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Recognitions, May 26

The Occupational Therapy Department at UTHSC will award a posthumous degree to Rachel Kay Stevens, who died in 2015. In life, Rachel wanted to help children as an occupational therapist. After her death, her teachers and classmates are ensuring her wish is fulfilled with the establishment of the Rachel Kay Stevens Therapy Center. The awarding of a posthumous degree is a rare occurrence.

Three students have been awarded scholarships to travel abroad to study critical languages that are imperative to the United States’ future security and stability. Katie Plank, a May graduate in ecology and evolutionary biology, will be studying Chinese in Dalian, China. John “Harrison” Akins, a PhD student in the Department of Political Science focusing on international relations, comparative politics, and public policy, will be studying Urdu in Lucknow, India. Jonathan Hubbard-Shaw, a senior in linguistics, will be studying Indonesian in Malang, Indonesia.

Russell Crook, professor of management at the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business, has been named to the First Tennessee Foundation Professorship. The First Tennessee Foundation Professorship retains talent through external recognition of professors’ achievements and funding of their research priorities.

Isabella Davis, a third-year Interior Design student, was recently named a winner of the first-annual Little Portfolio Challenge, which recognizes gifted design students across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. One of just three winners, Davis receives a $1,000 scholarship and an opportunity to intern with the sponsoring firm this summer in Washington, D.C.

Neil Philip Cohen, former professor in the College of Law, died after a brief illness on May 8 in San Rafael, California. He was 72. Read more about Cohen, who began teaching law at UT in 1972.