Last week’s Supreme Court ruling granting marriage rights to same-sex couples put two College of Law professors in the spotlight. Professor Wendy Bach spoke with WUOT, WATE and the News Sentinel. Michael Higdon was interviewed by WBIR and the Commercial Appeal. Richard Pacelle, Supreme Court expert and political science professor, also was interviewed by the News Sentinel.
Department of Political Science News
Michelle Johnson, an alumna of the Department of Political Science was surprised last week with a $25,000 national award for excellence in teaching.
UT Students are part of a project that provides planning and economic development assistance to distressed communities.
A noted scholar of Middle Eastern politics will visit UT on Thursday, September 25, to present a public lecture about Muslim Brotherhood’s role in Egyptian politics.
President Barack Obama has announced the appointment of UT alumnus Michael Nettles to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Nettles graduated in 1976 with a degree in political science.
Last week, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek celebrated faculty, staff, and students for their accomplishments throughout the past academic year. Debora Baldwin, associate professor of psychology; Bruce MacLennan, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science; Anthony Nownes, professor of political science; and Marianne Wanamaker, associate professor of economics, each received the Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award.
Ediobong “Edi” Ebiefung, a senior, has been chosen as one of forty students from the United States to participate in the 2014 Humanity in Action Fellowship. He will be going to Amsterdam. “The opportunity means a lot to me, and I am honored that I was selected,” said Ebiefung, who was born and raised in Chattanooga, the son of parents who emigrated from Nigeria.
Following Tuesday’s State of the Union address from President Barack Obama, political science professor Anthony Nownes spoke with the Knoxville News Sentinel about the varied response from the Republican party.
Schools that have more minority teachers have reduced minority teen pregnancy rates. That’s the finding of a new study done by Danielle Atkins, assistant professor of political science. Atkins collaborated on the study, which has been published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.
Earl Gohl, federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, will be on campus Tuesday, November 12, to participate in a panel about the past, present, and future of the Appalachian region. Free and open to the public, the event begins at 3:00 p.m. in the Baker Center Toyota Auditorium. Discuss topics will include regional change, issues, and challenges and opportunities for new growth in Appalachia.