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Honors and awards for the university’s faculty and graduate students:

Nan Gaylord

Nan Gaylord, associate professor of nursing, has been selected to be a 2015 inductee to the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Thomas Zawodzinski, Governor’s Chair Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been selected as a Poly Fellow by the American Chemical Society Division of Polymer Science.

A paper by Shashi Nambisan, of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Jennifer Richards, of the Department of Food Science and Technology, was selected as the best paper in the STEM and Community Engagement section at the Engineering Leaders for Grand Challenges conference held in November 2014 at Texas A&M University at Qatar. The paper, “Transportation Systems STEM Summer Academy for Teachers,summarized efforts and outcomes of a three-day, transportation-systems-based summer academy for teachers.

Stephen J. Paddison

Stephen J. Paddison, the Gibson Endowed Chair in Engineering, has been awarded a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from the United Kingdom’s Royal Academy of Engineering. He will spend a month in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge and will visit research groups at Imperial College London, the University of Surrey, and the University of St. Andrews. He will be presenting lectures and seminars on the multiscale modeling of materials for batteries and fuel cells.

Wesley Hines, professor and head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, is the recipient of the 2014–2015 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award for UT. This puts Hines in consideration for the SEC Professor of the Year Award.

Bill Nugent and John Orme, both professors of social work, have been named 2015 fellows of the Society for Social Work and Research. Nugent, director of the college’s doctoral program, focuses his research on suicide risk assessment methods. Orme’s expertise lies in the area of foster care, especially foster families.

Steven Escar Smith

Steven Escar Smith, dean of libraries, has been appointed to the executive board of Tenn-Share, the statewide library consortium. He will serve as a member and secretary to the board through 2016.

William Weber, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Radiation Effects on Materials, was the guest editor for a recent special issue of Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science focusing on ion beam modification of materials.

Shima Mohebbi

Shima Mohebbi, a doctoral student in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, was selected as one of two nominees for 2015 by the Institute of Industrial Engineering for the national program New Faces of Engineering. Mohebbi is a graduate research assistant in UT’s Health Information Technology and Simulation Laboratory.

Jerika Norona

Jerika Norona, a third-year clinical psychology student, is one of three students nationwide to receive the American Psychological Association Early Graduate Student Researcher Award. More than 100 graduate students applied. The award comes with a $1,000 prize.


Amy Blakely (865-974-5034,