There’s been a lot to celebrate lately! A UT alumna was named a 2020 Rhodes Scholar—UT’s ninth; another student won UT’s very first Mitchell Scholarship; four faculty members received NSF Early Career awards; two faculty were named AAAS fellows; a UT professor is among the most highly cited researchers; the Haslam College of Business MBA program ranked 50th in the nation; two English professors received recognition for their work; and a former Earth and Planetary Sciences professor was posthumously honored with a special journal issue.
Hera Jay Brown Is UT’s Ninth Rhodes Scholar
Hera Jay Brown, who graduated from UT in August 2018, has been named a 2020 Rhodes Scholar—the ninth current or former UT student to earn this prestigious honor.
As a Rhodes Scholar, Brown—a native of Corryton, Tennessee—will begin all-expenses-paid studies at the University of Oxford in England next fall. Brown tentatively plans to pursue both a master’s degree and a doctorate in migration studies.
“Having a Rhodes Scholar for a second consecutive year is a tremendous honor that underscores our university’s commitment to excellence in undergraduate scholarship, research, and engagement,” Chancellor Donde Plowman said. “Hera Jay has spent her academic and professional career researching important, and sometimes difficult, topics. She wants to make a difference in the world by informing international policy and decision making.”
UT Student Receives Rhodes Scholarship
UT senior Grant Rigney, has been named a Rhodes Scholar—the eighth in university history—and will begin his graduate studies at Oxford University next fall.
Rigney, a student in chemical and biomolecular engineering from Normandy, Tennessee, is the editor-in-chief of Pursuit, UT’s journal of undergraduate research, and has conducted research at the UT Medical Center on toxicity of PET-CT imaging agents. While at Oxford, Rigney will pursue masters degrees in Global Health Science and Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation.
Recognitions, December 6
Two Students in Newest Class of Schwarzman Scholars
Two UT students have been named to the latest class of Schwarzman Scholars, a highly competitive program that offers selected students the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in China.
Colleen Ryan, who graduated in May 2017, and senior Lucille Greer are the second and third UT students selected for the program, which launched in 2015. Last year, Miranda Gottlieb, a May 2016 graduate, was UT’s first Schwarzman Scholar.
Inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, the Schwarzman Scholars program is a one-year master’s degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The newly announced class of scholars will begin their studies in China in August 2018. Scholars are chosen because of their exemplary leadership qualities and their potential to bridge and understand cultural and political differences. They will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China.
Healthcare Innovation EasyWhip Wins Fall 2017 Vol Court Pitch Competition
A time-saving surgical tool created by UT graduate student Lia Winter took home the top prize at this semester’s Vol Court Pitch Competition. Winter pitched the device, EasyWhip, to beat a record 23 competitors.
Vol Court is hosted twice a year by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in UT’s Haslam College of Business.
EasyWhip is designed to help improve the speed and consistency of certain orthopedic procedures.
“An individual orthopedic surgery can cost more than $50,000,” said Winter. “Costs associated with orthopedic procedures can be reduced by decreasing the time that each surgery takes or by reducing the surgery revision rate.”
Winter, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is both an MBA candidate in the Haslam College of Business and a master’s degree candidate in the UT Institute for Biomedical Engineering. She won $1,500 along with a sponsored prize package, which included free office space in the UT Research Foundation Business Incubator, consulting services courtesy of PYA, legal advice from Morehous Legal Group, and design services from Innovative Design Inc.
Three Professors Selected to Participate in Diplomacy Lab Program
Three UT professors have been accepted to the US Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab for spring 2018—Stuart Brotman, Devendra Dilip Potnis, and Sam Swan.
UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has been a partner in the Diplomacy Lab since fall 2015. Students and faculty have the opportunity to contribute directly to the policy-making process by engaging with the State Department through videos and teleconferences.
The project allows students to establish partnerships with policy makers, explore real-world challenges, and present their research to State Department officials.