Faculty News and Notes

Ayres Hall

Ayres Hall

Derek Alderman, head of the Department of Geography, is being honored with the Association of American Geographers Media Achievement Award. The award will be presented in April 2014 at the national meeting of geographers in Tampa. The AAG Media Achievement Award is conferred in recognition of exceptional and outstanding accomplishments in publicizing geographical insights in media of general or mass communication.

Professor Emeritus Steve Ash has published A Massacre in Memphis: The Race Riot That Shook the Nation One Year After the Civil War. Kirkus gave the book a starred review and called it “riveting,” while Publisher’s Weekly says, “For those who want to understand the roots of America’s racial issues, Ash’s captivating and thoughtful book offers explanations and raises many new questions.”

Professor Ash retired from the Department of History this year. He has authored more than a half dozen books on Tennessee and Civil War history, and has trained a generation of graduate students in those fields.

Abhijeet Borole, associate professor of chemical engineering and joint faculty member with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has received $150,000 from the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation to investigate water treatment processes. The funding is part of the department’s Desalination and Water Purification Research Program. Borole aims to develop a system that can treat wastewater by removing ions found in minerals and salt using an electric current generated by microbes. This system would also open up untapped water resources and enable water to be reused for various uses.

Joshua Fu, an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Kan Huang, a research associate, have been awarded the Significant Event Award from Oak Ridge National Laboratory for their contributions to the project “Arctic Black Carbon Initiative” funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. For more information, visit the College of Engineering website.

“Jubilee,” a short story by Michael Knight, professor in the Department of English, was published in the Fall 2013 issue of Ploughshares, one of the top literary magazines in the country. Knight is the author of the critically acclaimed book The Typist, as well as short stories and novellas.

Psychology Professor Brent Mallinckrodt received the “Best in Science” award from Division 17 of the American Psychological Association at its annual convention in August. The award acknowledges outstanding career contributions to the field of Counseling Psychology. Mallinckrodt has published 90 peer reviewed articles or book chapters, principally on the topics of the psychotherapy relationship, social support, and graduate research training. He has received $4.1 million in federal funding for his research in coping and recovery from breast cancer, and suicide prevention on the UT campus. He is a Fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science.

David Northington, professor of piano in the School of Music, recently received a favorable review of his compact disc release in the American Record Guide, the premier international review journal for new classical CD releases. Northington’s CD is his second in the Complete Piano Works of Aaron Copland series. The first also received accolades from the magazine.

Brian O’Meara, assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, was cited in the magazine Science on how to limit fallout from the federal shutdown. The National Science Foundation’s website went dark due to the shutdown but O’Meara created a workaround with his own website, according to the article. To read more, visit the Science website.

Elizabeth Strand, associate professor in the Colleges of Social Work and Veterinary Medicine, has been elected to a distinguished fellowship in the National Academies of Practice, and to the Social Work Academy as a distinguished scholar and fellow. She will be inducted on April 5 at the National Academies of Practice Induction and Awards Banquet.

Eugene Wofford, research associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and curator of UT’s herbarium, has co-authored a new book called Woody Plants of Kentucky and Tennessee: The Complete Winter Guide to Their Identification and Use. The guide enables people to identify trees, shrubs, and woody vines during the winter months, when the absence of leaves and fruit makes plants difficult to recognize. It also provides notes on practical uses for the plants. The book features more than 400 species and is written for amateurs as well as professional botanists. The book was published in October.

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