Faculty News and Notes
Wesley Baldwin, professor of cello in the School of Music, has been awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission. This award provides fellowships to outstanding professional artists who live and work in Tennessee. Only two musicians were selected this year to receive the award. Baldwin plans to use the award to allow him to prepare and present solo recitals and presentations throughout Tennessee in the next year, with special focus on performances in Tennessee schools.
Lora Humphrey Beebe, associate professor of nursing and coordinator of psychiatric mental health graduate programs at UT Knoxville, was honored as one of 50 Outstanding Alumni by her alma mater, the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.
Don Bell, professor of nursing, has been appointed by Governor Bredesen to the Tennessee Board of Nursing. Bell will represent Advanced Practice Nurses and will serve in this capacity through Dec. 31, 2013. Bell is the director of the nurse anesthesia program and a clinical associate professor of anesthesia.
Heather Douglas, associate professor of philosophy, is being supported this academic year by a grant from the National Science Foundation for her work on how properly to weight evidence from different sciences in the formulation of public policy. This is Douglas’s second time to win support for her work from the NSF. Douglas is pursuing her work in residence at the University of Pittsburgh this year.
David Folz, professor in the department of Political Science and faculty associate at the Baker Center, is the recipient of the 2010 Faculty Excellence Award from the UT Institute for Public Service (IPS). The Faculty Excellence Award is presented annually to recognize a UT faculty member who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to public service. The award cites Folz’s research and teaching as instrumental to the education of future local government managers and employees and to the improvement of government operations and governance in Tennessee cities. Particularly noteworthy is Folz’s research related to the high rate of fire deaths in Tennessee, transportation, red light camera enforcement and performance measurement initiatives. Furthermore, the award acknowledges Folz’s successful mentoring of students by encouraging and supporting their participation in state legislative internships, graduate student internships, and post graduate internships.