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Recognitions, January 6

Please send faculty, staff, and student recognitions to Erin Chapin (erin.chapin@utk.edu).

  • Dayakar Penumadu, the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials (JIAM) Chair of Excellence in the Tickle College of Engineering, is in the process of patenting a new adhesive, referred to as a “smart joint” system consisting of distributed optical fiber sensors useful to designers and manufacturers in advanced materials. The UT Research Foundation and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering submitted the patent application on his behalf for Luna Innovations Incorporated O Di SI product (Optical Distributed Sensing).

  • College of Law graduate Kristen Jacobson was recognized by the Tennessee Bar Association as this year’s Law Student Volunteer of the Year, having logged over 900 hours of pro bono work while at UT Law.
  • Two UT Knoxville employees and one faculty member of the UT Graduate School of Medicine were named to the 10th “40 under 40” class of the Knoxville Business Journal:
    • Rich Brown, senior director of development in the Haslam College of Musiness
    • Marisa Moazen, director of undergraduate research
    • Wesley White, director of laparoscopic and robotic urologic surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and associate professor in the Graduate School of Medicine
  • Kari Alldredge, formerly associate provost for enrollment management, has been named vice provost for enrollment management.
  • Three members of the Tickle College of Engineering faculty received maturation funding for 2017 from the UT Research Foundation:
    • Daniel Costinett, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    • Baoshan Huang, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • The NIH increased its support for projects in the Department of Chemistry in 2016, including funding for the following:
    • Tessa Calhoun, Imaging Amphotericin B’s Mechanism of Action with Transient Absorption Microscopy
    • David Jenkins, Catalytic C2+N1 Aziridination from Organic and Carbamate Azides
    • Michael Best, Labeling of Lipid Products Using Synthetic Tagged Metabolite Probes to Analyze Lipid Biosynthesis and Trafficking
  • Joshua Emery, the Lawrence A. Taylor Associate Professor of Planetary Science, was interviewed by the Christian Science Monitor about frozen water on the dwarf planet Ceres.