The start of a new year brings additional recognition and awards for UT faculty, staff, and students: Music student named Marshall Scholar; Assistant Art Professor receives a Creative Capital Award; History professor honored with the James Henry Breasted Prize; Distinguished Professor of Anthropology receives the Patty Jo Watson Award; Nuclear engineering doctoral students recognized for outstanding scientific excellence; Four student researchers from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science received awards at SC20; Child and Family Studies doctoral candidate awarded the Wesley Burr Graduate Student Scholarship. Continue reading
Recognitions, August 19
The first day of classes for the fall semester brings; the 2020 Chancellor’s professors are announced; UTIA’s director of specialized giving is appointed to the NAADA Board of Directors;TCE associate professor wins Best Case Study award from ASCE; the Executive Director of the Tennessee Geographic Alliance receives the Outstanding Support for Geography Education Award from NCGE; UTIA announces the new head of the Department of Food Science; and an assistant professor in the Department of Geography receives the Higher Education Distinguished Teaching Award from NCGE. Continue reading
Graduate Student Spotlight: Christian Allen
If one ceramic artifact can reveal the history of Tennessee’s earliest inhabitants, what can thousands of them tell us about the region’s history? By identifying the source of the clay, the form of a pot, and its exterior decorations, researchers can determine who created it and begin to answer questions about the lives of past people. Christian Allen, a graduate student in archaeological anthropology, is one of the researchers piecing together this bigger picture at the University of Tennessee.
Allen is particularly interested in the Cherokee people who lived at a historic site known commonly as Mialoquo (40MR3). The site—which dates back over 250 years—was excavated by UT archaeologists between 1974 and 1979. Much of what was uncovered from neighboring archaeological sites at the same time can now be seen on display in the Native Peoples of Tennessee exhibit in UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, but thousands of artifacts remain unexamined. Focusing on the ceramics and pottery sherds recovered from the site, Allen can begin to understand how the spatial distribution of pottery relates to the formation of Mialoquo.
Recognitions, December 6
Two Students in Newest Class of Schwarzman Scholars
Two UT students have been named to the latest class of Schwarzman Scholars, a highly competitive program that offers selected students the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in China.
Colleen Ryan, who graduated in May 2017, and senior Lucille Greer are the second and third UT students selected for the program, which launched in 2015. Last year, Miranda Gottlieb, a May 2016 graduate, was UT’s first Schwarzman Scholar.
Inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, the Schwarzman Scholars program is a one-year master’s degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The newly announced class of scholars will begin their studies in China in August 2018. Scholars are chosen because of their exemplary leadership qualities and their potential to bridge and understand cultural and political differences. They will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China.
Healthcare Innovation EasyWhip Wins Fall 2017 Vol Court Pitch Competition
A time-saving surgical tool created by UT graduate student Lia Winter took home the top prize at this semester’s Vol Court Pitch Competition. Winter pitched the device, EasyWhip, to beat a record 23 competitors.
Vol Court is hosted twice a year by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in UT’s Haslam College of Business.
EasyWhip is designed to help improve the speed and consistency of certain orthopedic procedures.
“An individual orthopedic surgery can cost more than $50,000,” said Winter. “Costs associated with orthopedic procedures can be reduced by decreasing the time that each surgery takes or by reducing the surgery revision rate.”
Winter, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is both an MBA candidate in the Haslam College of Business and a master’s degree candidate in the UT Institute for Biomedical Engineering. She won $1,500 along with a sponsored prize package, which included free office space in the UT Research Foundation Business Incubator, consulting services courtesy of PYA, legal advice from Morehous Legal Group, and design services from Innovative Design Inc.
Three Professors Selected to Participate in Diplomacy Lab Program
Three UT professors have been accepted to the US Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab for spring 2018—Stuart Brotman, Devendra Dilip Potnis, and Sam Swan.
UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has been a partner in the Diplomacy Lab since fall 2015. Students and faculty have the opportunity to contribute directly to the policy-making process by engaging with the State Department through videos and teleconferences.
The project allows students to establish partnerships with policy makers, explore real-world challenges, and present their research to State Department officials.
Record Number of Students Earn Fulbrights for International Study, Teaching
Eight UT students—the largest number to date—have been offered prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for the 2017–18 academic year to study and teach in cities around the globe.
Andrew Seidler, director of UT’s Office of National Scholarship and Fellowships, said this was a record-setting year for UT in the Fulbright Student Program, with the largest number of awards offered (eight) and semifinalists (18) in UT history.
“I’m thrilled for the students and for UT. Having this much participation and success in the Fulbright competition says a lot about how our students are increasingly seeing the Fulbright as an important and attainable pursuit,” Seidler said, noting that the last year saw 42 students—the most ever—apply for Fulbrights.