Donald D. Harrington Fellows to Present April 10 Symposium at Amarillo Country Club

April 4, 2013

AMARILLO, Texas — The Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program of The University of Texas at Austin will sponsor its annual luncheon and research symposium at noon Wednesday, April 10, at the Amarillo Country Club.

The event features top graduate students and visiting faculty fellows from UT Austin speaking about research topics such as energy conversion devices and childhood anxiety disorders.

This marks the 11th year the Harrington Fellows Program has hosted similar symposiums in Amarillo and Canyon, Texas.

Along with the Harrington Fellows Program, other hosts include members of the Amarillo Area Foundation Local Partners in Higher Education: the Amarillo Area Foundation/Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation, Amarillo College, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and West Texas A&M University.

“Sybil Harrington showed great insight and vision when she endowed these fellowships in her husband’s honor,” said Bill Powers, president of The University of Texas at Austin. “Fellowships such as these stir the pot of intellectual activity and spread exciting new ideas through scholarship. I always look forward to visiting Amarillo to celebrate this UT tradition and to learn from our Harrington Fellows.”

Powers will be attending the event with Executive Vice President and Provost Steven W. Leslie, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies Marvin L. Hackert, and Harrington Fellows Program Coordinator Julie Ewald.

The Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program is one of the most generously endowed visiting scholar and graduate fellow programs in the nation, and the most prestigious fellowship program at The University of Texas at Austin. Sybil Harrington established the program as a tribute to her husband, Don. The fellowships support young faculty members and graduate students who have academic records of success and ingenuity.

This year’s speakers:

  • Alan McGaughey, a faculty fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, will present a talk titled “Next-Generation Materials for Energy Conversion.”
  • Kelly Banneyer, a graduate student fellow in the Department of Educational Psychology, will talk about “The Role of Parenting in Effective Treatment of Childhood Anxiety Disorders.”
  • Cameron Strang, a graduate student fellow in the Department of History, will discuss “Science and Anglo-American Expansion in the Gulf South Borderlands, 1783-1842.”
  • Christopher Yust, a graduate student fellow in the Department of Accounting, will present a talk titled "Litigation Risk and Agency Costs: Evidence from Nevada Corporate Law."

The Amarillo Area Foundation, a community foundation, serves the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle through philanthropic leadership. The foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the Texas Panhandle through effective philanthropic efforts.

People interested in attending the event may contact the Amarillo Area Foundation at 806-376-4521.

For more information, contact: Charlotte Rhodes of the Amarillo Area Foundation/Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation at 806-376-4521; Julie Ewald, Office of the President, The University of Texas at Austin, 512-471-2307.