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Examples of U of M Faculty Scholarship Will Be on Display April 4-8; Talks by Dr. Thrall and Dr. Heath Will Be April 5&6, Respectively, in Library

For release: March 30, 2011
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901-678-2843

The University Libraries and the Friends of University Libraries will celebrate University of Memphis faculty scholarship and creativity April 4-8, when professors’ work is put on display in the rotunda of the McWherter Library Monday through Thursday and in the lobby of the Rose Theatre on Friday.

Dr. Grant Thrall
Dr. Grant Thrall
Available for public viewing will be books, films, CDs, artwork, books, and other items created by U of M faculty members.  Convenient parking is available in the parking garage adjacent to the Fogelman Executive Center, just south of Central Avenue on Innovation Drive, or in the parking garage on Zach Curlin, adjacent to the Campus School.

Several presentations will also be given by outstanding faculty members during the week.  On Tuesday, April 5, Dr. Grant Thrall’s ‘We know who you are and where you are: How business uses that information” will discuss geospatial technology, such as that exemplified by Google Maps and, and how important that information is for today’s businesses.  His talk will be at noon in Room 224 of the McWherter Library.

Dr. Thrall teaches at the Fogelman College of Business and Economics; he holds the Martha and Robert Fogelman Family Chair of Excellence in Sustainable Real Estate.

On Wednesday, April 6, Dr. Julia Heath will discuss “Financial Literacy for the 21st Century.”  She will explain how the meaning of “financial literacy” has changed, and how our approach to the subject needs to change in order to keep current.  Her talk with also be at noon in Room 225 of the library.

Dr. Julia Heath
Dr. Julia Heath
Heath is director of the Center for Economic Education at the University.  In partnership with First Tennessee, she founded “Smart Tennessee,” a statewide financial literacy educational program for students in elementary, middle, and high school.  Last year she was named the CASE/Carnegie Professor of the Year for Tennessee.

Friday is also the date of the 24th Annual Faculty Convocation in the Rose Theatre.  Awards for teaching, research, and advising, including the Willard Sparks Eminent Faculty Award, will recognize a number of professors.

More information about Faculty Scholarship Week is available online at or from Tom Mendina via email at or by phone at 901-678-4310.

More information about Faculty Convocation is available online at

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