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Faculty and Student Recognitions

Recognitions, April 20

The second half of April additional honors and funding awards for UT faculty and students: Microbiology Professor Elected 2022 AAM Fellow; Environmental Sociology Major Named Truman Scholar; UT Gardens Program Administrator Receives National Horticultural Therapy Award; School of Architecture Names New Director; Associate Professor in the School of Interior Architecture Receives Award for Public Interiority Research; Engineering Student Wins First Place at TLSAMP.

Buchan Elected Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology

UT's Alison BuchanAlison Buchan, Carolyn W. Fite Professor and associate head of microbiology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was recently elected as a 2022 Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology. This is an honor that recognizes service, leadership, and creative achievement in the field of  microbiology. The fellow selection process is based on several factors, such as scientific and innovative achievements. This year, only 65 professors from across the world received the honor.

Rachel Stewart Named Truman Scholar

UT student Rachel StewartRachel Stewart, an environmental sociology major from McMinnville, Tennessee, is a recipient of the 2022 Harry S. Truman Scholarship, the most prestigious award given to undergraduates in the United States who are pursuing a career in public service leadership. Stewart is the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s first Truman Scholar since 1997.

UT Gardens Program Administrator Receives National Horticultural Therapy Award

Derrick Stowell, UT GardensDerrick Stowell, administrator for the University of Tennessee Gardens’ Education and Horticultural Therapy Program, is the recipient of the 2022 American Horticultural Society’s Horticultural Therapy Award. Horticultural therapy is a therapeutic tool that has long been used for physical rehabilitation, vocational training and improvement of cognitive abilities. Since Stowell created the UT Garden’s Horticultural Therapy Program in 2012, he has worked with more than 7,000 individuals of different needs, backgrounds and ages.

School of Architecture Names Lostritto as Director

Carl Lostritto, UT College of Architecture and DesignThe College of Architecture and Design is pleased to announce the appointment of Carl Lostritto as director of the School of Architecture. Lostritto will assume the position on July 1, 2022. Currently, Lostritto is an associate professor at the Rhode Island School of Design. Additionally, he has served as RISD’s graduate program director since 2017. Prior to joining RISD in 2012, Lostritto taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston Architectural College, Catholic University of America and University of Maryland.

Teston Receives Award for Public Interiority Research

Liz Teston, UT College of Architecture and DesignLiz Teston, associate professor in the School of Interior Architecture, received the Arnold W. Bunner Grant from AIA New York | Center for Architecture. The award supports an investigation that will “effectively contribute to the knowledge, teaching, or practice of the art and science of architecture,” according to the AIA website. The $10,000 grant will be used to conduct further investigative research on Teston’s project entitled, “Public Interiority,” which aims to rethink the threshold of interiority and make a case for interior-feeling places in the urban outdoors.


Napper Nabs First Place at TLSAMP for Concrete Research

UT Engineering student Caleb NapperCaleb Napper, a junior in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, recently won first place in the undergraduate research poster competition within the engineering category at the 19th Annual Virtual TLSAMP (Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) Research Conference for his poster, “Analysis of Alternate Binder Properties in Optimized Concrete.” Napper’s research focuses on reducing carbon dioxide emissions from concrete, without sacrificing strength.