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VOL. 42 | NO. 33 | Friday, August 17, 2018

ORNL’s Jeskie, Kidder become ACS fellows

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Kimberly Jeskie and Michelle Kidder of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been named 2018 American Chemical Society fellows.

ACS is a professional organization focused on the advancement of chemistry enterprise and the improvement of life through chemistry.

Jeskie and Kidder were two of 51 people named as 2018 ACS fellows.


Jeskie, ORNL Integrated Operations Support division director, was cited for significant contributions to developing and promoting the principles of safety culture and of hazard analysis for research activities. She was also recognized for past service as chair to the Division of Chemical Health and Safety and the Committee on Chemical Safety.

Kidder, a member of the ORNL physical organic chemistry research staff, was cited for leading innovative contributions to advance material design and methods for the thermochemical and catalytic conversions of renewable energy resources.

Oak Ridge teachers have new assignments

Oak Ridge Schools have announced new staff members for the upcoming school year.

In administration:

-- Kirk Renegar is the new principal at Robertsville Middle. He has experience in both Tennessee and Virginia schools. He is a graduate of Brevard College and holds a master’s and Ed.S. in administration and supervision and an Ed.D. in education leadership.

In the special education department:

-- Nisha Kala is teaching at Jefferson Middle. Her undergraduate work is from Middlesex University, London. She has been a K-12 teacher for six years and has been a principal for three.

-- Melissa McMurry is a preschool teacher. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and has worked in Tennessee for eight years in elementary and preschool special ed.

-- Teresa Schuster is a preschool teacher with a degree in human growth and learning from Tusculum College and a master’s from Arkansas State in special ed instruction for preschool-4th grade.

-- Catherine Venable is teaching at Robertson Middle. She holds a degree from UT in speech pathology and her master’s, also from UT, in special ed.

In the pupil services department:

-- Shayla Sanderson works in coordinated school health as a coordinator. She has a degree in kinesiology and a master’s in secondary ed, both from UT.

Linden Elementary:

-- Joy Fryman is an elementary teacher with a UT degree in Hispanic studies and a master’s, also from UT, in elementary education and math.

Willow Brook Elementary:

-- Jessica Martin is an elementary teacher. She is a graduate of Lincoln Memorial University, and her master’s is from Tusculum College.

Woodland Elementary:

-- Anna Clark is an art teacher. She has a degree from UT in studio art and a master’s, also from UT, in teacher education.

-- Clark Ward is an elementary school teacher. He is a graduate of UT with a degree in psychology and a master’s in elementary education.

FamilyCare Specialists welcome new physician


Tamara Davis, M.D., a board-certified family medicine physician, is joining FamilyCare Specialists in Knoxville.

She brings more than 12 years of experience in family and geriatric medicine to the practice.

Her clinical interests include compassionate, quality care from pediatric to geriatric patients.

Davis attended the Medical College of Virginia, did her residency in family medicine at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and her fellowship in geriatric medicine, also at UT Medical.

FamilyCare Specialists is at 1300 Old Weisgarber Road in Knoxville.

Students receive Gilman travel scholarships

Three University of Tennessee students have received scholarships to study aboard in the fall.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program supports American undergraduate students of limited financial means in studying or interning abroad.

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward international study or internship program costs with additional funding available for the study of a crucial language overseas.

The UT recipients are:

-- Hannah Alkulaghsi of Knoxville, a senior majoring in anthropology and minoring in Arab studies who will be studying in Morocco


-- Brooke Ballard of Cookeville, a senior majoring in chemical engineering and minoring in Hispanic studies who will be studying in Chile

-- Sonnida No of Chattanooga, a sophomore in interdisciplinary programs who will be studying in China

“This scholarship is very important, especially at UT, given how many of our students are Pell-grant eligible,” says Karen Richters, Gilman advisor at UT.

Rosinski honored by Kosciuszko Foundation


The Kosciuszko Foundation selected the University of Tennessee’s Jan Rosinski as an Eminent Scientist of Polish Origin and Ancestry in 2018.

Fewer than 400 scientists, 21 of whom are mathematicians, have received this prestigious honor.

Rosinski is a professor in the Department of Mathematics.

“Naturally, I was very proud and honored to be included in this list,” Rosinski says. “Together with a letter and diploma, I received an invitation to the annual dinner and ball in New York City, celebrating Poland’s 100th Anniversary of Independence. My wife Wanda and I attended and met many accomplished and interesting people of Polish descent living in various parts of the United States and associated with the Foundation.”

The Foundation promotes closer ties between Poland and the United States through educational, scientific and cultural exchanges. It awards up to $1 million annually in fellowships and grants to graduate students, scholars, scientists, professionals and artists, and promotes Polish culture in America.

Rosinski joined the UT math faculty in 1985. He received his master’s and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wroclaw in Poland.

Farris Joins Tennova’s team in Jefferson City


Tennova Healthcare recently welcomed Allison R. Farris, M.D., general surgeon, to Tennova Jefferson.

She is accepting new patients at her office at 120 Hospital Drive, Suite G-20, Jefferson City.

Farris is experienced in a wide range of general surgery procedures and techniques. She specializes in minimally invasive procedures, including laparoscopy, endoscopy, colonoscopy and thoracoscopy, as well as laparotomy procedures. She has a special interest in hernia, gallbladder, appendix, colon, reflux, breast disease and trauma surgeries and performs surgery exclusively at Jefferson Memorial.

She earned her medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown, West Virginia. Farris also completed a surgical residency at the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia.

“A major focus of my training and experience is in the area of minimally invasive surgery, including endoscopy and laparoscopy,” Farris says. “Using specialized instruments and a miniature video camera, I am able to see inside the body and perform a variety of procedures, such as gallbladder removal and hernia repair. I also have a special interest in breast surgery for both benign and malignant diseases.”

Maryville College names two campus directors


Maryville College has made two staff appointments, naming Reggie Dailey director of the physical plant and John McMurtrie director of safety and security.

Dailey, former assistant director of the physical plant for mechanical trades, replaces Andy McCall, who served as physical plant director for 30 years before retiring.

Dailey manages the college’s physical department, which includes housekeeping, custodial services, mechanical trades and grounds, and he is responsible for overseeing the operation and upkeep of the physical resources of the campus: maintaining the buildings and grounds in a safe, clean and functional condition; responding to emergency equipment failure calls; keeping the grounds and sports fields in excellent condition; keeping the campus safe and secure for all the campus community and visitors to campus; purchasing and controlling of energy on campus; and managing construction and remodeling projects and deferred maintenance.

Dailey holds a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from North Carolina State University and joined the Maryville College staff in January 2015 as assistant director of the physical plant for mechanical trades.


McMurtrie is a former special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

He is responsible for providing a safe and secure living-learning environment on the campus. His responsibilities include: striving to reduce and remove the opportunity for crime on campus; educating the campus community regarding safety issues; protecting life and property; coordinating safety- and security-related initiatives across campus; enhancing relationships with the campus and surrounding community; and collaborating with multiple functional units on and off campus.

A law enforcement professional with over 35 years of experience, McMurtrie was a Pennsylvania state trooper for seven years and a special agent with the FBI for 29 years.

McMurtrie earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

He received the U.S. Department of Justice Award for Public Service in 1991 and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the U.S. Attorney Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement in 2010.

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