The end of the year brings many reasons to celebrate: Researchers from SIS and CICS received $399K Sloan Grant; New dean of UT Extension appointed by UTIA; CEE professor named AAS Fellow; Retired UT Extension specialist honored by the Tennessee chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta; Nuclear engineering professor named ISEAM Fellow; TN Commissioner of Agriculture honored with 2020 Alumni Award by the Tennessee Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta; UT Extension specialist named Field to Market’s 2020 Trusted Adviser of the Year. Continue reading
SIS, CICS Team Awarded $399K Sloan Grant to Study Early Career Researchers
As COVID-19 continues to affect the way people live, work, and learn around the world, researchers are beginning to gather data on how the pandemic is affecting society, and one such research team is from the College of Communication and Information’s Center for Information and Communication Studies and the School of Information Sciences in collaboration with CIBER Research Ltd. in the United Kingdom. The study will delve into the lives of early career researchers around the world to better understand how the pandemic is affecting their work and role in the academic community. Read more at sis.utk.edu.
Recognitions, April 4
Gross Receives 2018 SEC Faculty Achievement Award
A UT faculty member who uses computational and mathematical tools to address environmental problems has received a top award from the Southeastern Conference.
Louis Gross was honored with the 2018 SEC Faculty Achievement Award, the SEC announced today. He is an Alvin and Sally Beaman Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics. He also is director of the UT Institute for Environmental Modeling and of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), based at UT.
The award recognizes professors from the 14 SEC schools who have outstanding records in teaching and scholarship. Honorees from each university receive a $5,000 honorarium and become their university’s nominee for SEC Professor of the Year, to be awarded this spring. The Professor of the Year recipient will receive an additional $15,000 honorarium and be recognized at an SEC awards dinner in Destin, Florida.
McClung Museum Wins Award from Museum Association
The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture received a Tennessee Association of Museums (TAM) Award of Excellence for the museum’s special exhibition Fish Forks and Fine Furnishings: Consumer Culture in the Gilded Age, which ran from May 26 to August 27, 2017.
The exhibition examined how Gilded Age (1870–1900) consumer goods––from fish forks to fashionable dress, furniture, and china––were visible and powerful symbols of wealth, power, and social class. It was curated by the museum’s Assistant Director and Curator Catherine Shteynberg and featured more than 100 objects from the museum’s permanent collections as well as items from other museums and private lenders. Fish Forks and Fine Furnishings is one of the museum’s most visited special exhibits in recent history; it incorporated a variety of public programming, including lectures, free family fun days and stroller tours, summer camps, and a cocktail party fundraiser.
Session on Mentorship Inspires Faculty and Graduate Students
The Office of Research and Engagement’s RCR Lunch and Learn series continued this week with two opportunities for graduate students, faculty, and staff on campus to attend a presentation led by Ernest Brothers, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and Suzie Allard, Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies, on the topic of Mentor and Trainee Responsibilities and IDP Best Practices. Though the session dealt in specifics of responsibilities and accountability for mentors and their protégés, it was also warm and inspiring discussion of the power of mentorship and the importance of quality participation in mentoring relationships to robust academic dialogue, research, and the pursuit of quality scholarly work.