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Recognitions, April 4

Gross Receives 2018 SEC Faculty Achievement Award

A UT faculty member who uses computational and mathematical tools to address environmental problems has received a top award from the Southeastern Conference.

Louis Gross was honored with the 2018 SEC Faculty Achievement Award, the SEC announced today. He is an Alvin and Sally Beaman Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics. He also is director of the UT Institute for Environmental Modeling and of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), based at UT.

The award recognizes professors from the 14 SEC schools who have outstanding records in teaching and scholarship. Honorees from each university receive a $5,000 honorarium and become their university’s nominee for SEC Professor of the Year, to be awarded this spring. The Professor of the Year recipient will receive an additional $15,000 honorarium and be recognized at an SEC awards dinner in Destin, Florida.

McClung Museum Wins Award from Museum Association

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture received a Tennessee Association of Museums (TAM) Award of Excellence for the museum’s special exhibition Fish Forks and Fine Furnishings: Consumer Culture in the Gilded Age, which ran from May 26 to August 27, 2017.

The exhibition examined how Gilded Age (1870–1900) consumer goods––from fish forks to fashionable dress, furniture, and china––were visible and powerful symbols of wealth, power, and social class. It was curated by the museum’s Assistant Director and Curator Catherine Shteynberg and featured more than 100 objects from the museum’s permanent collections as well as items from other museums and private lenders. Fish Forks and Fine Furnishings is one of the museum’s most visited special exhibits in recent history; it incorporated a variety of public programming, including lectures, free family fun days and stroller tours, summer camps, and a cocktail party fundraiser.

Graduate Student Receives Prestigious Fellowship

Yale Ciencia Academy for Career Development and the National GEM Consortium named Jose Liquet y Gonzalez, a second-year graduate student in the Department of Microbiology, a fellow in their Class of 2018.

The 2018 class of the Yale Ciencia Academy (YCA) is composed of 40 students from 31 institutions nationwide; the University of Tennessee is represented through the participation of Liquet y Gonzalez. YCA for Career Development provides graduate students with opportunities for mentoring, networking, and skills development, and for making contributions to their communities through science outreach. The program is led by the nonprofit organization Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR) in collaboration with Yale University.

“The Yale Ciencia Academy complements traditional graduate training with access to a diverse network of peers, role models and advisors,” says Giovanna Guerrero-Medina, principal investigator and director of the YCA. “The goal is to help students gain clarity in their academic and professional goals and become the scientists they want to be. We are excited about the talent and promise among this new class of YCA fellows.”

Mark Smith Retiring after 30 Years; April Case Named Interim EHS Director

Mark Smith, the director of Environmental Health and Safety, will retire from UT on April 6 after 30 years of service to the university. Smith first began working in EHS in 1981 as a safety engineer. In 2007 he was promoted to director.

April Case, a team leader in EHS, has been named the interim director. A national search for the permanent director will begin soon.

Allard Named Third CCI Board of Visitors Professor

Suzie Allard, associate dean for research in the College of Communication and Information, has been selected as the third recipient of the CCI Board of Visitors Professorship.

Allard also serves the college as a professor in the School of Information Sciences and director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies.

“I am delighted that my work as a researcher, scholar, and teacher has been recognized with this wonderful honor, and I thank the Board of Visitors, whose generosity established the professorship. This award provides me with opportunities to serve CCI, UT, and the discipline through new venues,” Allard said.

For more honors and awards received by faculty, staff and students in recent months, click here.