With the start of a new academic year, there are several new and interim department heads across campus.
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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.
As the FIFA World Cup sprints toward a finish, a UT graduate is working in the background to make sure the players are in prime condition for the big game. Shad Forsythe, who earned his master’s degree in sport management in 1998, has been the head fitness coach for Germany’s team since 2004. Germany and Argentina play in the championship game on Sunday on ABC. Another UT grad also has been working behind the scenes at the World Cup. Jeremy Hassler, who received his master’s degree in sport management in 1999, is one of the lead trainers for the US Men’s National Team.
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
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.