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Physics faculty member to present Phi Kappa Phi lecture Oct. 7 at UT Martin

09 - 27 - 2014

Contact: Bud Grimes



MARTIN, Tenn. — Dr. Lionel Crews, associate professor of physics and director of Honors Programs at the University of Tennessee at Martin, will present the faculty lecture at the Phi Kappa Phi Fall Recognition Ceremony, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Watkins Auditorium, located in the Boling University Center. His talk is titled “Where Are We Going and Where We Have Been.” The public is invited, and there is no admission charge.

UT Martin’s Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 127 was founded in 1971. PKP honors students, faculty and staff who have reached high levels of academic success. The organization is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. This event honors freshmen and sophomores who excel academically, and students will be recognized before peers, guests and PKP members.

Crews holds three degrees from Vanderbilt University and came to UT Martin in 2000. He was appointed Honors Programs director in 2011 and mentors five University Scholar projects ranging from astronomy research to a science fiction novel.

Crews is also associate curator at the Pink Palace Museum system in Memphis and is the science committee chair for Discovery Park of America in Union City. He has participated in several grant programs with middle school teachers to improve middle school science education.

He is currently faculty adviser to the Tennessee Earth Science Teachers Association.

More information about UT Martin’s Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 127 is available on the Web at


PHOTO CAPTION – Dr. Lionel Crews is pictured.

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