Faculty News and Notes

Ayres Hall

Ayres Hall

Shelley Binder, associate professor of music, has been named chair of the finance committee for the National Flute Association. The position is a four-year appointment. She also is featured as a new artist/performer on the Miyazawa Flute website. Miyazawa is a Japanese company renowned for its handcrafted professional flutes.

Ham Bozdogan, a professor in the Department of Statistics, Operations, and Management Science, has become an advisory board member of Türkiye Klinikleri Journal of Medical Sciences, a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed medical journal based in Turkey.

Ralph Brockett, professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, has received the Imogene Okes Award for outstanding research in adult education. The award was presented in November at a reception in Las Vegas. Brockett and his colleague Susan Stockdale at Kennesaw State University won for their “Development of the PRO-SDLS: A Measure of Self-Direction in Learning Based on the Personal Responsibility Orientation Model,” published in Adult Education Quarterly in May 2011. Brockett teaches graduate courses in adult learning and research methods.

Terry Hazen, UT/ORNL Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology has co-authored a paper that appeared on cover of Environmental Microbiology. The paper is entitled “Deep-sea bacteria enriched by oil and dispersant from the Deepwater Horizon spill.” The paper shows how the Macondo oil degrades at low temperature with and without dispersant and other amendments at the refrigerator temperatures in the deep gulf, and which microbial communities members were responsible for the oil degradation in the deep Gulf of Mexico.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has appointed George Hyfantis, an adjunct professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering to the new combined Tennessee Underground Storage Tank and Solid Waste Disposal Control Board. This new board combines the regulatory oversight functions of the former Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Board and the Solid Waste Disposal Control Board. Hyfantis was chosen to represent an institution of higher learning. He has been an adjunct professor in civil engineering for more than thirty years, teaching mainly the graduate course Solid and Hazardous Waste Management.

Claudia Rawn, joint faculty assistant professor of materials science and engineering, and Jeffrey Reinbolt, assistant professor of mechanical, aerospace, and biomedical engineering, were selected to attend the Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium in October at the National Academies’ Beckman Center in Irvine, California. The Frontiers of Engineering program brings together a select group of emerging engineering leaders from industry, academe, and government labs to discuss pioneering technical work and leading edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors.