Faculty News and Notes

Hamparsum Bozdogan, Toby & Brenda McKenzie Professor in the Department of Statistics, Operations and Management Science in the College of Business Administration, hosted and chaired two sessions at the Conference of the Classification Society of North America held recently in St. Louis. Bozdogan and six of his Ph.D. students also presented their doctoral research work.

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Gordon Burghardt, professor of psychology, has been elected president-elect of the Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology Division of the American Psychology Association. This division of the APA has approximately 1,000 members. Burghardt will join the Executive Committee for a meeting in Toronto in early August.

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Russell Crook, assistant professor of management in the College of Business Administration, recently led a session on negotiating contracts as part of the Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV). The EBV, which began at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in 2007, is an educational initiative that offers training in the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and business ownership to U.S. military members disabled as a result of their military service in post-Sept. 11 conflicts. The program includes a three-week online course and culminates in the on-campus residency ‘boot camp’ that is provided to the participants cost-free and is followed by 12 months of ongoing support and mentorship from faculty experts.

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Professors Marcia Goldenstein and Thomas Riesing in the School of Art are currently exhibiting their work at Beihang University in Beijing. Professor Riesing has been teaching and lecturing at Beihang University since May.

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Kate Jones, assistant professor of physics, is one of three nuclear physicists to receive a prestigious Outstanding Junior Investigator (OJI) Award from the U.S. Department of Energy. The award recognizes exceptional scientists early in their careers by supporting development of their individual research programs. The honor brings with it a total of $300,000 over the next three years for her research proposal: “Spectroscopic Studies Close to 100Sn and 132Sn Using Direct Reactions and Gamma Ray Measurements.” This is the second OJI award in three years for UT Knoxville’s nuclear physics program: in 2007, assistant professor Thomas Papenbrock won for his proposal, “Structure of Rare Isotopes.”

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Todd Moore, assistant professor of clinical psychology, has accepted an invitation from the American Psychological Association to attend their annual Science Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., in November. The theme of the conference is “Enhancing the Nation’s Health Through Psychological Science.” Moore is the second UT Knoxville psychology faculty member to be invited to this conference. Lowell Gaertner was a participant in 2007.