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Brian Barber is New America Fellow; Writing Book About Life on Gaza Strip

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Brian K. Barber, the founding director of UT’s Center for the Study of Youth and Political Conflict, has been named a 2015 fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC. His main task will be to write a book narrating the lives of six men from the Gaza Strip whom he has interviewed regularly for the past twenty years, since they emerged as youth from the first Palestinian intifada in 1993.

News Sentinel: UT prof says let children grieve

Bob Rider, dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, spoke with the Knoxville News Sentinel about helping children through their grief in the wake of tragedies like that of the school shooting that took place in Newtown, Connecticut, last week. Rider told the newspaper that a parent’s support should include room for listening, catharsis, and grief, along with perspective.

Search Under Way for Vice Chancellor for Diversity

UT is taking a big step forward in its commitment to diversity. The university has created a new position, vice chancellor for diversity, to maximize diversity, cultural awareness, and civility initiatives. Applications for qualified candidates are now being accepted. The vice chancellor for diversity will report to the chancellor and serve on the chancellor’s cabinet.

UT, Korean University Sign Memorandum

UT Knoxville and Dong-A University in Busan, South Korea, have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on student and faculty exchanges, joint research activities, and other programs. The agreement was signed Monday by Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek and officials from Dong-A University.

UT Educators Hall of Honor to Induct New Honorees on March 25

Seven educators will be honored on March 25 when they are inducted into the Educators Hall of Honor, housed in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at UT Knoxville. The ceremony, which is open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. at the UT Visitor’s Center.

$1 Million Challenge: Donor Helps Raise Money for UT Teacher Education

An anonymous donor has made a $1 million challenge to raise money to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in the teacher internship program at UT Knoxville. The donor, a longtime supporter of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, has offered to give $1 million in memory of the late J. Clayton Arnold if the college can collect at least $1 million in contributions from other supporters.

UT, Knox County Schools to Partner in Education Leader Training Program

The Center for Educational Leadership, a collaborative venture between the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences and Knox County Schools, is being established at UT Knoxville with funding from a private gift.

UT Wins $1.8M Grant to Boost Math and Science Teaching Statewide

UT Knoxville will receive as much as $1.8 million from the National Math and Science Initiative to launch VolsTeach, a new program to improve the quantity and quality of mathematics and science teachers. The grant will allow the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences to replicate UTeach, a proven model developed by the University of Texas, Austin.