Faculty & Staff News

WBIR, News Sentinel: UT Fire Expert Receives Award

The UT professor who predicted the devastating Sevier County wildfires of late last year has won an award. The university has named Henri Grissino-Mayer a James R. Cox professor, and with that comes $25,500 over the course of three years. WBIR and the Knoxville News Sentinel reported on Grissino-Mayer’s recent award.

Knoxville News Sentinel: UT Experts Believe Syria Events Call for More Research

The Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons in attacks on its own people is raising questions in the research community about the need to counteract such activity, according to two experts at the University of Tennessee. The Knoxville News Sentinel recently interviewed Jeremy Smith, a governor’s chair researcher at UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the director of the UT/ORNL Center for Molecular Biophysics, and Howard Hall, also a governor’s chair and director of the Institute for Nuclear Security at UT. Both experts expressed a need for more research on counteracting these chemical weapons.

History Professor Earns ACLS Fellowship for Project

Charles Sanft, associate professor of history, has been named a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies. This year, 71 ACLS fellowships were awarded to faculty to support research in the humanities and humanistic and social sciences. The winners were selected from a pool of nearly 1,200 applicants—one of the largest in the history

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Gavrilets Elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

A leading theoretical evolutionary biologist at UT has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Sergey Gavrilets, distinguished professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Mathematics, follows in the footsteps of historical greats such as Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Mead, and Nelson Mandela, who were all notable members of the academy.

Faculty Honored for Teaching, Research, and Service at Chancellor’s Honors Banquet

Accomplished faculty, staff, and students were honored Wednesday evening at the annual Chancellor’s Honors Banquet, the university’s largest recognition event of the year. Seven seniors—Natalie Bennett, Savannah Clay, Joshua Dobbs, Carson Hollingsworth, Elisabeth Logan, Monil Mehta, and Louis Varriano— were recognized for their academic achievement, leadership, and outstanding service with the university’s highest student honor,

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Input Wanted: Choosing a Life of the Mind Book for 2018-19

While Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel has already been selected as the upcoming Life of the Mind book, your input is wanted to help choose the book for 2018–19 academic year. First-Year Studies, which oversees Life of the Mind, is seeking to choose books sooner to allow more time for faculty and units

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MacLennan to Represent Campus on UT Faculty Council

Bruce MacLennan, immediate past president of the Faculty Senate and an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been elected by the Faculty Senate to serve as campus representative to the UT Faculty Council. His term begins on July 1 and ends in 2020. The UT Faculty Council confers with, advises, and communicates with

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