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Recognitions, September 30

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  • The Smart Communities Initiative was honored by the Southeast Tennessee Development District, a past and continuing partner, with their Flame Award, an overall agency award recognizing the SCI program and the university for commitment to engage the community, solve real-world problems, and “ignite the imagination of future leaders”.

  • Jacob LaRiviere, a Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy Fellow and adjunct professor at UT, and senior researcher at Microsoft, has released a policy brief on reducing carbon emissions through the use of a better accounting method that quantifies the impacts of renewable energy produced in different locations on the power grid.
  • Shannen Dee Williams, assistant professor of history and a  Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City for this academic year, recently published an essay in History News Network examining Georgetown University’s connection to black nuns and its role in advancing racial justice in the Catholic Church.
  • Rebecca Koszalinski, an assistant professor of nursing, has developed an app called “Speak for Myself”, which allows intubated and voiceless patients to communicate pain, fear, anxiety, loneliness, and toileting requests to their doctors and nurses through an iPad or Android tablet.
  • Catherine Dozier, a graduate student in UT’s College of Architecture and Design, took an eight-week journey to three continents and fifteen cities this summer  to study the importance of cultural identity and analyze the ways in which it affects the design of public architecture thanks to the Aydelott Travel Award.
  • Dr. David Jenkins, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, has received a new R15 award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, “Catalytic C2+N1 Aziridination from Organic and Carbamate Azides.”