Posts By: Brandy Norwood

Radiation Expert Wirth Named Ninth UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair

Brian Wirth, an authority in the ways materials behave in extreme environments, has been named the ninth University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. Wirth is currently an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley, which he joined in 2002 following several years as a materials scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Wirth leads a number of research projects funded by various U.S. Department of Energy offices to investigate the performance of nuclear fuels and structural materials in nuclear environments.

UT Linguist Plans Historic Meeting of Plains Indian Sign Talkers

A linguist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will convene a historic gathering of Native American sign language users this summer on the northern Great Plains. Jeffrey Davis, an associate professor in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, is identifying Plains Indian sign talkers who use the elaborate language so that it can be documented and revitalized in native communities. The conference will be held August 12-15 on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in southeastern Montana. It is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through its Documenting Endangered Languages program.

Award will Recruit, Train UT Knoxville Students as 2010 Election Poll Workers

UT Knoxville will play a key role in supplying poll workers for the November election, thanks to a grant from the United States Election Assistance Commission. UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy was one of just 15 recipients to receive funding to train as many as 200 students to serve as poll workers for the Nov. 2 federal election in Knox County.

Y-12 and UT Partner to Recruit Top Students to UT MBA Program

A unique partnership between the College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and B&W Y-12 promises to attract exceptional students to UT’s full-time MBA program and enhance business development efforts at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. “The Career Advantage Program is the first time we’ve partnered with an organization to help identify top potential candidates for our program,” said Amy Cathey, executive director of UT’s full-time MBA program. “We hope it serves as a model for future business partnerships.”

Barbara J. Thayer-Bacon

Barbara J. Thayer-Bacon Professor Education Expertise: Barbara Thayer-Bacon can discuss philosophy of education, feminist theory and pedagogy and cultural studies. Expertise Categories: Education | Feminism | Cultural Studies Contact Information Email: Phone: 865-974-9505 Web:

Wei He

Wei He Assistant Professor Materials Science and Engineering Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering Expertise: Wei He can discuss surface modification of biomedical implants, biomaterials for neural tissue repair and neural interface and polymers for drug delivery. Expertise Categories: Polymers | Biomaterials | Biomedical Implants Contact Information Email: Phone: 865-974-5275 Web:;

Justin Rhinehart

Justin Rhinehart Assistant Professor Animal Science Expertise: Justin Rhinehart has researched the use of dietary fat supplementation to alleviate the negative effects of endophyte-infected tall fescue on reproductive performance of beef heifers. He has also focused on pregnancy loss in cattle associated with changes in steroid hormone concentrations and placental development. He has served as

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John Scheb

John Scheb Professor and Head Political Science Expertise: John Scheb can discuss American government, constitutional law, civil rights and liberties, administrative law, criminal law and procedure, the judicial process and law in American society. Scheb is proficient in survey research and also has served as a consultant to numerous government agencies, political candidates, corporations, attorneys, interest

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Caula Beyl

Caula Beyl Professor and Dean Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Expertise: Caula Beyl has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on 41 funded research projects in various areas of horticulture, stress physiology and space biology.  Her research has resulted in several refereed research publications, seven book chapters, one book and 115 abstracts and presentations, which

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Stergios Botzakis

Stergios Botzakis Assistant Professor Theory and Practice in Teacher Education Expertise: Stergios Botzakis can discuss adolescent literacy, content area literacy, media literacy and graphic novels. His research includes secondary education and popular culture. Expertise Categories: Adolescent Literacy | Content Area Literacy | Media Literacy | Graphic Novels Contact Information Email: Phone: 865-974-6159 Web: