Dr. Tatiana Allen, physics, has been appointed as the alternate to represent the discipline of physics for the American Association of University Women's Panel of American Fellowships. Dr. Allen was selected from a very large pool of applicants. Panel members and alternates assist the AAUW Education Foundation in reviewing and assessing fellowship applications and in other capacities.


Eleven faculty and students from UTC's department of biology an environmental sciences recently attended the annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists at Northeastern Louisiana University in Monroe, La. The group presented the following papers: Jennifer Backer, graduate student, and Mark Schorr, UC Foundation Assistant Professor, presented "Abundance and structure of centarchid assemblages in backwater and main channel border habitats of Nickajack Reservoir;"

Mark Schorr and Tiffany Watts, undergraduate student, presented "Impacts of coal mine drainage on water quality and aquatic salamanders in a Cumberland Plateau stream."

Evan Crews, graduate student, and Mark Schorr, presented "Potential of constructed wetlands to improve quality of acid mine drainage in the North Chickamauga Creek Watershed;"

Paul Freeman, graduate student, Charles Nelson, professor and department head, and Mark Schorr, presented "Comparative study of benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages in acid-polluted and reference streams in the North Chickamauga Creek System;"

Jeannie Long, graduate student, and Mark Schorr, presented "Effects of acid drainage from coal mines on stream water quality and fish assemblages in the North Chickamauga Creek system."


Dr. Greg Grant, chemistry, presented a seminar to the department of chemistry at Mississippi State University. The seminar was titled: "Platinum Group Metal Complexes of Crown Thioethers and Mixed Oxa-thia Ligands." Grant also had a recent paper published in the international chemistry journal Heteroatom Chemistry titled "Syntheses and Structural Studies of Hydropholic Mesocuclic Trithioethers."
Dr. Nick Honerkamp, sociology, anthropology, and geology, has received a contract to provide a synopsis of the historic use of a parcel of land owned by TVA in downtown Chattanooga. Because of its location in the downtown area, the land has the potential to contain significant historic resources dating to the 19th century (including Civil War structures and industrial and commercial features clustered around a nearby railyard site). Dr. Honerkamp and the Jeffrey L. Brown Institute of Archaeology will produce a documentary overview of the historic resources of the project area and advise TVA on the feasibility of engaging in fieldwork at this site.
Dr. Oralia Preble-Niemi, foreign languages, read a paper, "El Eros redentor en Fuego sobre el madero de Dina Posada," at the Congreso Internacional de Literatura Centro Americana, held in Panama City, Panama, in March. She also read a paper, "O Assalto as Theatre of Cruelty," in the Luso-Galician-Brazilian Literature session, at the Northeast Modern Language Association meetings held in Baltimore in April.
Dr. Verbie Prevost, English, has been selected by the Public Education Foundation to lead a seminar for local school teachers on The Civil War: Integrating the Arts and History. Dr. Prevost's proposal makes a persuasive case for studying the Civil War through the viewpoint of the arts (painting, music, literature, and film) in order to develop deeper insights regarding the truth of this critical event.
Margaret Trimpey, nursing, and Susan Davidson, nursing, recently published an article entitled, "Nursing Care of Personality Disorders in the Medical Surgical Setting," in Nursing Clinics of North America, a quarterly refereed journal.
The Office of University Relations received two awards from the Tennessee College Public Relations Association, during its annual meeting in Nashville last month.

The office won the statewide Gold Award (first place) in the media success story category (large institution division), for the effort to introduce and gain coverage for the introduction of the new athletics mascot and logo materials.

A Bronze Award (third place) went to UTC for large-institution advertising campaigns for last summer's "Keep Moving" effort.

The TCPRA seeks to improve the professional practice of public relations and related functions in all facets of higher education. Its members include individuals from both public and private institutions.


Ling-Jun Wang, UTC physics professor, and Bryan Jennette, UTC physics student, have been accepted to a 10-week summer research program at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. Only 50 faculty researchers and seven students are selected from universities across the nation to participate in the program. The group researches various projects in the NASA laboratories. Bryan will be working with Professor Wang on low temperature photoluminesence on II-VI semiconductors.

Richard Brown, vice chancellor of administrative services, has received a $100,000 grant from the City of Chattanooga to fund a feasibility study and initial architectural and engineering services for a community outreach center in the Martin Luther King Boulevard community. The center will offer opportunities for interested UTC faculty and staff to participate in redevelopment activities of the MLK Boulevard community. The School of Business Administration and the College of Health and Human Services, have already expressed interest in providing crime documentation and prevention services, career training and counseling, business development/ improvement assistance, health clinic services, and early childhood disability services if desired by local residents. Other services from UTC units and from community non-profits may be added as identified in community needs assessments.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $63,390 grant to nursing professor Dr. Pam Holder and the School of Nursing to fund professional nurse traineeships. This award will support full-time students in the Master of Science in Nursing program while preparing them for advanced adult health practice as clinical specialists, educators, and family nurse practitioners. The grant will enable the program to recruit, train, and graduate professional nurses who will be prepared to serve in underserved areas of Tennessee and the surrounding Southern states.
Dr. Kyle Knight, chemistry, has been awarded a $21,000 grant in support of his research entitled "stereoselective molybdenum-catalyzed oxidation of trivalent phosphorus." The Research Corporation recognizes the role played by predominantly undergraduate colleges and universities in developing new scientists. The Corporation's awards, which are judged by extensive peer review, support high quality research and development opportunities for faculty and undergraduate students. Dr. Knight's grant will fund his summer research as well as the work of two student research assistants. Dr. Knight's research is very important to UTC &emdash; not only because it was judged meritorius by his peers in the discipline, but also because it enriches the undergraduate experience of students by involving them in high quality research.
Booker Scruggs, director, Upward Bound, has been awarded $233,000 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue UTC's Upward Bound program. This program provides funding to identify low-income, potential first-generation college students and supports them in completing their high school education and entering postsecondary education. Scruggs and his staff have an impressive record of working with local students to prepare them for success in college. Each year they assist approximately 80 students from Brainerd, Howard, and Phoenix high schools. In last year's program, 87 percent of the graduating seniors entered a college or university, and 85 percent scored 18 or higher on the ACT exam.
Dr. Mary Tanner, dean, College of Education and Applied Professional Science, has received a $35,516 grant to continue the Each One Reach One program designed and initiated approximately six years ago by the College of Education and Applied Professional Studies. This program provides support for African-American males to become teachers in K-12 education.

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