Plant Sciences, as an honorary member. The recognition came during the group’s annual meeting in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in July. TAPA’s purpose is to inform producers, academic professionals, industry and government regulators about best agricultural production practices. Rhodes is a long-time member and finds the title a special distinction as he retires from the UT Institute of Agriculture.
Five Herbert College of Agriculture students in the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science place in a virtual engineering competition hosted by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). One team, advised by associate professor John Buchanan, placed first with a project titled “Gradual Rotary Adjustment for Sloped Surfaces.” Another team, advised by assistant professors JiaJia Chan and Hao Gan, placed third with a project titled “Solid-State Microwave Control and Data Collection System.”
Four Engineering Vols recently won Best Paper for the Student Division at the American Society for Engineering Education Conference for their paper “Minimizing Communication Challenges Faced by Virtual Teams.” Team members were:
- Nathaniel Blalock, senior in CBE
- Alexis Walsh, recent ISE graduate
- Daniel Mountain, master’s student in CBE
- Sarah Norris, junior in aerospace engineering.
Their study was motivated by their experiences during the spring 2020 semester with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dairy science students from the University of Tennessee Department of Animal Science recently garnered several awards during the virtual 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA®) in July. The meeting attracted nearly 90 students and their advisors along with more than 1,200 professionals and guests from the U.S., Mexico, Canada and beyond.