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VOL. 41 | NO. 45 | Friday, November 10, 2017

Knoxville architect honored by hometown

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Johnson Architecture Inc., based in Knoxville, announces its founder and president Daryl Johnson has been named to the Jackson Alumni Hall of Fame in Jackson, New Jersey, in recognition of service to the community.

The hall was established in 1991 to recognize graduates who have made significant contributions to their communities through charitable service and to offer scholarships to graduating seniors at Jackson high schools.

Johnson, a Jackson Memorial High School graduate, says he continues to watch with interest the happenings in his hometown.

“I am truly honored to have been chosen for this recognition and especially appreciate that the Hall of Fame supports students who excel academically and through community service,” Johnson says. “I look forward to seeing the great things accomplished by the students earning scholarships.”

Both individually and through his firm, Johnson supports a wide array of nonprofit organizations relating to his alma mater, The University of Tennessee; the field of architecture; and causes important to his company’s team members, such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which the firm has heavily supported since one of the firm’s partners was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009.

Johnson Architecture has designed various sized projects for numerous purposes, including Blackberry Farm, Dollywood, Cornerstone of Recovery, First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation, Clayton Homes, Maryville City Schools, Maryville College, South College, RT Lodge, J.C. Holdway Restaurant and Zoo Knoxville.

Tourassi wins ORNL’s Director’s Award

Georgia Tourassi has been recognized by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as its top scientist for 2017.

She received the Director’s Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Science and Technology. The award was presented to Tourassi by ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia at a recent awards event.

Tourassi works in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division and directs the laboratory’s Health Data Sciences Institute.

She was recognized for advancing the research, development and deployment of artificial intelligence in data-driven biomedical discovery and medical imaging, including applications for cancer diagnosis and management.

She was also cited for her support of the missions of biomedical scientific societies and federal agencies and for mentoring students in biomedical science and technology.

Tourassi also received the Distinguished Researcher award.

Brian Weston of the Neutron Sciences Directorate’s Research Reactors Division received the Director’s Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Mission Support.

Weston was cited for distinguished contributions to the High Flux Isotope Reactor’s outstanding performance, and he was also recognized for sustained contributions to other laboratory and Department of Energy projects.

Timothy Burress, Jason Pries, Lixin Tang and Randy H. Wiles received the Director’s Award for Outstanding Team Accomplishment for their development of a low-cost, high-power-density prototype motor that is 75 percent more powerful than same-sized commercial motors. All four work in the Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate’s Electrical and Electronics Systems Research Division.

Long-time Gerdau employees lauded

Gerdau Knoxville recently celebrated its employees with 40 years or more of service at a company event.

Gerdau is a leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special steel in the world.

Members of the Knoxville “40-year Club” include:

  • Jimmy Christian, melt shop maintenance, 40 years
  • Carl Davis, melt shop facilitator, 41 years
  • Larry Ezell, scrap yard, 40 years
  • Wesley “Slim” Mills, refractory, 41 years
  • Darrell Sharp, store room, 40 years

“This biannual event is always a favorite of mine,” says Johnny Miller, vice president and general manager of Gerdau’s Knoxville steel mill.

“We get to spend an evening on the river with family, friends and coworkers to honor our employees who have crossed the impressive threshold of 40 years of service. “They have thrived in our industry from when steelmaking was a very manual process to our plant evolving into more technical, automated processes.”

Miller adds that Gerdau is grateful to the five employees for using their acquired wisdom and experience to not only continually strengthen the company’s processes, but also to coach and prepare new generations of steelmakers.

“It makes us very proud to have the type of workplace camaraderie and satisfying work that makes our people want to stay for 40-plus years,” Miller says. “As of the end of this year, we will have 51 employees with 20 or more years of service.”

Gerdau employs more than 220 people at its mill in Knoxville’s Lonsdale neighborhood.

Heart Consultants welcomes new cardiologist

Osareme Anthony Irivbogbe, M.D., an interventional cardiologist, has joined the Tennova health care system with a new medical practice at East Tennessee Heart Consultants.

Irivbogbe specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular conditions, including coronary artery disease, carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease and venous disease.

He is accepting new patients at his office at Physicians Regional Medical Center, 900 East Oak Hill Avenue, Suite 500, Knoxville.

Irivbogbe has a special interest in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and has expertise in interventional procedures for the management of coronary arteriosclerosis as well as endovascular management of peripheral arterial diseases, such as acute and critical limb ischemia. He performs the cardiovascular procedures at Physicians Regional Medical Center.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Benin in Nigeria and completed an internship and residency at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn.

He also completed fellowship training in cardiology and fellowship training in interventional cardiology, both at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Irivbogbe is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease.

“My personal philosophy is to do no harm – essentially by keeping cardiac interventions simple but effective,” he says.

“In addition to helping my patients manage their heart disease risk factors, I am committed to offering the latest coronary and peripheral interventions to open blocked or narrowed arteries throughout the body.”

Summit appoints Trepanier as director


Respiratory therapist Belinda Trepanier has been named director of operations of Summit Medical Group.

“Belinda has spent 26 years in medical practice management, the past 16 of those at a high-performing primary care practice,” Ed Curtis, Summit Medical Group CEO says. “Her proven track record of success will be invaluable in meeting the goals and objectives of the operations department.”

Trepanier previously served Summit Medical Group as site manager for Halls Family Physicians. In her new role, she initially will oversee the opening of three new primary care clinics this fall, along with other key projects and management of operational performance.

Trepanier earned her degree from the Kettering College of Medical Arts.

In other news from Summit Medical Group, family nurse practitioner Carolyn Henn has joined the office of Dr. William Burkhart.

Henn specializes in the diagnosis, management and treatment of acute and chronic medical conditions. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Tennessee in 2010, Henn earned her master’s degree in nursing from UT College of Nursing in 2012 and family nurse practitioner degree from University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis in 2016. She served as a registered nurse at UT Medical Center for three years prior to joining Summit Medical Group.

In addition, Amber Gaskins has joined Summit Medical Group at Maryville as a family nurse practitioner.

Gaskins specializes in the diagnosis, management and treatment of acute and chronic medical conditions. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Gaskins earned a degree in nursing in 2010 a master’s in nursing in 2013, both from MTSU.

Maryville College’s Wells announces retirement


Dr. Barbara Wells, vice president and dean of Maryville College, has announced her retirement following the 2017-2018 academic year.

“As a former dean, I have been impressed with and grateful for Dr. Wells’ experience as a teacher, her talents, her values and her understanding of and commitment to this College,” wrote Dr. Tom Bogart, Maryville College president in a statement.

“Her leadership has moved the college forward in profound ways.”

She was appointed to the position through a national search in February 2012, and she has guided the school through several curricular changes and improvements.

Highlights include the implementation of Maryville College Works, the creation of the new core curriculum, the adoption of a new academic calendar and the implementation of an academic policy reducing the number of credit hours required for graduation.

Under her leadership in Academic Affairs, the college has added nine majors and five minors and developed dual degrees in biopharmaceutical sciences and veterinary sciences with the University of Tennessee. Bogart also cited numerous faculty hires, the creation of transfer pathways and a revamping of the College’s Career Center.

“Dr. Wells provided key leadership in the comprehensive renovation of Anderson Hall and the improvements to Thaw Hall.

She also led planning efforts for new and remodeled spaces for the academic divisions currently in Sutton Science Center,” Bogart wrote.

“In 2011, Dr. Wells served as co-chair of the steering committee that developed our current ‘Renewing Our Strength’ strategic plan.”

A sociologist, Wells joined the faculty in 1998 as an assistant professor. Eight years later, she began a term as chair of the College’s Social Sciences division; 12 years later, she was promoted to professor. Wells holds a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

Bogart says the process for filling the VP and dean position would be announced in the coming weeks.

“Because Dr. Wells will not be retiring until after the 2017-2018 academic year ends, we have ample time to find an excellent successor,” he wrote.