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13 days in May exploring the history of World War II in England, France and Germany.

Normandy Scholars is an interdisciplinary program designed to allow undergraduate students from across the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to study World War II in a wider context.

While abroad, students visited memorials, museums, galleries, parks and cemeteries.  To read more about these students’ travels, check out their blog at normandy.utk.edu/catergory/normandy-scholars-2018.

Two Faculty Members Awarded Third Place for Renovation of Ireland’s Connolly’s of Leap

Two faculty members, Lisa Mullikin, Associate Professor of Interior Architecture, and Kevin Stevens, Lecturer in the School of Architecture, were recently awarded third place in an international design competition in Ireland.

The contest challenged designers to envision a renovation and extension of the famous Connolly’s of Leap, an Irish cult music venue located near the southern tip of Ireland. With three generations of owners, the venue is historic to the region and has championed live music since 1810.  For more than 200 years, the venue has made a name on the international music scene for hosting thousands of world-famous artists as well as cult music talent.

Mullikin and Stevens’s design, titled “Rooted|Rootless,” focuses the design of the music venue around a central tree, called the Mother Tree, which is known for supporting life and passing wisdom. The design includes a series of gardens and ramps to bring visitors from the existing waterfall, ravine and surrounding neighborhood. Complete with a full, floating, faceted canopy, their design aims to honor the relationship between the music, place and people who visit this iconic venue.

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Kimberly Eck, director of research development in the Office of Research and Engagement, was elected Chair of the Southeast Region’s National Organization of Research Development Professions (SE NORDP) Executive Committee. Eck is leading SE NORDP in creating its founding documents and policies so that it can be officially recognized by the national NORDP organization. SE NORDP will be a valuable regional network that supports professional development and faculty collaboration.

Benson, Graves, Lee Receive CRA Designation

The Office of Research and Engagement’s Jennifer Benson & Allyson Graves, Sponsored Programs Administrators, and Lisa Lee, IACMI Contract Manager, are the newest recipients of the Certified Research Administrator designation. The designation of Certified Research Administrator (CRA) means that an individual has met the requirements of the Research Administrators Certification Council‘s eligibility requirements and has demonstrated a level of knowledge necessary for a person to be a professional research or sponsored programs administrator.

Penn Awarded 2017 NCURA Travel Award

Marie PennMarie Penn from the Office of Sponsored Programs was awarded the 2017 National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) Travel Award. The Southeast Region of NCURA issues an annual $1,000 Travel Award to support a member to attend the region’s annual conference. These awards are issued through a competitive application process and awardees are selected based on service and contribution to the organization and professional development/institutional financial need. Continue reading