Faculty News and Notes

Kodjo Adabra, graduate teaching assistant of French in the Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures department, was nominated Peer-Reviewer in the field of francophone literature from West Africa, the Maghreb and the Caribbean, for the post-graduate electronic journal ‘e-pisteme’ based in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Newcastle University, United Kingdom. His abstract was accepted for the 56th Annual Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, Oct. 8-10 at Furman University: “Effets conjugués de la migritude et négritude de Mongo Béti à travers l’écriture diasporique dans Peuples noirs, peuples africains.”

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Hamparsum Bozdogan, Toby & Brenda McKenzie Professor in the Department of Statistics, Operations and Management Science, was an invited speaker at the international meeting of the Classification and Data Analysis Group (CLADAG) of the Italian Statistical Society at the University of Catania, in Catania, Italy, Sept. 9-11. Bozdogan also delivered his paper, “Misspecification resistant model selection using information complexity with applications.” During this meeting Bozdogan was invited by Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, to give a two-day doctoral seminar on “A New Modern Approach to Statistical Data Mining Using Information Complexity and the Genetic Algorithm.”

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The Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center has announced the appointment of three UT Knoxville Faculty Fellows: Jed Diamond, associate professor and head of acting in the Department of Theatre; Robert Kronick, professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling and faculty associate at the Baker Center; and John Peters, professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling. Each will facilitate a Faculty Inquiry Group in their specific area of expertise. Diamond will focus on applying principles of acting to teaching delivery strategies. Kronick will work with interested faculty in designing service learning components into course curricula. Peters will focus on developing reflective practice skills that can be employed to enhance classroom teaching and learning effectiveness.