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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.

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.


Aaron Buss received a national research grant funded by the New Schools Venture Fund with Richard Prather from the University of Maryland titled “Accurate, precise and useful models of the state learner.” Read More


Nina Fefferman, professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, shared some of her research related to COVID-19 at the UT Office of Research and Engagement’s SPARKS event. As a result, she created two new collaborations related to the virus, and one is already working on its first publication. Read More

Alisa Garner, a clinical psychology doctoral student who works with Greg Stuart, received a prestigious national three-year F31 National Research Service Award (NRSA) from NIAAA of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support her dissertation research. Read More


Geoff Greene, professor of physics, is among the scientists looking to solve the mystery of how long a neutron lives. He explained its importance in a recent US Department of Energy feature, “The Mystery of the Neutron Life.” Read More


Erin Hardin and her Co-PI Melinda Gibbons received a research grant from the Department of Health and Human Services at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) titled “Imagining Possibilities in Post-Secondary Education and STEMM in Rural Appalachia.” Read More


Terry Hazen, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology, is one of 16 honored by the 2021 American Society for Microbiology (ASM), which recently announced recipients of awards in research, education, and leadership. Read More


Tian Hong, assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology, received a grant from the Joint Division of Mathematical Sciences/National Institute of General Medical Sciences, which supports research at the interface of the biological and mathematical sciences. Read More


Todd Reynolds, associate professor of microbiology, and Elias Fernandes, associate professor of biochemistry, cellular, and molecular biology, received one of the first Office of Research and Engagement seed funding grants in 2018, which helped them win a $2.5 million NIH award. Read More


Hanno Weitering, professor and head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and colleagues devised a novel superconductor from the ground up. This system is the first example of modifying a conventional semiconductor and creating a superconductor. Read More


Reagan Yessler, a graduate student in the Department of Geography, is using counter-mapping, an emerging research concept in cultural geography, to reclaim the cartographic process to be used for social justice by revealing the realities and knowledge of oppressed groups in society. Read More