Business briefs

• Austin-East Magnet School administrator Melody Hawkins, formerly a Vine Middle School eighth-grade science teacher, recently was named the National University Teacher Award West Regional winner. She received a $10,000 award and a full scholarship toward a master’s degree in social emotional learning at National University.

• Three faculty members at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, are Fulbright Scholars for the 2021–22 academic year.

Kelli Wood, assistant professor of art history in the School of Art, will travel to Goa, India, to explore ways in which Europe and Asia were connecting during the Renaissance by following the artisan crafts moving along established trade routes.

David Fox, associate professor of architecture, will embark on his Fulbright experience at the Cracow University of Technology in spring 2022.

Melissa Cardon, Haslam Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Haslam College of Business, earned the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.

She will study experiences of entrepreneurs in Australia in relation to loneliness and social isolation.

• UT Medical Center recently was recognized nationally for receiving an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for fall 2021, which recognizes its achievements in protecting patients from harm and error in the hospital.

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on more than 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.