In addition to being a third-year student in the UT MFA printmaking program, Johanna Winters is a puppeteer. Her hand-built figures are both endearing and uncanny, and her performances, using larger-than-life heads and distorted, delicate figures, are both humorous and dark. In her current work, Dowagers, she explores ideas about control and play through a pair of reclusive sisterly spinsters. Read more about Winters and her work at the School of Art.
Geology doctoral student Rachel Kronyak is one of only a few researchers worldwide doing test explorations of Mars with an augmented reality headset. The HoloLens headset shows Kronyak the surface of Mars in a three-dimensional hologram, using images taken by the NASA rover Curiosity.
Angela Simone and Michael Moore, graduate students in nuclear engineering, traveled to the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Villingen, Switzerland, in August. They are working on development of a glass, scintillator-based, ultra-high resolution neutron detector for beam lines. Both work with Associate Profesor and UCOR Fellow Jason Hayward in the Rad IDEAS group, which researches Radiation Imaging, DEtectors, Algorithms and Systems. Learn more about the Rad IDEAS group.
Dana Potter, a Master of Fine Arts student in the printmaking program, has been featured in Tennessee Today, as part of Welcome Week 2017. Dana, who is a recipient of the Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellence, speaks about her work and her aspirations, exemplifying the extraordinary caliber of graduate student drawn to UT graduate programs. Read her story and watch the video on Tennessee Today.
Amber MacDonald grew up playing sports and thought she wanted to be a personal trainer. But her father’s terminal cancer diagnosis when she was 15 changed the course of her life forever. Read more about MacDonald, who is receiving her master’s degree in cellular molecular nutrition this week.
Kristen Wyckoff, a doctoral student in civil and environmental engineering, is the first recipient of the Susan E. Stutz-McDonald Scholarship, created in honor of an engineering alumna. Wyckoff was also one of our 2017 Three Minute Thesis finalists. Read more about Wyckoff and Stutz-McDonald, who succumbed to Hodgkins lymphoma in 2005.
As a poet and military veteran, MFA candidate Jeb Herrin draws on his five years as a medic serving in Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. Read more about Herrin, who will participate in the graduate hooding ceremony on Thursday.
Eric Moore, who graduates next week with a doctorate in special education, says, “How we teach is as important, if not more important, than what we teach.” Read more about how his experience with hearing loss and serving as a teacher’s aide for children with visual impairments and intellectual disabilities called him to teaching.
Joel Runnells, a doctoral student in the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program in the department of Theory and Practice in Education, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for the 2017-2018 academic year. Runnells, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, will be going to Ghana to collaborate with the University of Ghana and the Ghana National Association of the Deaf to research the historical foundations of deaf education in Africa through the story of Andrew Foster. Foster, a deaf African American from Alabama went to Africa in 1957 and stayed 30 years, launching 32 schools for the deaf across 13 nations. Runnels will be interviewing some of Foster’s students to preserve their stories. “Because most of Foster’s students are at the end of their lives, these stories would otherwise be lost,” he said.
The recipient of the April Wellness Warrior Award, Whitney Rumsey, is dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle and encouraging those around her to do the same. Whitney is a graduate student in the Masters of Public Health Program and the Graduate Assistant for Fitness with RecSports. The Wellness Warrior Award is given to individuals across campus who are nominated by their peers for leading by example and inspiring through action to create a healthier lifestyle. Read more about Whitney and her motivating model of health and wellness.