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A&S News and Noteworthy, April 2022

Derek Alderman, professor of geography, recently co-authored Remembering Enslavement: Reassembling the Southern Plantation Museum, published by the University of Georgia Press, which is one of the most comprehensive analyses of plantation museums.

Alison Buchan, Carolyn W. Fite Professor and associate head of microbiology, was elected as a 2022 Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology. This is an honor that recognizes service, leadership, and creative achievement in the field of  microbiology. 

Annette Engel, professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, is part of team studying lava tube biodiversity on Hawai’I Island thanks to a four-year, $1.29-million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which was awarded to University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa researchers from the School of Life Sciences to study subterranean biodiversity associated with lava tubes in Hawaiʻi.

UT psychology professors are contributing to a discipline-wide conversation about the role of psychologists in society and public life. Associate Professor Patrick Grzanka recently co-edited a special issue of American Psychologist, the flagship journal of the American Psychological Association (APA). This issue focuses on the concept of public psychology, which aims to use psychology to solve pressing issues.

Lauren Lyon, a PhD candidate from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in collaboration with ETSU researchers, Steven Wallace and Andrew Joyner, published two chapters in the book, Red Panda. Her chapters focus on the conservation of Red Pandas and the reconstruction of Red Panda fossils that were discovered in Tennessee.

The UT Greenhouses received a generous donation from Suzanne Herron and her late husband, Drew Herron. The collection included mostly succulents and cacti plants, some of which are very rare and possess unique traits and modifications.

Jessi Grieser, an associate professor of English linguistics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, published a socio-linguistic book titled, The Black Side of the River.

Louis Gross, Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, co-authored an article, “Determinants of Emissions Pathways in the Coupled Climate-Social System” published in the journal Nature, which investigates whether or not there is a link between humans’ belief in climate change risk and the Earth’s changing climate.

Camille Renshaw, UT English (’94), CEO of B+E Real Estate, is the first brokerage firm to offer an online trading platform for 1031 exchanges and net lease real estate. Learn about her path from literature to real estate.

UT Libraries has acquired the complete personal archive of internationally renowned modernist painter Beauford Delaney (1901–1979). Read more about the Delaney’s personal archives.

Dan Roberts, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology, received the 2022 Disabilities Champion Award from the Student Disabilities Service. Roberts has worked with deaf students for several years. He leads the REU site for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students. It is student-nominated award for faculty or staff “for who work to create and practice a culture of inclusivity.”

A group of School of Music faculty has assembled a collection of beginner repertoire for string instruments featuring Black and Latino/a composers. The published collections, made possible by private and federal grants, will be distributed to schools and educators free of charge. Learn more about their award of $32,000 in grants for diversifying string music curriculum.

Vitaly Ganusov, associate professor of microbiology, published a paper in the Journal of Immunology, which was selected as the March edition cover and a recommended top read by the editors.