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VOL. 45 | NO. 44 | Friday, October 29, 2021

KBA announces Foundation Fellows

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The Knoxville Bar Association has recognized the 2021 Fellows of the Knoxville Bar Foundation.

The Fellows were selected from an outstanding list of nominees received from the members of the Foundation. This list was narrowed by vote of the board of directors due to the limited number of Fellows that may be chosen for each class. The reputation that each new Fellow holds in our legal community reveals that the Class of 2021 exemplifies the highest of ethical and professional standards and consists of individuals who continue to have a positive impact upon our profession.

The Knoxville Bar Foundation provides a means for grants to be made to support important programs and projects of our community. The funding for the grants comes primarily from the Fellows of the Foundation.

The 2021 Fellows are:

Penny A. Arning, Maha M. Ayesh, Joshua M. Ball, Betsy J. Beck, James E. Bondurant, Jr., R. Kim Burnette, James M. Cornelius, Jr., Scott Griswold, Joshua D. Hedrick, Hillary B. Jones, Greg D. Meadows and the Hon. E. Jerome Melson.

TICUA’s 2nd Hall of Fame class named

The Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association has announced its second class of Hall of Fame inductees, led by Maryville College’s Mary Wilson McTeer, an 1875 graduate who was the first female to earn a bachelor’s degree from a Tennessee college or university.

TICUA and its member institutions selected the alumni.

The 2021 class of inductees includes civil rights and women’s rights activists; veterans; civic and faith leaders; news, entertainment and business professionals; and passionate philanthropic and humanitarian leaders, all hailing from Tennessee private nonprofit institutions.

McTeer died in 1898 at the age of 45 but accomplished much in her life as a church volunteer, supporter of foreign missionaries and leader in the women’s suffrage movement. She was the older sister of Samuel Tyndale Wilson, an 1878 MC graduate who would go on to lead the College as president from 1901 until 1930.

In addition to McTeer, the TICUA Hall of Fame Class of 2021 are:

Dr. C.T. Vivian – American Baptist College

Steve Bachus – Aquinas College

Denese Shumaker – Baptist Health Sciences University

Harry Allen – Belmont University

Dr. Ken Hanna – Bryan College

Ted Russell – Carson-Newman University

Joe Birch – Christian Brothers University

Howell Edmunds Jackson – Cumberland University

Yolande Cornelia “Nikki” Giovanni – Fisk University

John DeBerry – Freed-Hardeman University

Dr. Martha Raile Alligood – Johnson University

Dr. Catherine Peeke – King University

Donald Hollowell – Lane College

Eugene Ward – Lincoln Memorial University

Pat Boone – Lipscomb University

Dr. Cherae Farmer-Dixon – Meharry Medical College

Nathaniel Owens – Sewanee: The University of the South

Terry Shaw – Southern Adventist University

Dr. Glen Steele – Southern College of Optometry

Dr. Lynn Massingale – Tennessee Wesleyan University

Dr. Melvin Welch – Trevecca Nazarene University

Dr. Larry Brotherton – Tusculum University

Dr. George Savage – Union University

Tomsovic tapped for Chancellor’s Professorship

CURENT director and CTI Professor in the Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Kevin Tomsovic has been chosen to be a Chancellor’s Professor, one of the highest faculty honors at the University of Tennessee’s Knoxville campus.

Tomsovic joins the select group of 18 other faculty members out of the 1,665 full-time faculty positions at UT, four of which are also from the Tickle College of Engineering: Dean Matthew Mench, Department of Materials Science and Engineering Head Veerle Keppens, Department of Nuclear Engineering Head Wes Hines, and Min H. Kao Professor Leon Tolbert, of EECS.

Tomsovic’s research involves the exploration of new power grid ideas and capabilities, the distribution, scheduling, operation, diagnostics and maintenance of power systems, market analysis, and stabilization and control methodology.

Among other things in his role as director of CURENT, the National Science Foundation- and Department of Energy-sponsored Engineering Research Center, Tomsovic was part of a team that was acknowledged with an R&D 100 award in 2020 for the development of a large-scale test bed for the center’s lab, in addition to being selected for the award in 2014 for developing a continuously variable series reactor.

He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), which made him a Fellow of IEEE in 2007 for his contributions to intelligent systems in power engineering.

Tomsovic graduated with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1982, followed by earning his masters and doctorate from the University of Washington in 1984 and ’87, respectively.

Covenant welcomes Lemberger, Herrera

Two physicians, Michelle Lemberger, M.D., FACOG and OBGYN physician, Wilfredo Herrera, M.D., have joined Covenant Health.

Lemberger is a board-certified OBGYN physician and brings more than 25 years of medical experience to the OBGYN team at Women’s Healthcare of Morristown.

Her clinical interests are complete gynecology care for all ages, high and normal risk obstetrics and minimally invasive and robotic surgery.

She attended medical school and did her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

Herrera brings nearly 10 years of medical experience to the OBGYN team at Fort Sanders Women’s Specialists in Knoxville.

He is fluent in English and Spanish.

Herrera attended medical school at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and did his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

American Physical Society picks Baylor, Lupini

Two scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been elected fellows of the American Physical Society, or APS.

They are Larry Baylor and Andrew Lupini.

APS is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its research journals, scientific meetings and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS members represent academia, national laboratories and industry throughout the world. The APS Fellowship Program recognizes members who have made advances in physics through original research and publication or made significant innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology.

Baylor, group leader for the Blanket and Fuel Cycle Group in the Fusion Energy Division, for the publication, “experimental investigations in the physics of fueling magnetic fusion plasmas with hydrogenic pellets and the development and demonstration of pellet injection for use in the mitigation of edge localized modes and disruptions in fusion plasmas.”

Baylor’s research focuses on the deposition of cryogenic pellet fuel in fusion plasmas utilizing the ORNL pellet injector on the DIII-D tokamak at General Atomics in San Diego, California. Other current projects include the development of pellet fueling systems for ITER in France and the W7-X stellarator in Germany, as well as a pellet-based disruption mitigation system for ITER.

Lupini, a scientist in the Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy Group in the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, for the publication, “groundbreaking contributions to the fields of electron microscopy and aberration-correction in scanning transmission electron microscopy and for the development of new image and spectroscopy capabilities, higher-resolution, and better sensitivity to atomic-resolution imaging and spectroscopy.”

Lupini’s current research interests include various forms of atomic-resolution aberration-corrected electron microscopy, nanoscale monochromated electron spectroscopy and the application of these techniques to novel quantum materials. He has worked in several different areas with publications on imaging, analyzing and controlling single atoms.

Sommardahl promoted at UT College of Veterinary

Dr. Carla Sommardahl has been named permanent department head of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

She has served as interim department head since May 2020 and helped the department navigate the challenges brought about by the pandemic. Sommardahl has a reputation for being a great listener who makes decisions with a level head and calm demeanor.

Dr. Jim Thompson, dean of the veterinary college, says Sommardahl is poised to move the department forward. “Carla understands what is needed for faculty and staff to successfully advance in their careers, and cares deeply about the short- and long-term successes of the department and her people.”

Sommardahl has been at the college since 1989, first as a medical intern, then as a medical resident and graduate student earning a Ph.D. in the Comparative and Experimental Medicine program before joining the faculty. She is a clinical professor board-certified in large animal internal medicine. “I am proud to be a part of this successful department, and a member of a team of faculty and staff that brings expertise, collegiality, and passion to work every day. I look forward to guiding and working with this team in continuing the success of the Large Animal Clinical Sciences Department.”

She also serves as director and attending veterinarian for the college’s large animal teaching herd at the Veterinary Research and Education Center and has served as equine medicine section chief, large animal medicine residency program director, and large animal clinical sciences assistant department head.

She earned a degree in animal science at the University of Arkansas and completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.

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