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MFA Student Amy Lefever Exhibits Work in Three NCECA Exhibitions

Amy Lefever, MFA candidate in Ceramics, had work selected for inclusion in three exhibitions at this year’s annual meet of the National Council For Education in the Ceramics Arts (NCECA) in Portend, Oregon: 10 Years in the Making, The Bison Building; Ashes & Flux, Parish Gallery, Chehalem Cultural Center and most notably, the highly competitive NCECA Student Exhibition, Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art and Craft.

MFA Student Abigail Lucien’s Work Shown at MOMA Exhibition

Abigail Lucien, a UT Knoxville MFA student has been selected for a group exhibition “Past Skin,” at the Museum of Modern Art’s PS1 contemporary exhibition space in Long Island City. The exhibition will run from April 9 – September 10, 2017. Curated by Jocelyn Miller, the “Past Skin” features six artists who take up science historian and cyber-feminist Donna Haraway’s provocation, “Why should our body end at the skin?,” testing the relationship between our bodies and a contemporary world in which we often exist in both virtual and imaginary spaces. Lucien, who spent her childhood living in Haiti and Florida, just completed her MFA this this semester with a concentration in printmaking.

Master’s Candidate Katie McGee Among Winners in Dairy Contest

The Department of Food Science sent a team to the Collegiate Dairy Product Evaluation Contest, held in Madison, Wisconsin on April 12, 2017. One of the members of the UT 2017 Team is Katie Magee, a Master’s candidate in Food Science. She took home four prizes from this contest: 1st in Ice Cream, 2nd in Yogurt, 3rd in Cottage Cheese, and 1st in All Products. Michael Luethke, an undergraduate, received 2nd in Milk and 1st in Cottage Cheese. In the team competitions, the 2017 team received: 1st in All Products, 3rd in Yogurt, 2nd in Milk, 3rd in Cheddar Cheese, 1st in Ice Cream, and 1st in Cottage Cheese. Congratulations to Katie Magee and her team!

African American Trailblazer Award

The African American Trailblazer Award will be presented to Wardell Milan, a graduate of the School of Art at the University of Tennessee, now working in New York City. The Trailblazer Award, sponsored by the Commission for Blacks, recognizes and honors the accomplishments of African Americans affiliated with the University of Tennessee who are trailblazers in their disciplines or within the fields of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. This event will take place on April 25th, and if you would like to attend, please RSVP by Wednesday, April 19th by noon. Download a flyer for more details.

Couldn’t Make the 3MT Finals? Watch it on the Web!

Today’s 3MT® Finals Competition was a great event, and all of the finalists deserve a ton of credit for taking up this challenge. Events like this just remind us all of the high caliber of our graduate and professional students. Congratulations to Rachel Herwick (3rd place), Kim Powell (2nd place), and Vincent Price (1st place)! If you weren’t able to make the event, feel free to watch it on the web at

NE Grad Students Take Spring Break Trip to Princeton

What do Department of Nuclear Engineering graduate students do during their spring break? Jump in a UT van and road trip to New Jersey to see one of country’s biggest fusion experiments! Anurag Maan, Jonah Duran, Seung-Sup Lee, Joe Kelsey, and Shawn Zamperini traveled with Assistant Professor David Donovan to Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory last week. The group toured the NSTX-U fusion experiment (currently down for maintenance) and LTX-Beta, as well as the new Andlinger Center material characterization laboratories at Princeton University. They had a great experience and had “surprisingly little traffic” on the 11-hour drive.

Caroline Black Named Recipient of the 2017 Jimmy and Ileen Cheek Graduate Student Medal of Excellence Award

Caroline Black, a graduate student in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, has been named recipient of the 2017 Jimmy and Ileen Cheek Graduate Student Medal of Excellence award. The award is presented annually to an outstanding student pursuing a PhD who has completed at least four semesters of study. Black is pursuing her PhD in biomedical engineering under the guidance of her advisor, Assistant Professor Caleb Rucker. The award will be presented to Black at the Chancellor’s Honor Banquet on April 11.

MPH Student’s Animal Therapy Research Seeks to Improve Lives of Soldiers

Major Taylor Opel is pursuing a veterinary master’s in public health (MPH) at UT, which is one of the few schools in the country that offers the degree. She is studying how animal interaction can have a “direct influence on human physiology in a way that can positively change their medical care”. She believes that this research can “support the inclusion of animal therapy programs in treating solders for PTSD and other illnesses.” Read more about Maj. Opel and her work in Volunteers Make a Difference.

2017 3MT Semi-Final Competition Results

The 2017 3MT® Semi-Final Competition finished up on Thursday, March 9. This competition, a collaboration between the academic colleges and the Graduate School, brought graduate students from across the campus to present their research to audiences using the basic premise of “3 Minutes, 1 Slide”. As expected, the participants gave an incredible show, exemplifying the incredible caliber of research done by graduate students at UT. Find out who is moving on to the Final Competition on April 7, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. in Hollingsworth Auditorium!

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