UC Foundation Associate Communication Professor Betsy Alderman, and Stephynie Chapman, communication instructor, presented their paper, "Free newspapers: Their effect on students' use of the media and current events knowledge," at the Southeast Regional Research Colloquiem of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in New Orleans. Kit Rushing, department head, was also an author on the research.

Dr. Tatiana Allen, physics, presented her research "Amorphous diamond-like carbon films prepared by saddle-field glow-discharge method: doping with boron and phosphorus" at the fall 1997 Material Research Society Meeting, in Boston. A paper on the same subject will be published in Material Research Society Series in Material Science: Covalently bonded disordered thin-film materials. Edited by M.P. Siegal, J.E. Jaskie, W. Milne, D. McKenzie, 1998.

UTC's Division of Continuing Education, the Chattanooga Regional Council of Governments, the Southeast Development District, and the Southeast Tennessee Private Industry Council's proposal "Leading Through Technology" was funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission to establish the first ever Southeastern Regional Leadership Program. The program will target leaders from Bledsoe, Bradley, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, McMinn, Marion, Meigs, Polk, and Rhea counties.

The Freeman Foundation, in conjunction with St. Louis' Consolidated School Districts International Consortium hosted Lucien Ellington, of the Teacher Prep Academy, for a series of Japan/Asia presentations in February. Ellington led two teacher workshops on Japan, taught a comparative education class at Washington University, and spoke to faculty groups at Washington and Webster Universities.

Dr. Marilyn Helms, business, was recently selected to review grant proposals and advise the U.S. Department of Education regarding which colleges and universities in the country should be designated as Centers for International Business Education. Centers for International Business Education promote linkages between institutions of higher education and American businesses engaged in international economic activity. Dr. Helms' selection to serve on this advisory panel reflects high regard for her expertise in international business education.

Chemistry professors Dr. Tom Rybolt, Dr. Rob Mebane, and Dr. Mark Bryant, individually wrote a total of 11 articles recently published in the Encyclopedia of Earth and Physical Sciences. The articles covered topics such as physical chemistry, acids and bases, salt, analytical chemistry and others. Dr. Rybolt also recently published two papers in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. The article, "Correlations of Adsorption Energies with Physical and Structural Properties of Adsorbate Molecules" was written with former UTC engineering student Robert Meeks. Dr. Rybolt's article "Two-Surface Virial Analysis of Alkane Adsorption on Carbopack C with and without Hydrogen Treatment," was written with former UTC chemistry student Crystal Bruce and Dr. Howard Thomas, Tara Agnew, and Brandon Davis from Erskine College.

Dr. Ken Carson, psychology, was awarded a $4,000 grant from the Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute. The grant will be used to support a graduate student who, under the supervision of Dr. Lynn Ourth, will assist in multidisciplinary team development and performance evaluation services for the Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute.

Dr. Pat Kopetz of the College Access Program has received a $10,000 grant renewal from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. These funds will be used to continue providing vocational rehabilitation services for veterans who are enrolled at UTC.

Bob Wynegar, mathematics, was awarded $100,000 by the Tennessee Department of Education for a Goals 2000 program. UTC will partner with Hamilton County Schools to provide technological resources necessary for students to develop crucial mathematical and scientific investigative skills.

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