Recognitions, February 17
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- Thereasa Abrams, assistant professor in the College of Social Work, has developed an app called the Bridge to help burn victims heal faster. She also founded a multidisciplinary team to enhance the app to serve the unique needs of burn survivors nationally and internationally.
Four Students Win Fulbright Awards to Study, Teach, Do Research Abroad
Four UT students have been awarded Fulbright US Student Program Grants for 2016–17:
Desiree Dube, a senior in history and Russian studies, will spend the next academic year teaching English in Russia. Dube, of Clarksville, Tennessee, will be working at a Russian university and starting a book club there.
Kathleen “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.
Kenna 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.
Two UT Professors Receive Prestigious National Humanities Fellowships
Two professors at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have received National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships.
Tore Olsson, assistant professor of history, will study the interaction between U.S. and Mexican efforts to modernize agriculture in the 1930s and 1940s, alongside the cross-pollination of the U.S. New Deal and the Mexican Revolution. The project, which reveals rarely acknowledged similarities between the histories of the U.S. and Mexico, will culminate in a book to be published in 2017 or 2018.
Tina Shepardson, professor of religious studies, will study religious violence and persecution in the Middle East in the fifth through seventh centuries, with a focus on the development of the Syrian Orthodox Church. Her resulting book will shed new light on this historical example of Christian conflict, radicalization and schism, and should help us understand and respond to religious conflicts today.
The NEH awarded each professor $50,400. The agency awarded 80 fellowships this year, and UT faculty received two.