Dr. Celia Williamson
Professor of Social Work
Just a decade ago victims of human trafficking in Ohio were treated like criminals
and those who forced them into modern day slavery faced less severe criminal charges.
But the efforts of Celia Williamson, professor of social work, are addressing those
injustices. She organizes the annual International Human Trafficking, Prostitution
and Sex Work Conference and is the director of UT's new Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute.
Professor of Law
Interpreting constitutional law is becoming an increasingly complex and important
role in politics as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on hot-button issues such as Obamacare,
abortion and affirmative action. In an increasingly polarized political climate, constitutional
law expert Lee Strang provides the legal analysis behind cases such as Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, the Defense of Marriage Act and the Voting Rights Act.
Associate Professor of Astronomy
Director of Ritter Planetarium
Observation time is competitive, but the important work of Michael Cushing is allowing
him to study a newly discovered brown dwarf, named WISE 1405+5534, with both the Spitzer
Space Telescope and Hubble Space Telescope simultaneously.
His research will advance
knowledge about brown dwarfs as well as the atmospheres of gas giant planets located outside our