Be Well’s second Wellness Warrior Award recipient is Rachel L. Debuty, a staff member in the Office of the Treasurer. Debuty has been with the University for 11 years. She enjoys walking, Zumba, sewing, and spending time with family and friends. Read from the Be Well Wellness Wednesday newsletter.
Faculty member Lynne Parker, who has been working with the National ̍Science Foundation in Washington, DC, for the past two years, is moving back to Knoxville to become associate dean for faculty affairs and engagement in UT’s Tickle College of Engineering.
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.
Four students have been awarded a combined total of $35,000 in grants from the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) to help fund their participation in CIEE Open Campus programs for the spring 2017 semester.
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.
UT’s regular deadline for admissions is December 15. “It’s a busy time of year, but we want to make sure prospective students and their families don’t miss this important deadline,” Associate Provost for Enrollment Management Kari Alldredge said.
UT’s undergraduate business program is 13th in the nation among public universities, according to rankings released today by Poets&Quants. The Haslam College of Business ranked 32nd among all institutions and 10th in quality of educational experience. “To be so highly ranked among business schools is an honor, and to be in the country’s top 10 based on alumni satisfaction demonstrates the efficacy of the education we provide,” said Steve Mangum, dean and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair.
Four construction projects at UT have been honored by American School and University magazine as examples of the best in design among colleges and universities. “We’re pleased with the recognition,” said Dave Irvin, associate vice chancellor for facilities services. “Two of our projects, Strong Hall and the Stokely Family Residence Hall, aren’t even finished yet and they’re earning national praise, which is thrilling,” he said.
Otis Hammond Stephens Jr., longtime parliamentarian for Faculty Senate and UT Alumni Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science emeritus, passed away on Friday, December 2. He began working at UT in the Department of Political Science and retired in 2012. He served as associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and head of the