- Accomplished faculty, staff, and students were honored Wednesday evening at the annual Chancellor’s Honors Banquet, the university’s largest recognition event of the year. See a full list of 2017 awardees here.
- Charles Sanft, associate professor of history, has been named a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies.
- Sergey Gavrilets, distinguished professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Mathematics, has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
- Wardell Milan, a New York City-based visual artist, will be recognized for his accomplishments as part of UT’s African American Trailblazer Series on Tuesday, April 25.
Recognitions, April 21
Four UT Researchers Named 2016 AAAS Fellows
Four UT researchers are among the 2016 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Brian Wirth, Karen Hughes, and George Ostrouchov hold various positions on the UT Knoxville campus; Baohua Gu from the UT Institute of Agriculture also was selected.
O’Meara Receives NSF CAREER Grant for Research on Species Evolution
An evolutionary biologist at UT is developing methods that will use information from species alive now, and potentially extinct species, to understand how and why species have changed through time.
Brian O’Meara has received a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award for this work. The award is given to promising young faculty members as a way to support particular areas of research.
O’Meara, a newly tenured associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, joins two other recent CAREER grant recipients from UT— Cong Trinh, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Donatello Materassi, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science.
Researcher Urges Caution on Rewilding to Restore Wild Spaces
Efforts to restore land back to its natural state by reintroducing wild animals have become increasingly popular in recent years.
A study co-authored by Dan Simberloff, a UT researcher, says scientific evidence supporting the potential benefits of this form of restoration is limited at best. The introduction of species into new places is often met with unexpected negative consequences for the environment.
The findings were published today in the Cell Press journal Current Biology.
Simberloff is the Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies in the UT Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
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