Economist to Help Lead National Think Tank
Alexa Rowland, a Fulbright program officer, will be here on March 28-29 to provide valuable guidance about the prestigious core Fulbright US Scholar fellowship, which offers faculty members one or two-semester fellowships to pursue research or teaching in foreign countries.
She will give a general presentation on 12:00 p.m. Thursday, March 29 in A004 Blount Hall. Please encourage your colleagues to register here.
This award is for faculty only; graduate students and undergraduates must apply for the student Fulbright award.
In addition, please encourage your colleagues to arrange for an individual consultation with Ms. Rowland. She will be available in twenty-minute slots on Wednesday, March 28 starting from 1:30-3:10 pm and on Thursday, March 29 starting from 8-11:20 am and again from 1:20-3:00 pm. Interested faculty members should contact Alan Rutenberg to arrange for a consultation.
Professor Yuri Efremenko of the University of Tennessee and Jason Newby of Oak Ridge National Laboratory are among 80 participants in COHERENT, a large, collaborative, particle physics experiment to record neutrinos at the Spallation Neutron Source.
UT Physics plays a key role on the scientific team that found neutrinos—typically among the least social subatomic particles—interact on a broader scale than previously shown. The results are published in Science (“Observation of Coherent Elastic Neutrino-Nucleus Scattering”) and provide compelling evidence of a concept that has been predicted for more than four decades but never seen.
Efremenko was among the scientists who proposed placing a neutrino facility at SNS, which has clearly already paid dividends. He holds a joint faculty appointment with ORNL and has a long and deep involvement with neutrino physics research, having worked with the KamLAND, DoubleChooz and Majorana experiments. Other UT Physics connections to the COHERENT experiment include Jason Newby (PhD, 2003), who is the technical coordinator for the collaboration, which comprises 80 researchers from 19 institutions and four nations. Physics graduate tudent Brandon Becker is also involved with the research.
The Fulbright Program is a prestigious international exchange initiative that awards about 1,100 grants to American scholars each year. Funded by the U.S. government, Fulbright Scholars are chosen based on their leadership and abilities to teach, conduct research and contribute to solutions for shared international concerns.
Teston will spend seven months in Romania as part of the interior architecture faculty at Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism. There, she will teach a course that focuses on urban spaces, the way people use urban spaces and politics related to design.
Erin Elizabeth Smith, senior instructor in English and the Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at UT Libraries, will be inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, October 19.
Smith teaches poetry writing, public writing, and literature and genre classes including Women in American Literature and Introduction to Poetry. She is the author of two full-length poetry collections, The Naming of Strays and The Fear of Being Found, which were re-released last year. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in 32 Poems, Mid-American, The Yalobusha Review, New Delta Review, Florida Review, Third Coast, Crab Orchard, West Branch, and Willow Springs.
As writer-in-residence, she organizes the Writers in the Library series, which brings local, regional, and nationally known authors to Hodges Library to share their works with the campus community.
Krista Wiegand, director of the Global Security–Conflict Processes program at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and associate professor of political science, spent the past five months as a Fulbright senior scholar in the Philippines.
Wiegand was one of five UT faculty members awarded a Fulbright during the 2016–17 academic year. Only senior-level academics are awarded a Fulbright senior scholarship.
“My Fulbright experience was immensely rewarding, since I would never have been able to learn what I did from just reading books and articles from afar,” said Wiegand. “There is nothing that can replace living in a country and conducting field research to gain in-depth understanding of their political issues.”
Wiegand was based in the Department of International Studies at De La Salle University in Manila, where she conducted research about the role of the Philippines in the contentious South China Sea dispute with China, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam. She spent much of her time interviewing government officials, former government officials, scholars, and experts about Philippine foreign policies related to the maritime dispute.
The purpose of Wiegand’s research was to explore the motivation of former president Benigno Aquino’s regime seeking international arbitration against China in 2013, the process of the arbitration from 2013 to 2016, and the consequences of the arbitration decision for the Philippines in its relations with China and the United States.
Recent UT graduate Jordan Bakke has received a Fulbright award to spend the next year as an English teaching assistant in Kazakhstan.
Bakke, of Antioch, Tennessee, graduated in May with a degree in international development through the College Scholars program. He had been named a Fulbright alternate but was offered an award last week.
“The Fulbright gives me an incredible opportunity to further increase my understanding of development by living, working, and studying through the Kazakh education system, which will open me up to new and interesting perspectives in a region that is often neglected in American culture and media,” Bakke said.