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Professional and Scholarly Development Awards (PSDA) in the Visual and Performing Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences for the 2017-18 academic year. These grants are intended to enable scholarship that leads to research opportunities, collaborations, book contracts, juried competitions, foundation grants, faculty annual awards, or journal papers in direct alignment with our Vol Vision 2020 goals. ORE anticipates being able to make up to 20 awards annually.
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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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  • Chip Bryant, longtime UT fundraiser, has been named interim vice-chancellor for alumni affairs. He currently serves as executive director of development for the Haslam College of Business and as director of campus wide campaigns.
  • Graduate programs in supply chain management in the Haslam College of Business have been ranked second in the nation in a July 14 report by Gartner (a leading industry research company).
  • Joseph Lengyel, Air Force general and UT graduate, has been confirmed by the Senate for a promotion to four star general. Upon his promotion he will also become chief of the National Guard Bureau, leading 453,000 soldiers and airmen and becoming a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • The Humanities Center has announced a new class of fellows for the coming academic year consisting of six faculty members and four advanced doctoral graduate students from Arts and Sciences departments who will spend the year researching and completing work on a wide array of topics.

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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