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VOL. 44 | NO. 43 | Friday, October 23, 2020

Bonner Prize for Nuclear Physics to UT’s Greene

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Geoffrey L. Greene, a professor at the University of Tennessee, has been awarded the 2021 Tom Bonner Prize for Nuclear Physics from the American Physical Society.

Greene holds a joint appointment with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The award lauds Greene “for foundational work establishing the field of fundamental neutron physics in the U.S., for developing experimental techniques for in-beam measurements of the neutron lifetime and other experiments and for realizing a facility for the next generation of fundamental neutron physics measurements.”

Affiliated with ORNL since 2002, Greene was the project manager for the construction of the Fundamental Neutron Physics Beamline at the Spallation Neutron Source, or SNS, and has since served as its scientific director. The SNS is a DOE Office of Science User Facility at ORNL that provides the world’s most intense pulsed neutron beams for scientific research and industrial development. The Fundamental Neutron Physics Beamline uses these neutrons to study fundamental interactions between elementary particles and test symmetries of the universe such as parity and time reversal symmetry. Parity is the idea that the laws of physics would be the same if left and right were reversed; time reversal symmetry explores if the laws of physics would be the same if “time ran backwards.”

Greene earned a degree from Swarthmore College in 1971 and his doctorate from Harvard University in 1977. As a graduate student, he became acquainted with low-energy “cold” neutrons, which led to a career-long interest in using them to study fundamental questions in physics. This interest led him to positions as a postdoctoral fellow at the Rutherford Laboratory in the United Kingdom, visiting scholar at the Institut Laue-Langevin in France and assistant professor at Yale University.

As a professor at UT Knoxville, Greene has taught a variety of elementary and advanced physics courses. In 2011, the Society of Physics Students presented him with its Teacher of the Year Award. In 2016, he was awarded the Alexander Prize, which is given each year to a UT faculty member who is “an exceptional undergraduate teacher whose scholarship is also distinguished.”

Wirth to step down as dean of UT college

Mike Wirth, dean of the University of Tennessee’s College of Communication and Information, will return to teaching at the end of the current academic year, leaving his position as dean.

Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor John Zomchick will consult with faculty in the college to plan the search for a new dean in the coming weeks.

Wirth, who was dean for 14 years, is an internationally known expert in the field of cable telecommunication and broadcast economics, and his career includes many accomplishments and accolades. He is a current member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication.

As a co-editor of the Handbook of Media Management and Economics, he received the 2006 Robert Picard Award for the most significant contribution to the field of media management and economics. Under his leadership, the college received UT’s inaugural Dr. Marva L. Rudolph Diversity and Interculturalism Unit Excellence Award in 2014.

His many accomplishments in the past 14 years include working with donors and alumni to double the college’s endowment by raising more than $33 million to support research, scholarships, experiential learning and facilities upgrades. During his time as dean, CCI established an internationalization and outreach program, making it a campus leader in study abroad opportunities, and an award-winning diversity and inclusion program. It also increased its sponsored research through its Center for Information and Communication Studies, with grants from such entities as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

SmartBank promoted Green to administrator

SmartBank has promoted Stephanie Bean to regional branch administrator for upper East Tennessee.

She will oversee and manage branch operations in Sevier, Knox and Blount counties.

“We’re always pleased when we can provide talented employees the opportunity to grow within our organization,” says Mike Honeycutt, SmartBank’s Northeast Tennessee regional president. “Stephanie has been a great leader at our Pigeon Forge Branch and has a history of providing great client service and being an invaluable asset to the SmartBank team. We’re excited to expand the scope of her responsibilities in this new role.”

Bean has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry and has been with SmartBank for the past four years, serving as the senior branch sales manager in Pigeon Forge.

Bean is a 2004 graduate of the Consumer School of Lending and a 2013 graduate of Leadership Tomorrow. She serves on the board of Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, Great Smoky Mountain Dance Theatre and Pigeon Forge Hospitality and Tourism Association.

Trust Company welcomes Linck as senior VP

The Trust Company of Tennessee has hired Sheryl Linck as a senior vice president and relationship manager in the firm’s Knoxville office.

A native of Pittsburgh, Linck attended Duquesne University and earned both a bachelor’s degree in business administration and MBA. She has nearly three decades of financial experience and most recently served as a managing director at BNY Mellon Wealth Management and Mellon Capital Management. Linck has completed a certificate program in negotiation from Harvard Law School and is a Certified Exit Planning Advisor.

Based in Knoxville, The Trust Company of Tennessee is a state-chartered bank with more than $3.5 billion under management. The company helps individuals, families, business owners and charities make better decisions with money through wealth management, corporate retirement and personal trust services.

“Sheryl is particularly qualified in personal and financial planning to help business owners and their families make the transition through exit planning,” says Daniel Carter, president of the company. “Her background, depth of experience and energy make her a great fit for both our team and our clients, and I welcome Sheryl to the team.”

“Helping business owners and their families forge a sound path to a successful transition to their next big thing is critically important,” Linck says. “Since picking investments with my uncle in middle school, I’ve been hooked on the financial markets and a student of the industry.’’

Gastrointestinal Associates adds physician Meyers

Kevin Patrick Meyers, M.D., has joined Gastrointestinal Associates.

He is board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Meyers earned a degree in immunology and biology from Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania, in 2003 and a doctor of medicine from University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2007. He completed his residency and fellowship at Medical University of South Carolina in 2014.

“Dr. Meyers’s expertise, especially in endoscopic treatment, is a great fit for the GIA team,” says Jeff Dew, CEO of Gastrointestinal Associates. “We welcome Dr. Meyers to our community and our team and know he is dedicated to delivering high-quality care.”

His medical interests include pancreaticobiliary diseases and endoscopic treatment of GI bleeding. Before joining Gastrointestinal Associates, he worked in therapeutic endoscopy at Austin Gastroenterology in Texas.

Schmitz named ASPE Fellow

Tony Schmitz has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Society for Precision Engineering.

He is joint faculty researcher in machining and machine tools at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and mechanical, aerospace and biomedical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee. Schmitz earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida.

Schmitz is being recognized for his contributions to the advancement of the art and practice of precision engineering by conducting significant original research, innovations, education and outreach and overall service to the precision engineering profession.

Schmitz joined ORNL in 2019 to support manufacturing research efforts in machining dynamics. He advises students, fellow researchers and industry at the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL, where research is underway to advance the nation’s machine tool and machining industry.

At UT, Schmitz founded the Machine Tool Research Center where he focuses on helping student engineers improve component production accuracy, which is a critical need for private and defense sectors.

In addition to his work with ORNL and UT, Schmitz is a 2011 Sports Emmy Award winner for his scientific contributions to the Science of NFL Football video series for NBC. He has held faculty positions with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Florida.

Maryville College honors distinguished alum

William Henderson Franklin, a member of the Class of 1880 and Maryville College’s first African American graduate, was selected for the inaugural class of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association’s Hall of Fame.

Franklin, a writer, educator and preacher, dedicated his life to educating African American children who otherwise had no access to education, founded the Swift Memorial Institute.

“We chose to nominate William H. Franklin because he embodies the motto of Maryville College’s founder, Rev. Isaac Anderson, to ‘do good on the largest possible scale,’” says Suzy Booker, vice president for institutional advancement at Maryville College. “We are proud to call him an alumnus because of his dedication to education and racial equality.”

The Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association created the Hall of Fame to honor the distinguished alumni of its 35 member institutions while highlighting their contributions to our state, nation and world. Civil Rights icon John Lewis and presidential biographer Jon Meacham are also among the honorees in the Class of 2020.

Franklin, a Knoxville native, was one of the top students in Maryville College’s 1880 class, distinguishing himself in writing and oration. Completing a divinity degree in 1883 from Lane Theological Seminary in Ohio, he returned to Tennessee and was ordained by the Union Presbytery, Synod of Tennessee. He began his ministry in Rogersville, where he established a Presbyterian church and founded Swift Memorial Institute.

UT names Magner as Architecture Fellow

Jeremy Magner has been named 2020-2022 Tennessee Architecture Fellow.

He will conduct original research, teach and exhibit and present his work. Now extended to a two-year program, the fellowship broadens design education at the university while recognizing emerging design educators whose work shows extraordinary promise.

Magner is the fifth Tennessee Architecture Fellow. Magner earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Buffalo and a master’s degree from Georgia Tech.

Most recently, Magner was a lecturer in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California, teaching both technology and design classes.

He is the founder of enrms, and independent design practice, and collaborator in Maneuverworks, a design and fabrication workshop in Los Angeles.

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