Arts & Sciences News

Student at Bredesen Center Wins $50,000 ORNL Prize

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With the first set of UT Bredesen Center graduates set to receive their doctorates next week, students who will be in the next wave of graduates are already finding success. Andrew Lepore, working out of the Materials Science and Technology Division through the center, recently won a prestigious ORNL-related prize at the Next Big Idea competition. Lepore is on track to receive his doctorate in 2016.

Graduating Senior Receives 2014 Claxton Medallion

From left: Susan Benner, associate dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences; Brooke Terry, graduating senior and 2014 Claxton Medal winner; and Theresa Lee, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Senior Brooke Elana Terry has received the 2014 Claxton Medallion. The $5,000 award is given annually to a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences who will be entering a fifth-year internship in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences to prepare for a career in teaching.

Students to Study Chinese, Arabic as Part of State Department Program

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Two UT students have been awarded US Department of State Critical Language Scholarships to study critical-needs languages during the summer. Paige Scrivener, of Memphis, will study Chinese at Suzhou University in Suzhou, China. Jeremy Pearson, of Salem, Oregon, will be going to Oman to study Arabic.

Faculty Recognized for Excellence in Teaching at Honors Banquet

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At last week’s Honor’s Banquet, several faculty members were recognized with the Excellence in Teaching Award by Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. The recipents were Mark Dekay, an associate professor of architecture; Lois Presser, an associate professor of sociology; Andrew Sherfy, a lecturer in biosystems engineering and soil science; and Brian Stevens, a lecturer in statistics, operations, and management science.

Commencements Feature Notable Speakers, Including Pulitzer Winner

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Alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Noble Wilford will receive an honorary doctorate during this semester’s commencement ceremonies. Wilford, a 1955 journalism graduate, will receive an honorary doctorate of letters and science at the College of Communication and Information ceremony on May 7. He headlines the list of accomplished speakers at this spring’s college ceremonies, which begin May 7 and run through May 10. More than 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.

Faculty Recognized for Teaching at Annual Honors Banquet

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Last week, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek celebrated faculty, staff, and students for their accomplishments throughout the past academic year. Debora Baldwin, associate professor of psychology; Bruce MacLennan, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science; Anthony Nownes, professor of political science; and Marianne Wanamaker, associate professor of economics, each received the Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award.

Faculty, Staff, Students Receive Awards at Annual Honors Banquet

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Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek celebrated faculty, staff, and students for their accomplishments and service last night during the annual Honors Banquet. The banquet is the university’s largest honors event of the year. Distinguished Earth and Planetary Sciences Professor Harry “Hap” McSween was named as the 2014 Maceberaer, the highest faculty award. Twelve graduating seniors received the Torchbearer award, UT’s highest student honor.

Doctoral Student Selected to Attend Meeting with Nobel Laureates

A UT student has been selected to meet with more than thirty Nobel laureates this summer. Sarah Davis, a doctoral student in microbiology, will participate in the 2014 Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting held June 24–July 4 in Lindau, Germany. She was selected after careful scientific review and is among 600 of the most qualified students and young researchers worldwide to share the opportunity of attending the meeting. At the sixty-fourth Lindau meeting, thirty to forty Nobel laureates are expected to meet with the young researchers to share their knowledge.