ORNL’s Kalinin wins national honor

Friday, July 20, 2018, Vol. 42, No. 29


Researcher Sergei Kalinin is one of three 2018 laureates of the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists from the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences.

Kalinin is the director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Institute for Functional Imaging of Materials and a distinguished staff member at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, a DOE Office of Science User Facility at ORNL, and an adjunct associate professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Tennessee.

Kalinin was chosen by a scientific jury from a group of finalists in the physical sciences and engineering category “for creating novel techniques to study, measure, and control the functionality of nanomaterials at the atomic and nanoscale.

Kalinin’s work manipulating individual atoms has the potential to enable scientists to create new classes of materials by assembling matter atom-by-atom.”

The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists are the largest unrestricted scientific prizes offered to America’s most promising faculty-level scientific researchers 42 years of age and younger. Nominated by 146 research institutions across 42 states, the 286 nominees were narrowed to a pool of 31 finalists earlier this spring.

Kalinin is a fellow of the American Physical Society, Institute of Physics, Foresight Institute, IEEE, AVS and Materials Research Society with accomplishments that include a 2009 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, a Royal Microscopical Society Medal for SPM and three R&D 100 awards. Kalinin has more than 500 publications and over 15 patents on various aspects of SPM and STEM.

Kalinin joined ORNL in 2002 as a Eugene P. Wigner Fellow after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry and materials science from Moscow State University and a doctoral degree in materials science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Cardiologist Sharma joins Tennova Healthcare


Tennova Healthcare has added Mukesh K. Sharma, M.D., interventional cardiologist, to its staff.

He specializes in a broad range of coronary and peripheral interventions and has special interest in treating patients with structural heart disease, valve disorders, cardiomyopathy, and those needing pacemakers and defibrillators. Sharma performs interventional procedures exclusively at Turkey Creek Medical Center.

He earned his medical degree from Christian Medical College in Ludhiana, India. He completed an internship and residency at Christian Medical College and Hospital and a residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City.

Sharma also completed fellowship training in interventional cardiology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease.

As a medical director of cardiovascular research at Turkey Creek Medical Center, Sharma offers patients new therapies and devices for the treatment of carotid artery stenosis, coronary artery disease, heart failure, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, atrial fibrillation, stroke prevention, and peripheral vascular disease.

“I am committed to offering my patients the latest treatment options for cardiovascular disease including minimally invasive procedures that use catheters and small incisions,” he says. “In addition to helping my patients manage their risk factors for heart attacks and stroke, I am pleased to participate in global clinical trials, which are crucial to discovering more effective treatments and saving the lives of heart patients.”

He is accepting new and existing patients at his office at Turkey Creek Medical Center, 10810 Parkside Drive, Suite 206, Knoxville.

Baldwin honored as KFD’s top firefighter


Kevin D. Baldwin is the Knoxville Fire Department’s 2017 Firefighter of the Year, announced by Knoxville Mayor Mary Rogero at a recent ceremony.

In April 2017, Baldwin helped drag a man away from a burning tanker truck filled with 8,000 gallons of ethanol. He then diverted traffic and provided medical care.

Baldwin, a 17-year KFD veteran and a master firefighter, works out of the Bearden Fire Station No. 18 on Weisgarber Road.

Because of his quick action and the actions of other first responders, the truck cab fire was contained.

The truck driver was rescued and given medical care.

Bearden High gets new principal


Jason Myers has been appointed principal of Bearden High School by Knox County Schools.

He joined in 2008 as a teaching assistant at Fulton High School.

Myers has also served as a special education teacher and lead teacher. He began his career in administration in 2013 as an administrative assistant and later assistant principal at West High School. He is currently principal of Knoxville Adaptive Education Center.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in special education, both from the University of Tennessee.

In other announcements from the school board, Dr. Elizabeth Howard has been appointed principal of Powell Middle School.

She joined Knox County Schools in 2008 as assistant principal of Hardin Valley Academy.

Before joining Knox County Schools, Howard worked as a math teacher in Florida and Kentucky for more than eight years. She has also served as an assistant principal at West Valley Middle School and is leaving her job as an assistant principal at Farragut High School.

She holds an associate’s degree in education from Southeast Community College and a bachelor’s degree in education from Union College, as well as a master’s degree in educational leadership and supervision and a doctorate degree, both from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

Brent Glenn has been appointed principal of Karns Middle School.

He joined Knox County Schools in 1997 as a teacher at Halls Middle School.

Glenn has also served as a teacher and a TAP Master and Mentor Teacher at Carter High School. He was selected to be part of the Leadership Academy in 2015 and placed at Hardin Valley Academy as an assistant principal. He has also served as an assistant principal at Career Magnet Academy and is leaving his job an assistant principal at Austin East High School.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and an education specialist degree in administration, all from the University of Tennessee.

Iversen selected for national project


Colleen Iversen, a senior staff scientist in the Environmental Sciences Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been selected for the New Voices in Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine project launched by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Iversen, an ecosystem ecologist, works with root-soil interfaces to study how climate change alters belowground carbon and nutrient cycling. “While I study a tiny, hidden part of the world, I hope the New Voices program will increase the size of my story and help to make the tiny things mighty in the hearts and minds of the public,” Iversen says.

Iversen joins an initial group of eighteen professionals recognized by the National Academies as early-career leaders. The New Voices cohort will collaborate over a two-year period with a senior advisory committee to discuss key emerging challenges in science, engineering, and medicine, engage nationally with a wider group of young leaders from diverse groups and attend international events on science policy.

Parkwest Medical welcomes Malka


Board-certified neurologist Robert Malka, M.D. has joined the Covenant Health neurohospitalist team at Parkwest Medical Center.

Malka will provide care for patients with neurological disorders in the hospital. He will serve as a vital member of the stroke team and brings with him more than five years of experience in neurological care.

He is board certified in neurology and graduated from the University of South Florida College of Medicine where he also did his residency.

Patrick Flynn, a certified physician assistant, is joining Parkwest Medical Center’s neuroscience team.

Flynn will assist the neurohospitalists with inpatient neurological care.

He obtained his master’s degree in health science in physician assistant studies from South College.

His bachelor’s degree is in education and kinesiology from the University of Tennessee.

Donovan, Xu receive major grants


Two faculty members in the University of Tennessee’s Tickle College of Engineering have received Early Career Awards from the Department of Energy for their work in nuclear fusion and structural materials for nuclear energies, respectively.


Assistant professors David Donovan, of nuclear engineering, and Haixuan Xu, of materials science and engineering, will each receive a $750,000 grant over five years for their research.

“I’m very privileged and thrilled to have this award,” Xu says. “I really appreciate the recognition and the support from Basic Energy Science of DOE.”

Along with funding students and post-docs who will work in their labs, the awards are also a recognition of the importance of their work, Donovan says.

“It means they see your work and they believe that it’s worth building this program,” Donovan adds. “There’s value beyond the tangible, monetary worth.”