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A&S in the News

This section of Dialogue features external media coverage faculty, staff, and students in our college received. Links are sourced from UT System News Roundup. If you have a news item, please email Amanda Womac.

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Department News & Noteworthy Achievements

This section of Dialogue features internal news and noteworthy achievements by faculty, staff, and students in our college, as well as other department news. If you have a news item, please email Amanda Womac.


The American Physiological Society (APS) featured a paper by Helen Baghdoyan, Beaman Professor in the Department of Psychology, and colleagues originally published in the Journal of Neurophysiology. The APS acknowledged all the authors for distinction in scholarship in the Journal of Neurophysiology for their article and showcased the article in their July collection. Read More.

Kurt Butefish

Kurt Butefish, executive director of the Tennessee Geographic Alliance, received the Outstanding Support for Geography Education award from the National Council for Geographic Education in recognition of his decades-long contributions to supporting geography education and geography educators within the state of Tennessee and across the US. He will formally accept the award in December. Read More.

John Larese

John Larese, professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been named a 2020 American Chemical Society Fellow. The primary purpose of the ACS Fellows Program is to recognize and honor members of the American Chemical Society for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to the science and the profession and for their equally exemplary service to the Society. Read More.

Linh Mac, a graduate student in the Department of Philosophy, received the North American Society for Social Philosophy (NASSP) Graduate Student Award for her essay “The Epistemology of #BelieveWomen.” Read More.

Solange Muñoz

Solange Muñoz, assistant professor of geography, received the 2020 Higher Education Distinguished Teaching Award from the National Council for Geographic Education. She will be recognized formally by the NCGE community at an awards ceremony at their annual conference in December 2020. Read More.

In Memory

Paul Bergeron

Paul Bergeron, professor emeritus in the Department of History, passed away July 4, 2020. He was a highly-regarded specialist in Tennessee history, and a generous mentor to many of the department’s graduate students and younger faculty. In addition to his own books, Professor Bergeron worked on two important Presidential Papers projects, the James Polk Papers and the Andrew Johnson Papers. Read More.

Ward Plummer

Ward Plummer—the inspirational and always colorful physicist who came to UT from Penn as part of the Distinguished Scientist Program—passed away July 23 at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He held a joint appointment at UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1992 until 2009 as a Distinguished Professor at the university and a Distinguished Scientist at the national laboratory. Read More.