The university honored four alumni Friday night with the Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award, the highest honor reserved for alumni who have excelled in their field on the national or international stage and have brought credit to UT.
Newspaper writers, editors, designers, and publishers won top awards today in the Tennessee Press Association’s 2013 newspaper contest, co-sponsored by UT. The Tennessean (Nashville), The Jackson Sun, the Elizabethton Star, the Manchester Times, the Standard Banner (Jefferson City), and the Herald and Tribune (Jonesborough) won the top general excellence awards at the association’s awards luncheon held in Nashville.
Harry “Hap” McSween, a UT professor who is world-renowned for his research of meteorites and Mars, has been named the Southeastern Conference Professor of the Year. McSween is a Chancellor’s Professor and distinguished professor of earth and planetary sciences. The SEC Professor of the Year Award honors one SEC faculty member from the fourteen conference universities whose record in research, scholarship and service places him or her among the elite in higher education.
From developing cheap biofuels to determining when people became monogamous, the research of some UT graduate students has gotten a boost from the National Science Foundation. Five students have received 2013 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees.
The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture has won two Awards of Excellence from the 2013 Tennessee Association of Museums. One award recognized Zen Buddhism and the Arts of Japan, an exhibit featured at the museum late last year. The other recognized the film Continents Collide: The Appalachians and the Himalayas, created by producer Steve Dean to accompany a temporary exhibit of the same name.
Bill Galvin says the key ingredient to career success is perseverance. As CNN International’s vice president for business development and sports programming, Galvin says this “never say die” attitude was crucial to starting his career. The College of Communication and Information recently presented Galvin with an Accomplished Alumni award.
The Office of Communications and Marketing won sixteen awards, including eight first-place awards, from the Tennessee College Public Relations Association. TCPRA is an organization of communicators—including public relations, marketing, web, and creative design professionals—who represent colleges and universities, public and private, two-year technical schools, technology centers, and community colleges across Tennessee.
UT alumnus Rich Middlemas got accidental inspiration for his Oscar-winning documentary, “Undefeated,” while keeping up with the Volunteer football team. A self-described “crazed college football fan,” Middlemas was reading a Memphis Commercial Appeal story in 2009 about the 16-year-old left tackle O.C. Brown of the Manassas High Tigers team.
UT Knoxville has more new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science than any other university in the South. AAAS has named 11 UT Knoxville faculty members to the 2010 class of fellows. In addition to once again besting all other regional universities, UT Knoxville has the second most new AAAS Fellows nationally, tied with Cornell University.
Minneapolis-based attorney Randy Hopper has been recognized with UT Knoxville’s Accomplished Alumnus Award. The award is sponsored by the UT Knoxville Office of Alumni Affairs and recognizes graduates who have achieved great professional success.