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Recognitions, December 6

Two Students in Newest Class of Schwarzman Scholars

Two UT students have been named to the latest class of Schwarzman Scholars, a highly competitive program that offers selected students the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in China.

Colleen Ryan, who graduated in May 2017, and senior Lucille Greer are the second and third UT students selected for the program, which launched in 2015. Last year, Miranda Gottlieb, a May 2016 graduate, was UT’s first Schwarzman Scholar.

Inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, the Schwarzman Scholars program is a one-year master’s degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The newly announced class of scholars will begin their studies in China in August 2018. Scholars are chosen because of their exemplary leadership qualities and their potential to bridge and understand cultural and political differences. They will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China.

Healthcare Innovation EasyWhip Wins Fall 2017 Vol Court Pitch Competition

A time-saving surgical tool created by UT graduate student Lia Winter took home the top prize at this semester’s Vol Court Pitch Competition. Winter pitched the device, EasyWhip, to beat a record 23 competitors.

Vol Court is hosted twice a year by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in UT’s Haslam College of Business.

EasyWhip is designed to help improve the speed and consistency of certain orthopedic procedures.

“An individual orthopedic surgery can cost more than $50,000,” said Winter. “Costs associated with orthopedic procedures can be reduced by decreasing the time that each surgery takes or by reducing the surgery revision rate.”

Winter, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is both an MBA candidate in the Haslam College of Business and a master’s degree candidate in the UT Institute for Biomedical Engineering. She won $1,500 along with a sponsored prize package, which included free office space in the UT Research Foundation Business Incubator, consulting services courtesy of PYA, legal advice from Morehous Legal Group, and design services from Innovative Design Inc.

Three Professors Selected to Participate in Diplomacy Lab Program

Three UT professors have been accepted to the US Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab for spring 2018—Stuart Brotman, Devendra Dilip Potnis, and Sam Swan.

UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has been a partner in the Diplomacy Lab since fall 2015. Students and faculty have the opportunity to contribute directly to the policy-making process by engaging with the State Department through videos and teleconferences.

The project allows students to establish partnerships with policy makers, explore real-world challenges, and present their research to State Department officials.

National, International Media Share Anderson Study on Climate Change, Destruction of Archaeological Sites

Thanks to climate change, a predicted rise in the sea level along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the southeastern United States over the next century or two is currently modeled at a seemingly modest one to two meters. This change in the coastline, however, threatens more than 13,000 known archaeological sites, standing historic and prehistoric structures, and other cultural properties, according to a new study led by David Anderson, UT anthropology professor.

Science Mag Quotes Jones About Gold’s Cosmic Origins

Last month, astronomers wowed the world when they announced that they had seen two neutron stars merge, apparently creating heavy elements such as gold and platinum and spewing them into space. Nuclear physicists at Michigan State University are building an atom smasher, the $730 million Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, that could decipher exactly how those elements were forged in the inferno.

Kate Jones, an experimental nuclear physicist at UT, said to Science Magazine about the work: “The moment they could, they ran with this project, it’s very impressive when you look down in the basement and see all the kit they’ve got.”

Read more here.

Facilities Services Building Earns Preservation Award

The UT Facilities Services Complex on Sutherland Avenue has received an East Tennessee Preservation Award.

The awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations, and projects contributing to the protection of East Tennessee’s heritage. Awards are presented by the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance.

UT’s Facilities Services Complex is an adaptive reuse of a 90,000-square-foot industrial facility that sits on a seven-acre parcel of land in Knoxville’s Marble City neighborhood.

“Adapting a century-old building with deep historic ties to our university to serve a cutting-edge future was perfect for our team,” said Dave Irvin, associate vice chancellor of facilities services. “Like our new home, we also have a deep history of service to our university, and this facility allows us to embrace new cutting-edge support of UT’s mission.”

The project also has garnered awards from American School and University magazine and from the East Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

UT’s Global Supply Chain Institute Honors Daniel Myers

At its 2017 fall forum, the Global Supply Chain Institute (GSCI) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, recognized Daniel Myers, executive vice president of integrated supply chain at Mondelēz International, for his outstanding contributions to supply chain management and the Haslam College of Business with a Distinguished Service Award.

“Daniel epitomizes how supply chain executives can be true enterprise leaders, not just focused on optimizing efficiency and lowering costs,” said Ted Stank, the Bruce Chair of Excellence in Business. “He pushes his teams to reimagine what their best can be, and he has done the same for the Haslam College of Business.”

Myers was a driving force in establishing the Global Supply Chain Institute’s advisory board, a group of 40 supply chain executives that meet twice a year to confer with Haslam’s supply chain faculty on current industry trends, research and curricular initiatives. Myers has sponsored upwards of 20 students in Haslam’s Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain (EMBA-GSC).

“It is not an over statement to say that the EMBA-GSC might not exist without Daniel’s support,” Stank said. “He believes in developing talent and in the way our programs give students first-hand exposure to global supply chain networks.”