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  • The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently featured a project excavating the small Greek island of Mitrou which uncovered some of the earliest evidence of how aspiring leaders of the Bronze age reshaped their society to set themselves apart from other people. The international team was lead by Aleydis Van de Moortel, professor and head of the Department of Classics.
  • Ted Shelton and Tricia Stuth, both associate professors of architecture in the College of Architecture and Design conducted research this summer as Affiliated Fellows of the American Academy in Rome. The husband and wife team were also chosen to serve as the 2016 Virginia Design Medalists.
  • Seventeen alumni were recognized for their achievements and contributions to UT , the nation, and the world at the Alumni Board Awards Dinner. The top honor of Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna was conferred on three individuals:
    • Sharon Price John, CEO and president of Build-a-Bear Workshop
    • Jerry Summers, founding and supervising member of Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers in Chattanooga
    • Robert Kirkland, the late founder and owner of Kirkland’s stores
  • Communication studies student Baker Donahue, a junior, has founded a new business, In With the Old, specializing in finding vintage UT apparel and reselling it via Instagram.
  • A UT -ORNL team led by Governor’s Chair Jeremy Smith is using supercomputing to find ways to ease the path of turning vegetation into biofuel. Smith is the UT Governor’s Chair for Molecular Biophysics based in the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology. He is also the director of the UT-ORNL Center for Molecular Biophysics.