UTC faculty from arts and sciences, engineering and computer science, and education and applied professional studies have been recognized in a publication from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health for their participation in an elite program to develop effective models for teacher preservice and inservice programs in math, science, and engineering.
Dr. Tatiana Allen, physics, presented her talk "Amorphous diamond-like carbon films prepared by the DC saddle-field glow-discharge method" at the Solid State Seminar, Vanderbilt University. According to Allen, a partnership between UTC and Vanderbilt University will enable UTC students to use the free electron laser at Vanderbilt University to study the nature of chemical bonds in the carbon matrix and use one of the world's finest research centers through the student research program.
Dr. Deborah Arfken, graduate studies, was appointed chair of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools' audit committee. She has served on the committee for two years. Dr. Arfken was also recently invited to conduct a workshop on "So you want to go to Graduate School?" at the annual graduate school/career fair held at the Marriott.
Ron Buffington, art, participated in a two-person exhibition, "Infrastructure," at Knoxville's A-1 Gallery, in March.
Dr. David W. Carrithers, political science, was the co-organizer in February of two international conferences celebrating the 250th anniversary of the original publication in 1748 of Montesquieu's The Spirit of Laws. The first was held at the University of Tulsa; the second was sponsored by the Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies at UCLA. In Tulsa Dr. Carrithers read a paper entitled "Montesquieu and the Liberal Philosophy of Jurisprudence." At the Los Angeles colloquium he read a paper entitled "Montesquieu and the Spirit of Modern State Finance." In March, Carrithers was invited to participate in a Liberty Fund Colloquium in Williamsburg, Virginia on "Liberty, Citizenship, and the First Congress of the United States." His essay "Mont-esquieu et la philosophie pénale," has recently been published in the inaugural issue of a new French journal entitled the Revue Montesquieu.
Dr. Morris Holder, engineering, recently passed the Professional Engineering (PE) exam administered by the State Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners in Nashville, which had a pass rate of less than 30 percent this year. Passing the PE exam is a requirement for consideration for tenure in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, where over 90 percent of the professors are PEs.
Dr. Nick Honerkamp, sociology/anthropology, has received a contract from TVA to prepare a photographic survey of a one-block parcel of property owned by TVA in downtown Chattanooga. The purpose of the photographic documentation is to provide an overview of the property within its urban landscape for purposes of a national historic preservation review.
Dr. Immaculate Kizza, English, presented a paper, "A Century Apart, Otherwise Close: The Themes and Rhetoric of Frederick Douglass and Ngugi wa Thiong'o" at the African Literature Association's 24th annual conference.
Steven Lewinter, art, was in Israel at Haifa University to participate as a visiting artist and critic and to investigate initiating an exchange in printmaking between faculty and students of UTC and Haifa.
Dr. Anne Lindsey, Southeast Center for Education in Arts, published an article "Before Our Very Eyes," in the Journal of Aesthetic Education, University of Illinois Press. Lindsey also contributed to "Learning in and through art: A guide to discipline-based art education," published by the Getty Education Institute for the Arts, Los Angeles. Her research in discipline-based art education was cited in "Ideas with Philosophic Impact of Art Education, 1930s to 1997," published by the National Art Education Association; and "The Quiet Evolution," and "ArtsEdNet Off-line: Newsletter," published by the Getty Education Institute for the Arts.
Dr. Marcia Noe, English, has been selected to participate in an NEH Summer Institute in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro this summer. The focus of the institute, "Cultural Crossroads of the Atlantic: Brazil at 500," will be the cultural construction of Brazil's Atlantic World from 1500 to the present, and strategies for interpreting Brazil as an Atlantic nation and society. A major component of the institute will be an introduction to field research sites and archives accessible only in Brazil.
Dr. Mary Tanner, dean of education, and Lisa Pemberton, education, have been awarded $94,914 from the Tennessee Department of Education for Title I K-12 school support. These funds will be used to continue the design and strengthening of school-wide programs and improvement of schools in East Tennessee.