Geography PhD Student Laura Smith in Media for Research on Tree Rings
Laura Smith, a PhD student in Geography, has been taking up research on tree rings begun in the 1930s and her research has made it into various media outlets. Florence Hawley started research on tree rings to understand long-term weather patterns in the Norris Basin, while working with the Tennessee Valley Authority. 80 years later, Smith is continuing the work by the trailblazing researcher, using new technologies available to the field. Besides moving the research forward, Smith wants the world to know more about Florence Hawley, her work, and her challenges. Read more about Laura Smith’s work in the Chattanooga Free Press, and hear her as she talks about her research and Florence Hawley in Science Minute.
Graduate Student in Social Work Studies the Use of VR Technology to Help Older Adults with Dementia
Joe Strong combined his frustration with the health insurance industry and a lifelong interest in neurology and is now a PhD candidate in the College of Social Work. The Office of Research and Engagement recently told his story, giving him the opportunity to discuss how he hopes to show the benefits of VR technology to assist older adults with early to moderate dementia.
Law Graduate Aspires to Improve Education for Nigerian Girls
Nigerian-born Chidimma Nwaneri will graduate from the UT College of Law this month. After Nwaneri completes her bar exam in July, she plans to return to Nigeria to begin planting seeds that she hopes will make a difference for other girls who want to pursue their education. Read more about Chidimma Nwaneri at the College of Law.
Graduate from the College of Law Prepares for a Military Career
Chase Moore, a native of Dallas, Georgia, will receive a law degree during spring commencement at noon Friday, May 10, and soon after will join the Navy as a JAG Corps officer. “Service to others is at the core of my upbringing and part of what drew me into the Volunteer family,” Moore said. “I see no more attractive way to use my legal education than to serve our country and the service members who work so hard to support it.” Read more about Chase’s story in Tennessee Today.
First Graduate Assistant for the Adaptive Recreation Program Graduates in May
Nick Giecek graduates in May with a master’s degree in recreation and sport management with a concentration in therapeutic recreation. Giecek, who played ice hockey and lacrosse at Knoxville Catholic High School, wanted to work in sports when he came to UT for his bachelor’s degree in recreation and sport management. But it wasn’t until attending Camp Koinonia as a counselor during his sophomore year that he realized he wanted to make adaptive sports his career. Read more about Giecek future plans and his contributions as the Adaptive Recreation program’s first graduate assistant.
Nominees for Cheek Graduate Student Medal of Excellence Honored at Reception
The nominees for the Jimmy and Ileen Cheek Graduate Student Medal of Excellence were honored at a reception on April 10 at the Frieson Black Cultural Center. On hand to recognize the nominees were Dixie L. Thompson, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, along with Jimmy and Ileen Cheek. Learn more about this award and view images of the event.
Jamie Greig Set to be Featured Speaker at the Spring 2019 Graduate Hooding Ceremony
Jamie Greig, who will be graduating spring 2019 with a PhD in communication and information from the School of Journalism & Electronic Media, will be our featured speaker for the Spring 2019 Graduate Hooding Ceremony. A bio for Greig, who served as both senate chair and vice-president for the Graduate Student Senate, can be found on our featured speakers page, along with previous featured speakers. Join Greig and the Graduate School for the 2019 Graduate Hooding Ceremony on May 9 at 7:30 pm at the Thompson-Boling Arena.
Social Psychology PhD Student Nicholas Coles on Science Minute
Nicholas Coles, a social psychology PhD student at UT, was on Science Minute recently. In this episode, he explains the relationship between smiling more and feeling happier. This is based on work he and his colleagues recently published in a study on whether making facial expressions can lead people to feel the emotions related to those expressions. Listen and read the transcript at Tennessee Today.
Grad Student Selected 2019 American Geographical Society Council Fellow
Jacob Dein, a graduate student studying geography, has received a 2019 American Geographical Society (AGS) Council Fellowship for his research studying the impact of noise pollution in urban spaces. Dein is one of four students from around the country selected for the fellowship and the first UT student to receive the fellowship since its inception in 2014. Read more about Jacob and his work at Tennessee Today.
Graduate Student in Nuclear Physics Spotlighted
Elizabeth Mae Scott, a PhD student in nuclear physics, is the subject of a spotlight at the Office of Research & Engagement. She is learning to push the boundaries of describing the universe as part of a collaborative experiment called Nab at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Read more about Scott at ORE.