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VOL. 42 | NO. 34 | Friday, August 24, 2018

AMSE selects Bussinger as museum director

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Julia Bussinger has been named director of the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

She will be responsible for supervising staff and managing the daily operations of the museum.

“We welcome Julia to Oak Ridge and are extremely pleased to have someone of her caliber to oversee the day-to-day operations of the AMSE,” says Ken Tarcza, Manager, Integrated Support Center-Oak Ridge U.S. Department of Energy.

Bussinger holds a degree in chemistry from Sofia University (Bulgaria), a master of philosophy in conservation and a doctoral degree in conservation from Gothenburg University, Sweden.

From 2009- 2015, she managed the Aerospace Museum of California and concurrently served as Museum Director for the City of El Paso Museum of History and Museum of Archaeology. She most recently (January 2017-July 2018) served as the executive director of the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum in Palm Springs, California, where she was the driving force behind the development and construction of the TouchCity 3-D Digital Wall - the first of its kind in the U.S. and the biggest in the world.

“I am extremely passionate about science and museums and I am humbled to use my education in chemistry and conservation for the benefit of the American Museum of Science and Energy,” Bussinger says.

The new AMSE facility renovations, designed by museum professionals and fabricators, began in January 2018 and are expected in time for a fall opening.

Tranzonic picks Rhoades as VP of operations


Brian Rhoades has been hired as vice president of operations for Tranzonic Companies and will work at the national manufacturing and distribution firm’s facility in West Knoxville.

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Tranzonic manufactures and distributes wiping cloths, personal hygiene products, textiles, washroom supplies and accessories, wiping and cleaning supplies and safety products.

The Knoxville facility is the largest manufacturing and distribution site for the company.

“Brian already has made an impact on the company with his innovative ideas regarding operations and employee recruitment and incentives,” says Pat Fitzmaurice, chief financial officer of Tranzonic. “He understands all aspects of manufacturing and plant management and immediately formed positive relationships with staff members. He is forward-thinking and flexible, and we welcome Brian to the Tranzonic team.”

Rhoades has 30 years of experience in plant management and operations, including recently serving for 10 years as vice president of operations in Knoxville for WS Packaging Group, a national company based in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Rhoades earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from the School of Engineering Technology at Purdue University. He also completed fundamentals of finance for the technical executive at the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a diploma in demand flow technology and business strategy from the John Costanza Institute of Technology.

Cardiology Associates hires Yar for Parkwest


Cardiology Associates of East Tennessee welcome Ogei Yar, M.D. to its health care team.

Yar, a board-certified cardiologist in cardiovascular disease, is experienced in general cardiology, interventional cardiology and electrophysiology for the treatment of heart disease.

Her clinical interests are non-invasive general cardiology, cardiometabolic health and advanced cardiac imaging.

Yar attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, did her residency in internal medicine at the University of Alabama, Birmingham and her fellowships at Emory University School of Medicine, Cardiac MRI, Washington Hospital Center and Cardiovascular CTA at The Ohio State University.

Yar will perform procedures at Parkwest Medical Center.

East Tennesseans named TNReady Ambassadors

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen has announced teachers and testing coordinators from East Tennessee who will serve as the inaugural group of TNReady Ambassadors.

This group will serve as thought partners and advisers for the department and its assessment vendors, providing on-the-ground perspective and feedback on the state assessment program for the 2018-19 school year.

Those East Tennesseans chosen are:

Donny Anderson, Blount County Schools, John Luke Bell, Knox County Schools, Aaron Bible, Greeneville City Schools, Terri Bradshaw, Blount County Schools, Tina Childers, Hamilton County Department of Education, Laura Davis, Knox County Schools, Laurie Driver, Knox County Schools, Erin Glenn, Hamilton County Department of Education, Sarah Haynes, Bradley County Schools, Tiffany Hogan, Johnson City Schools, Michael Hubbard, Kingsport City Schools, Adam Moss, Cleveland City Schools, Tracy McAbee, Polk County Schools, Adam Moss, Cleveland City Schools, and Jamie Opperman, Rhea County Schools.

The state education department also recently hired a new executive director of assessment logistics, Denette Kolbe, who will oversee the administration of TNReady at the department. Kolbe is from the Putnam County Schools system and has served 24 years as a teacher, principal, assistant director of schools, and strategic decisions support supervisor.

UT’s Taylor honored with ICA fellowship


Maureen Taylor, the University of Tennessee School of Advertising and Public Relations director, has been named an International Communication Association Fellow

Taylor, a Beaman professor, is the first ICA public relations division member elected to this group and the first ICA Fellow from UT.

“I’m humbled and honored to be named an ICA Fellow,” Taylor says. “Becoming part of this legendary group of communication scholars, provides me with even greater inspiration to contribute, serve and lead.”

Her public relations research has focused on nation building and civil society, dialogue, and the use of websites and new technologies.

In 2010, Taylor was honored with the Pathfinder Award, presented by the Institute for Public Relations in recognition of her “original program of scholarly research that has made a significant contribution to the body of knowledge and practice of public relations.” She is a member of the Arthur S. Page Society and serves as editor of Public Relations Review. Taylor earned her Ph.D. and master’s in communication from Purdue University.

Lewis Group’s Colbaugh earns license


Stacy Flick Colbaugh of Knoxville’s Lewis Group Architects has earned her architectural license.

Colbaugh graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and joined the Lewis Group Architects in 2004.

She serves as an in-house technical specialist and is involved with projects throughout all phases from programming to construction administration.

She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is also an award-winning newsletter editor for the Knoxville Chapter of Construction Specifications Institute.

Fairbrother awarded SEC academic honor


Jeffrey T. Fairbrother has been awarded the 2018-2019 Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program Alumni Fellowship.

Fairbrother is a Ph.D. in the University of Tennessee’s College of Education, Health and Human Sciences and associate dean of academic and faculty affairs.

Fairbrother was one of two SEC ALDP alumni from all SEC schools to receive the award this year.

The aim of the fellowship is to provide opportunities at other SEC universities that allow recipients to strengthen their professional experience and deepen their knowledge in a specific area of administrative leadership.

Staudenmaier joins Concord Medical


Lori Staudenmaier, D.O., is now practicing at Concord Medical Center, a Summit Medical Group located in Farragut.

She currently is accepting new patients.

Staudenmaier is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Previously, Staudenmaier served as a physician with UT Family Physicians in LaFollette.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology from the University of Tennessee in 2007, she earned her medical degree from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2012.

While completing her residency at the UT Medical Center, Staudenmaier was honored in 2015 with the Joseph B. Moon award for outstanding promise in family medicine.

Concord Medical Center is located at 10215 Kingston Pike, Suite 100, in Knoxville.

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