UT faculty joined community volunteers this weekend to install a new natural playground at the North Head Start Center. The playground will give students a new recreation area and provide researchers with an opportunity to study the environment’s impact on children’s activity levels. The effort is part of the Partners through Playgrounds project, which will study how
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A Knox County Health Department senior health official who for years has been an adjunct faculty member at UT will be moving into a permanent role at the university. Kathy Brown, currently director of community assessment and health promotion at the Knox County Health Department, has been appointed clinical associate professor and director of the Master of Public Health Program in the Department of Public Health
Bob Kronick, a UT professor known for his work to bring health, community, and social services to youngsters and their families within their elementary school, is the first recipient of an inaugural faculty endowment award from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.
When Katherine Waxstein graduates this week, she’ll leave behind some work for others to do. As part of a volunteer project, Waxstein developed a leadership program for elementary school students that’s been so successful it has been turned into a university course that will be taught in the fall. Waxstein has completed a double major in child and family studies and psychology.
Ten educators will be part of 2014—2015 cohort of the UT Leadership Academy. Now in its fifth year, the Leadership Academy is a collaborative venture between UT and Knox County Schools that prepares talented individuals to become outstanding new school principals through a full-time, intensive fifteen-month fellowship program. The class will begin work May 30.
The Provost’s Service-Learning Office is working on a plan to give an “S” designation to approved courses with a service-learning component. The application process was piloted this spring by nine faculty members, each representing a different college. The university already has many courses that employ service-learning, and the service-learning office is developing mechanisms to enhance the support and recognition of faculty who do this work.
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.
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.
Cutting-edge ideas in medical, mechanical, and biological technology were on display at the UT Conference Center this week for the annual two-day symposium sponsored by the Institute of Biomedical Engineering.
Two principals from Sevier County and Davidson County, respectively, are the latest recipients of awards that recognize outstanding education leaders in the state. Benjamin T. Clabo, principal of Pigeon Forge High School in Sevier County, is the recipient of the University Council for Educational Administration Excellence in Educational Leadership Award. J. Terry Shrader, principal at Hillsboro High School in Davidson County, has received the William J. and Lucille H. Field Award for Excellence in Secondary Principalship for the State of Tennessee.