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Grad with Hearing Loss Seeks to Improve Education for Students with Disabilities

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Graduate Research Position for the Faculty Senate Open for Applications

The UT Faculty Senate is seeking to fill a Graduate Research Assistantship to support the research, scholarship, and creative activities of the Faculty Senate President as qualified, assist the Faculty Senate President with research efforts related to the Faculty Senate as well as provide administrative assistance to the Faculty Senate. Interested applicants should submit a letter of intent summarizing his or her qualifications, a resume, and a writing sample to Faculty Senate President-Elect Beauvais Lyons (blyons@utk.edu). Applications will be accepted through Monday, May 22, 2017 or until the position is filled. Find out more about the position.

Graduate Student in TPTE Awarded a Fulbright for 2017-2018

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.

Runnells is one of eight UT students to be offered an award for 2017-2018. Andrew Seidler, director of UT’s Office of National Scholarship and Fellowships, said this was a record-setting year for UT in the Fulbright Student Program, with the largest number of awards offered and semi-finalists (18) in UT history.

Fulbright Grants Webinar on Wednesday, May 10

Graduating students at the University of Tennessee, or recent PhD graduates, are invited to register and attend the Fulbright Grants for Postdoctoral and Early Career Candidates webinar on Wednesday, May 10, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information about the Fulbright program and available awards, visit the Graduate School’s External Funding Sources page or visit the Fulbright Scholar Program website.

Whitney Rumsey Receives the April Wellness Warrior Award

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.

UT Post-Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships Campus Pre-Application Info Session

The UT Post-Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships Campus Pre-Application is live. By May 8th, UT students—undergrads, recent grads, and grad students—interested in applying in 2017 for the Fulbright, UK & Ireland Scholarships (Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates Cambridge), Schwarzman, and/or new Knight-Hennessy program must first complete the brief online pre-application found here at ONSF: http://onsf.utk.edu/preapplication/. In order to help students complete the pre-application and learn more about these prestigious awards and the processes for applying, the Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships (ONSF) is hosting an info/help sessions at 5pm April 27 in Greve 330. Full details can be found here: http://onsf.utk.edu/programming-overview/news-events/ In addition, students seeking appointments to discuss their application plans should e-mail onsf@utk.edu. ONSF also welcomes referrals from faculty/staff using the online form or via email.

Penultimate Session of the RCR Coming Up

Update: This session has been canceled at the request of the facilitator. The fifth session of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Lunch and Learn Series is entitled “National Dialogue on Data Repositories and Data Curation” and will be held on May 10 from noon until 1:00 p.m. in A004 Blount Hall. As always, this series is sponsored by the Office of Research and Engagement, in collaboration with the UT Libraries and the Graduate School. Find out more about the series and register with ORE.

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.

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