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Recognitions, April 7

Shannon Spencer from the Office of Sponsored Programs was awarded the 2017 National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) Travel Award. The Southeast Region of NCURA issues an annual $1,000 Travel Award to support a member to attend the region’s annual conference. These awards are issued through a competitive application process and awardees are selected based on service and contribution to the organization and professional development/institutional financial need. This is the first travel award the university has received from NCURA.

Two UT projects were selected for the US Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab for the fall 2017 semester. Stuart Brotman, Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and the Beaman Professor of Communication and Information in the College of Communication and Information, will lead an interdisciplinary team of graduate students in exploring the role of social media in US foreign policy objectives in a project titled “The Changing Art of Diplomacy: Social Media as a U.S. Foreign Policy Tool.” Bruce Tonn, Baker Center Fellow and professor of political science in the College of Arts and Sciences, will direct a team of graduate students from the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education on a project titled “How Expensive is Cheap Energy?”

Henri Grissino-Mayer, professor in the Department of Geography and an expert in using tree rings to reconstruct past climates, has been named a James R. Cox Professor. The three-year award provides him with a stipend of $25,500 to support his research.

Jeffrey Pappas, director of the School of Music, has been elected treasurer of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) executive committee. He will serve a three-year term in the position. Pappas has served as NASM’s Region 8 chair for the past two years.

A documentary detailing the UT Chamber Singers’ 2015 England Cathedral Residency will air on East Tennessee PBS at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 9. See a promo on YouTube.