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VOL. 39 | NO. 12 | Friday, March 20, 2015

ORNL’s Tourassi elected AIMBE fellow

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Georgia Tourassi, a researcher at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected a fellow of a national organization.

According to the ORNL’s website, Tourassi was selected by the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Tourassi is director of ORNL’s Health Data Sciences Institute and the Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Center in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division. Previously, she was an associate professor of radiology and the medical physics graduate program at Duke University Medical Center.

She received her bachelor’s in physics from the University of Thessaloniki in Greece and her doctorate in biomedical engineering from Duke.

Oak Ridge’s Jernigan named Nurse of Year

Nurse Coordinator Betsy Jernigan of Oak Ridge Schools has been named School Nurse Administrator of the Year.

According to the Oak Ridge School’s website, the honor is given annually by the membership of the Tennessee Association of School Nurses to the school nurse administrator who demonstrates excellence in her field.

Jernigan graduated from East Tennessee Baptist Hospital in Knoxville and the University of Tennessee. She worked part-time position as a school nurse with Oak Ridge Schools and then was promoted to nurse coordinator.

Jernigan maintains the National Certification for School Nurses. In 1996, she was elected President of the Tennessee association. In addition to her state duties, she has served in positions with the National Association of School Nurses and was a director from 2004-2008.

UT College of Law announces annual honors

Students, staff and faculty of the University of Tennessee College of Law were recognized for achievements at the law school’s annual Honors Banquet.

According to the university’s website, these individuals received the following awards in the student category:

  • Brady Cody, Knoxville Bar Auxillary Award
  • Caleb Tindell and Daniel Martinez, Herbert L. David Award
  • Jeremy Ray, Merchant & Gould Intellectual Property Award
  • Katherine Smalley, Harshfield Award for Excellence in Civil Procedure
  • James Spencer Cook, Patrick Hardin Award
  • Casey Duhart and Brianna Penfold, Cunningham Legal Research Award
  • Thomas Smith, Cunningham First-Year Best Brief Award
  • Mitchell Ashkenaz, Cunningham Excellence in Legal Writing Award
  • Porter Durham, Class of 2004 Concentration in Business Award
  • Danny Morrell, Charles Miller Award
  • Sharon Eun, James Powers Award
  • Justin Day and Courtney Orr, Jerry P. Black Jr. Student Clinic Attorney Award
  • Caleb McDaniel, Tennessee Attorney General’s Award
  • Rachael French, International Academy of Trial Lawyers Trial Advocacy Award
  • Courtney Orr, Pryor Award of Excellence in Advocacy
  • Christa Currie, National Association of Women Lawyers Award
  • Casey Duhart, Susan B. Anthony Award
  • Juan Cristóbal Quevedo Gutierrez, Baker Donelson Student Leadership Award
  • Trina Hughes received the Frank Benson Creekmore Memorial Award
  • Abby Burke, William M. Leech Jr. Public Service Prize

Faculty Awards:

  • Professor Glenn Reynolds received the Yarbrough Faculty Award for Writing Excellence
  • Valorie Vojdik, professor and director of clinical programs, received the W. Allen Separk Faculty Scholarship Award
  • Associate Professor Maurice Stucke received the Carden Award for Outstanding Scholarship
  • Reba Best, professor and associate director of the Law Library, and Professor Carol Parker each received a Carden Award for Outstanding Service
  • Professor Joseph Cook received the Carden Teaching Award
  • Alex Long, professor and associate dean for academic affairs, received the Bass, Berry & Sims Faculty Award
  • Adjunct Professor Regina Lambert received the Outstanding Adjunct Teacher Award
  • Associate Professor Wendy Bach received the Harold Warner Outstanding Teacher Award

Staff Awards:

  • Chris Bombardo, director of technology services, received the Professional Staff Award
  • Suzanne Smalley, library supervisor, received the Law Library Support Staff Award
  • Cindy Farabow, administrative support specialist, received the College Support Staff Award

Williams joins Center for Women and Infants


The University of Tennessee Medical Center announces the hiring of Cynthia Williams as vice president of the Center for Women and Infants.

She will oversee all programs, including Labor & Delivery, OB/GYN services, Mother/Baby Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Labor & Delivery, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, East Tennessee Regional Perinatal Center along with other duties, according to the Medical Center’s website.

“We are very excited to welcome Cynthia to The University of Tennessee Medical Center,” said Janell Cecil, senior vice president and chief nursing officer. “Her knowledge and experience will benefit the medical center and our patients as we continue to make advancements and enhance the Women and Infants Center of Excellence.”

Previously, she worked as the Corporate Director of Obstetrics and Pediatrics for Community Health Systems in Franklin, and prior to that post, she was the Director of Labor and Delivery at Nashville’s Baptist Hospital.

Williams holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON, Canada and a Masters of Healthcare Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.

Brickey joins Rural/Metro team


Travis Brickey is the new marketing development director of Rural/Metro’s East Tennessee operations.

Rural/Metro is the largest emergency service provider in East Tennessee, and according to its website.

Brickey joins Rural/Metro with more than 15 years of experience, including serving as the former assistant director of marketing operations at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Brickey received his undergraduate degree in communications from UT, and he recently earned his Master of Business Administration, with a marketing specialization from King University.

UT’s Paddison named to fellowship in UK


The United Kingdom’s Royal Academy of Engineering has awarded a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship to a University of Tennessee chemical engineering professor.

Professor Stephen J. Paddison, also the Gibson Endowed Chair in Engineering at UT, is the honoree, according to the university’s website.

Paddison, who is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, will spend a month in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge.

“Although I have spent significant time in the past at Cambridge University as a Visiting Fellow and Scholar, this is nevertheless a real privilege and honor that promises to be another intellectual and fruitful experience,” said Paddison who will present lectures and seminars on the multiscale modeling of materials for batteries and fuel cells.

Cherokee Millwright adds vice president


Cherokee Millwright and Mechanical announces the hiring of Robyn Blair as vice president of human resources, safety, marketing and community relations.

Cherokee Millwright is a full-service millwright and mechanical company and is a part of the Massey Group family of companies owned by Randy Massey.

According to a press release, Blair formerly served as manager of benefits, communications and general administration at DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, working in several different roles over 18 years. Prior to DENSO, she worked with Randstad Staffing Services as a staffing consultant.

She is a graduate of Maryville High School and East Tennessee State University where she obtained a B.S. in Business Administration. She is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Blount.

Haslam appoints student to Board of Trustees


Jalen Blue is the new student representative to the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees.

He was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam, according to the UT website.

He is a junior majoring in public administration with a concentration in economics at the Haslam College of Business and attended his first Board of Trustees meeting at the end of February.

Gov. Haslam selected Blue from a list of three recommendations he received from UT student leaders after his predecessor, R.J. Duncan, resigned from the position.

Trentham earns spot on ‘Top 1,200 Advisors’ list


Knoxville’s Brent Trentham, a private wealth advisor with Ameriprise Financial, has been named to Barron’s “America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: State-by-State.’’

The annual Barron’s list recognizes the most outstanding financial advisors who represent the highest levels of ethical standards, professionalism and success in the business, according to its website.

The rankings are based on data provided by over 4,000 of the nation’s most productive advisors. Trentham was chosen based on assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record and quality of practice.

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