Michelle Brown, an associate professor of sociology, has worked with community organizers and activist scholars and artists who seek to push back against mass incarceration and point to socially-just alternatives. Because of her work in the growing field of critical criminology, Brown was named the 2016 Critical Criminologist of the Year by the American Society of Criminology. The award honors distinguished scholarship, teaching, and service in the field.
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Chisa Huffman was six years old when she fell in love with nursing after a traumatic domestic violence incident sent her mother to the hospital. “The nurse was so good with my mom and comforted me,” said Huffman. “She knew what I wanted without me saying anything. She brought me crayons and paper and let me color. I fell in love with her and thought she was an angel.” On December 8, Huffman will share her story as the commencement speaker at UT’s graduate hooding ceremony at 7 p.m. in Thompson-Boling Arena.
Reuters interviewed Yingjie Hu, assistant professor of geography, about an algorithm he has developed with collaborators that would improve the online mapping of disaster areas. Voice of America also picked up the story.
The Knoxville News Sentinel highlighted the research of Jeremy Smith, which involves the use of supercomputer simulations to help discover a new class of drug candidates that hold promise to combat antibiotic resistance. He is conducting the research with a team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The Washington Post quoted Patrick Grzanka, assistant professor of psychology, in a story exploring the changing ethnic and racial diversity in the United States.
The New York Times recently interviewed Barry Bruce, professor of biochemistry & cellular and molecular biology, for a story about the genetic tinkering of plants as a way to address hunger globally.
Learning between human social groups may be key to sustaining the environment, according to a new study that uses mathematical modeling to understand what factors most influence societies to conserve natural resources. Researchers at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), based at UT, conducted the research.
The Knoxville News Sentinel and the Tennessean spoke to Henri Grissino-Mayer, professor of geography, about the possible connection between the drought in the region and the wildfires.
Derek Alderman, head of the UT Department of Geography, and Kurt Butefish, coordinator of the Tennessee Geographic Alliance, wrote an opinion editorial for the Knoxville News Sentinel about the importance of geography in state social studies curriculum as officials seek to revise the standards. They noted that geography is increasingly becoming a smaller part of the curriculum–which is a disadvantage to K-12 students.
Theresa Lee, dean of the UT College of Arts and Sciences, has been elected to serve on the executive board for the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences.