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Suzanne Lenhart, professor of mathematics, was honored with the 2017 SEC Faculty Achievement Award, the SEC announced this week.  Lenhart is a passionate advocate for women and other underrepresented groups in STEM fields. The SEC award recognizes professors from the 14 Southeastern Conference schools who have outstanding records in teaching and scholarship.

UT, sophomore Blaine Ziegler and freshman Emma Sopcak were awarded $5,000 scholarships from the Today show and PurePoint Financial as part of the Rokerthon 3, weatherman Al Roker’s journey to five universities across the US to set world records.

UT researcher Devon Burr, associate professor of earth and planetary sciences, co-authored a paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience describing the surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. Turns out that the grains covering the surface act like clingy packing peanuts—they become electrically charged and cause particles to stick to them.

is one of the newest members of NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover mission.

Ashley Maynor, digital humanities librarian, has been named a “mover and shaker” in the library field by the national publication Library Journal.

Stephen Blackwell, a UT professor of Russian in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, has been getting a lot of attention for his book Fine Lines: Vladimir Nabokov’s Scientific Art — the first full appraisal of Vladimir Nabokov’s contributions as a scientist. Reviews have recently appeared in the New Yorker, Nature, and the Washington Post.

Frank Loeffler, Governor’s Chair for Microbiology and Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Steven Wilhelm, Kenneth and Blaire Mossman Professor of Microbiology, have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology.
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Dixie L. Thompson has been named vice provost and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. A faculty member since 1994, Thompson has been serving as associate dean for research and academic affairs in UT’s College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. She is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies and served as the department head from 2008 until 2012.

Harry “Hap” McSween, Distinguished Professor of Science, received the President’s Award for research on Tuesday following President Joe DiPietro’s State of UT address. The award honors discoveries and applications of knowledge.

Wendy Tate, associate professor of supply chain management in UT’s Haslam College of Business, was recently named co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management. The journal targets both academic and industry audiences, focusing on applicable research in purchasing.