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Recognitions, April 18

Economist to Help Lead National Think Tank

Andrew Muhammad, professor and Blasingame Chair of Excellence at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, has been invited to serve on the board of directors for the Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, also known as C-FARE. The council provides information and expertise to decision makers in Washington and functions as a catalyst for incorporating economic principles into the analysis of agricultural and resource decisions.
C-FARE matches expertise to public needs, serving as a conduit between academic research, extension and national policy makers. Muhammad’s considerable experience includes leadership positions at USDA’s Economic Research Service, where he developed an extensive network of trade policy experts and forged solid working relationships with decision makers in the public and private sectors. His research on global food demand has been widely cited and used in economic and global models used by USDA (the baseline GTAP model) and by the International Food Policy Research Institute (the IMPACT model).
Muhammad’s current research focuses on agricultural trade and trade policy, effects of trade on developing countries, and global food demand.

Nine Students Feted as UT’s Torchbearers at Annual Honors Banquet

Nine seniors have been recognized for their academic achievement, leadership, and outstanding service with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s highest student honor—the Torchbearer award.

Each student learned of their selection through a surprise visit or call from Chancellor Beverly Davenport in recent weeks. The event is the university’s largest recognition event of the year.

Fulbright Awarded for Graduate Research in Colombia

Tamra Gilbertson spent several years abroad as the co-director of Carbon Trade Watch, an environmental justice activist and research nonprofit organization, before deciding to return to the university in pursuit of her PhD. 

“Living and working abroad changed my life through a wide range of experiences and events, but I felt like something was missing,” Gilbertson says. “I eventually came to the conclusion that I needed to study in a more institutional environment, but one that was committed to social and environmental justice.”

The Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, had exactly what Gilbertson wanted. Three years ago, she enrolled in the doctoral program. Next year, she will travel to Colombia on a Fulbright Fellowship to work on her dissertation. 

Gilbertson will investigate coal mining in Colombia to address the complex sociopolitical landscape of how large-scale resource extraction exemplifies socioeconomic and environmental conflicts at various scales.

UTHC Students Awarded Scholarships, Fellowships

Julia Goncalves (BA German, Russian’20) and Iker Sedeño (MA Hispanic Studies ’19) has been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship to study Russian and Korean, respectively. The Critical Language Scholarship program is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Julia will be studying in Vladimir, Russia from May 31 to August 3, 2018. Sedeño will be studying at Pusan National University in Busan, South Korea from June 10 to August 9; he will live with local roommates in the university dorm.

Graduate student, Tylor Cunningham, has been awarded the 2018-2019 Shipley-Swann Graduate Fellowship. This award recognizes the most promising graduate and professional students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Catherine Greer (PhD Candidate German Studies, Editor-in-Chief Vernacular) has been awarded the prestigious Posen Society Fellowship in Jewish Studies. As a Posen Fellow, Catherine will receive $40,000 over two years to further her scholarship. She has also been awarded a fellowship to the UT Humanities Center, which will enable her to focus full-time on her dissertation.

 

UT’s Master of Science in Business Analytics Wins National Award

INFORMS, the leading international association for operations research and analytics professionals, has awarded the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business its 2018 UPS George D. Smith Prize for an innovative curriculum, taught in the context of a true business environment, that prepares students to become effective practitioners.

Featuring the first analytics master’s program launched within a business school, Haslam employs an award-winning faculty who impart their extensive real-world analytics experience on their students. The program’s core curriculum combines cutting-edge analytics with the fundamentals of business strategy, as well as the necessary soft skills that will help students navigate a business environment. An annual two-day Business Analytics Forum connects more than 200 industry practitioners and students to share best practices, expand industry knowledge and enable students to learn about current issues from industry partners.