The week of Halloween brings; UT Alumna named Tennessee Teacher of the Year; psychology professor honored with lifetime achievement award; recent UT graduate wins Global Undergraduate Award; veterinary cardiologist receives national award; MABE associate professor named ASME fellow; EECS student is top fellowship/scholarship student in computer science; UT student awarded the 2020 University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Award for Extraordinary Professional Promise in Research. Continue reading
Parker Has Leading Role in National Artificial Intelligence Directive
UT Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Lynne Parker played a key role in a White House initiative announced Monday to bolster research, governance, and education and workforce training around artificial intelligence.
The White House directive includes five areas of emphasis to strengthen US leadership in AI, noting that, while the US was an early leader in the development of AI and machine learning, other countries also are moving forward.
Since her appointment as assistant director for artificial intelligence at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in August, Parker has helped lead the initiative, which has been months in the making.
Recognitions, May 30
Alumna Endows Professorship in Honor of Her Father Andy Holt
In honor of late UT President Andy Holt, his daughter Ann Skadberg and her husband Dean, have established the Andrew D. Holt Endowed Professorship in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.
Julia Jaekel, associate professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies, has been named the first recipient of this honor.
“I am deeply grateful for having been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Andrew D. Holt Professorship,” said Jaekel. “Since my arrival at UT in 2015, I have heard many wonderful testimonies of the outstanding achievements and treasured memories of Dr. Holt, and I will strive to carry on his mission of academic excellence and dedication to teaching, service, and research.”
2018-19 Community Engagement Incentive Grant Winners
As part of UT’s commitment to community engagement and the scholarship of academic outreach, five faculty and staff members have been selected to receive Community Engagement Incentive Grants through the Office of Community Engagement and Outreach.
These grants provide funding for proposals that enhance the public engagement mission of the university. They are allocated through a competitive annual process, subject to both academic and community peer review. Panelists’ decisions were based on the proposal’s benefit and impact on the university, community, academic scholarship, and sustainability.
Five Professors Named Fulbright Scholars for 2016–17 Academic Year
Five UT professors are serving as Fulbright Scholars this academic year—Micah Beck, Sarah Eldridge, Carol Tenopir, Krista Wiegand, and Songning Zhang.
The Fulbright Program is a prestigious international exchange initiative that awards about 1,100 grants to American scholars each year. Funded by the US government, Fulbright Scholars are chosen based on their leadership and their abilities to teach, conduct research and contribute to solutions for shared international concerns. Continue reading
UT, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Release New Biodiversity Web Application
UT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and School of Art have partnered with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Inventory and Monitoring Branch to create a new web application, Species Mapper.
Everyone from park managers to school groups can use Species Mapper to explore suitable habitats for more than 1,800 species.