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Recognitions, January 27

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

  • Joan Cronan, former women’s athletics director at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been named the first recipient of the newly established NCAA President’s Pat Summitt Award recognizing an individual in the Association’s membership for positively influencing college athletes and their experiences through the individual’s career long commitment to advocating for college sports.

  • Three UT nuclear engineering students have been selected for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Graduate Fellowship Program. The program provides full time funding for the students while they participate in NNSA offices around the country. The students are:
    • Chris Andrews
    • Dory Miller
    • Adam Stratz
  • Jennifer Akerman and Bob French, both professors in the College of Architecture and Design, earned a national design award (the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architectures’ Collaborative Practice Award) for their collaborative work with students and community members to develop the Beardsley Farm Education Center.
  • Jered Sprecher, School of Art professor in painting and drawing, will showcase his recent contemporary art exhibition, Outside In, at the Knoxville Museum of Art from January 27 through April 16.
  • Joshua Emery, the Lawrence A. Taylor Associate Professor of Planetary Science, is part of a NASA mission named Lucy, serving on the science team. Lucy, along with a project titled Psyche, could provide clues into a time ten million years after the birth of the sun.
  • Nature, the weekly journal of science, recently featured one of NASA’s current projects involving building a rover that it hopes will bring back signs of life from mars, Harry McSween, Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science, is part of the team working on the $2.4 billion project.
  • Derek Alderman, professor and head of the Department of Geography, was interviewed by and featured in Education Week, discussing the naming of schools after the Obamas.