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  • Daniel Feller, professor of history and director of The Papers of Andrew Jackson, delivered the William T. Bulger Lecture in American Biography on “Andrew Jackson & Donald Trump: Outsiders Alike?” at Central Michigan University as part of the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecture series. Feller and co-editors Thomas Coens and Laura-Eve Moss will receive the Thomas Jefferson Prize from the Society for History in the Federal Government for The Papers of Andrew Jackson: Volume X, 1832. The Society awards the prize every other year for excellence in a documentary edition. This year’s ceremony will be held April 13 at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
  • Sierra Plese, a senior in graphic design from Farragut, Tennessee, designed the cover of Athens of the New South, published by UT Press. The opportunity is the result of a new partnership between UT Press and the School of Art’s graphic design program.
  • Mary Morgan Smith, a third-year student in the School of Interior Design, and Mustapha Williams, a fourth-year student in the School of Architecture, won prestigious national scholarships and internships from Gensler, a billion-dollar design firm with 46 locations across the world.

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  • The Smart Communities Initiative was honored by the Southeast Tennessee Development District, a past and continuing partner, with their Flame Award, an overall agency award recognizing the SCI program and the university for commitment to engage the community, solve real-world problems, and “ignite the imagination of future leaders”.

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  • Kristen Savell (a third year doctoral student in the UT Department of Anthropology) and Benjamin Auerbach (a UT associate professor of anthropology), together with Charles Roseman (an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) co-authored a potentially groundbreaking study indicating that long bones of the arms and legs do not evolve independently as scientists have long assumed, but instead are all evolving together. The study was published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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ernst150Kathleen “Kassie” Ernst, a doctoral student in energy geography at the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education, will be going to Norrköping, Sweden, to study climate related issues. Ernst, who is from Whitehall, Wisconsin, will be working with the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute and the Stockholm Environment Institute to find ways of making climate information gleaned from models more usable for urban policy makers.

rewcastle150Kenna Rewcastle, a 2015 graduate in the College Scholars program, will be going to Sweden to complete research on the impact of climate change on the food source for reindeer herds managed by the Sami indigenous people. Rewcastle, of Apison, Tennessee, who was also a Haslam Scholar as an undergraduate, spent the last year researching climate change as a laboratory and field technician with UT’s Classen Ecosystem Ecology Lab, which was helping with a project funded by the Department of Energy. She also has worked in labs in Denmark, China, Sweden, and Switzerland.
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Thomas N. Childers, one of the most influential historians on the origins of German fascism and modern Germany, has been named the UT history department’s outstanding alumnus for 2016.

Geoff Greene, professor of physics, was invited by Scientific American to write an article about when a neutron’s life ends.