Several UT professors have been distinguished for outstanding
accomplishments in their respective academic fields, according to a UT

Dr. Ziling `'Ben'' Xue, assistant chemistry professor at the UT-Knoxville,
has won the National Science Foundation's Young Investigator Award.

Xue is one of 150 scientists and only 20 chemists to receive the award,
which is presented annually as part of an NSF competition to honor
promising young scientists.

He will receive an annual $25,000 NSF research grant for five years, and
NSF will match--up to $37,500 --any other research funding he raises each

Xue has been at UT since 1992. He is the first UT-Knoxville recipient of
the award, according to UT's Office of Research Administration. His
research mainly involves advanced materials for electronic, optical and
high-temperature applications.

Dr. Alfred Legendre, professor of urban practice in the UT College of
Veterinary Medicine, received the American Animal Hospital Association's
1994 Friskies PetCare Award.

The award, presented recently at the group's annual meeting in Boston,
recognizes Legendre's outstanding contributions in feline medicine and

Legendre, currently on a faculty exchange in Holland, has been with the
college since 1975. He is founder of the Journal of Veterinary Internal

Dr. Gleb Mamantov, professor and head of chemistry at the UT-Knoxville, was
awarded the Max Bredig Award of the Physical Electrochemistry Division of
the Electrochemical Society at the group's recent annual meeting in San

The international award, named for the late Oak Ridge National Laboratory
scientist, was established in 1984 to recognize excellence in a form of
high-temperature research known as molten salt chemistry.

Mamantov is the fourth recipient of the award.