Here are some of the faculty, staff, and students honored by outside organizations in recent months:
The UT Facilities Services Complex on Sutherland Avenue received an East Tennessee Preservation Award. The complex is an adaptive reuse of a 90,000-square-foot industrial facility that sits on a seven-acre parcel of land in Knoxville’s Marble City neighborhood.
The Office of Communications and Marketing won eight awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Three of the awards were CASE Grand Awards—the highest number of top prizes the office has ever received in one year. UT’s nationally broadcast setting of a new world record for the largest human letter, a giant Power T on Shields-Watkins Field in Neyland Stadium, won Grand Awards in the categories of best media relations project and special events. The Big Orange Big Ideas: Rocky Top Tennessee branding video also received a Grand Award.
Tennessee men’s basketball won several postseason awards from the Southeastern Conference. Head coach Rick Barnes was named SEC Coach of the Year, sophomore forward Grant Williams was named SEC Player of the Year, sophomore guard Lamonte Turner was named Co-Sixth Man of the Year, and junior Admiral Schofield was selected a second-team All-SEC performer.
Faculty and Staff
Kristen Block, associate professor of history, has received long-term fellowships at both the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California, and the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, Rhode Island, for her book project Holistic Medicine, Spiritual Healing, and Disease in the Early Caribbean. She will be at the libraries most of 2019.
Peiling Wang and Bharat Mehra, professors in the School of Information Sciences in the College of Communication and Information, won national awards from the Association for Library and Information Science Educators. Wang received the Pratt-Severn Faculty Innovation Award for her work on developing SIS’s ePortfolio capstone. Mehra received the Connie Van Fleet Award for Research Excellence in Public Library Services to Adults.
Peter Liaw, professor and Ivan Racheff Chair of Excellence in the Tickle College of Engineering, has been named a fellow of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society. Only 100 living individuals can be fellows at any one time.
VolShop Director Carol Miller-Schaefer was honored with the National Association of College Stores’ Aspen Award. The award is a lifetime achievement honor for leadership, service, contributions to education, and professional development in the collegiate retail industry. She has also been installed as a board trustee of the association.
College of Nursing Dean Victoria Niederhauser has been named co-chair of the Beryl Institute’s Nurse Executive Council, a diverse network of senior nurse leaders from organizations across North America. The council works to develop global strategies for nursing engagement.
Co-head Softball Coach Karen Weekly was chosen for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
JEM Associate Professor Amber Roessner received the 2017 National Award for Excellence in Teaching from the American Journalism Historians Association’s Education Committee.
Celeste Carruthers, associate professor of economics in UT’s Haslam College of Business, has been named co-editor of the Economics of Education Review. She is the Ed Boling Faculty Research Fellow and holds a dual appointment as a research faculty member in the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research.
Softball player Meghan Gregg was honored at the 34th annual Peach of an Athlete Role Model Banquet. The award recipients are student-athletes from Georgia who have distinguished themselves through their character, scholastic achievement, academic excellence, and community service.
For the second consecutive year, a UT Law student has won Baylor University Law School’s elite invitation-only “The Closer” competition. Brian K. Adams Jr., who was joined at Baylor by coach and Professor Brian Krumm, finished in first place and returned to Knoxville with $5,000 in prize money.
Christian Coleman has become the first Tennessee athlete to win collegiate track and field’s highest honor, the Bowerman Presentation. It was awarded at the 2017 US Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaches Convention in December.
Postdoctoral fellows Justin Westerfield, Seda Kocaman, and Vanessa Nguyen received 2018 Education Committee travel awards to present their research at the Biophysical Society’s 62nd annual meeting, held in San Francisco in February.