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Recognitions, December 9

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  • Four construction projects at UT have been honored by American School and University magazine’s November issue as examples of the best in design among colleges and universities:
    • UT’s Engineering Quad and Estabrook Road/Second Creek Restoration project was given an Outstanding Landscape Architecture Design award.
    • The ongoing Strong Hall Science Laboratory Facility and Stokely Family Residence Hall projects received Outstanding Works in Progress awards.
    • The John D. Tickle Engineering Building received an Outstanding Post-Secondary Project Design award for projecting “a welcoming image and unique departmental identity”.

  • Poets&Quants released rankings that placed the Haslam College of Business undergraduate program 13th in the nation among public universities. The program ranked 32nd among all institutions and 10th in quality of educational experience.
  • Chisa Huffman, a first generation student from Texas, spoke as commencement speaker at UT’s graduate hooding ceremony this week. She completed UT’s RN to BSN program and received her Master of Science in nursing with a nursing administration concentration and a minor in nursing education this week. She will begin UT’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program in the fall and hopes to earn her doctorate in May 2019.
  • Michelle Brown, associate professor in the Department of Sociology, has been named the 2016 Critical Criminologist of the Year by the American Society of Criminology. The award honors distinguished scholarship, teaching, and service in the field.
  • Students in Melanie Faizer’s course on entrepreneurial journalism created the Report Responsibly campaign for a n international competition, Challenging Extremism, co-sponsored by the US Department of State and Facebook. Their campaign provides a website containing media guidelines for reporting on acts of extremism and a call to action for aspiring journalists. The class has received $2,000 from the challenge to produce the campaign which is designed to have the potential for measurable local and national impact. The top six teams nationally will be awarded monetary prizes and will present their campaigns in Washington, DC, in February. Winners will be announced December 16.
  •  Eleven architecture students in a class taught by Tricia Stuth, associate professor of architecture in the College of Architecture and Design, have worked this fall on four projects to assist Lenoir City with its downtown revitalization efforts. The students are senior level and have worked collaboratively with faculty and students from a variety of disciplines as a part of this year’s Smart Communities Initiative.
  • Yingie Hu, assistant professor of geography, was interviewed by Reuters regarding an algorithm he has created with collaborators to improve the online mapping of disaster areas. The Reuters story was also featured by Voice of America. Read the story online.