12/13/13 2:23 pm •
For sixteen months, UT graduate Marvyl Cockrell had been missing her younger brother Dale, who is stationed aboard the Navy’s USS George Washington. Today, Dale made a surprise appearance at the university’s commencement ceremony. Marvyl was one of more than 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students who received their degrees from UT this week.
12/11/13 9:04 am •
UT announced today an aggressive student housing redevelopment plan that will transform the student experience and accommodate the growth in student learning communities. The plan involves replacing six residence halls around Presidential Court with seven new modern facilities in five years.
12/17/13 10:01 am •
Middle Drive on the Hill will be closed to traffic on an intermittent basis tomorrow through Friday, December 20. Each temporary closure is expected to last around ninety minutes. During these temporary closures, UT Police will be on hand to help reroute northbound traffic to Tee Martin Drive behind Neyland Stadium. Vehicles still will be able to access the Hill from Circle Drive via Cumberland Avenue.
12/16/13 4:28 pm •
Using supercomputing power, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the UT–ORNL Joint Institute for Computational Sciences have discovered a molecular “switch” in a receptor that controls cell behavior. The finding can help in medical drug development. To read more, visit ORNL’s website.
12/16/13 1:26 pm •
When it comes to neutron stars, there really is more going on beneath the surface than you might suspect. Associate Physics Professor William R. (Raph) Hix and his colleagues have recently found a layer inside the crust of these stars that actually cools them down instead of heating them up, challenging common scientific perceptions.
12/16/13 10:52 am •
The McClung Museum will offer a free family fun day celebrating winter and the holidays on Saturday, December 21. The 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. event will include a show-and-tell using objects from the museum’s collection and celebrations around the world. Children also will make holiday ornaments and paper lanterns to celebrate the holidays and the winter solstice.
12/16/13 10:16 am •
Tom Heffernan, the Kenneth Curry Professor in the Humanities and director of the UT Humanities Center, has won the Modern Language Association Prize for a Scholarly Edition. The award is for his edition of The Passion of Perpetua and Felicity. He will receive the prize, announced earlier this month, at the association’s annual convention in Chicago.
UT in the News
- 12/17/13 • PBS: Small Is Big, How Bacteria Will Make Our World Cleaner and Healthier
- 12/13/13 • WATE-TV: Local experts give advice on holiday tipping etiquette
- 12/10/13 • News Sentinel: Internet retail business wins Vol Court competition
- 12/10/13 • News Sentinel: Technology helps bring piece of past back to UT grad
- 12/09/13 • News Sentinel video: Laura-Eve Moss discusses the Andrew Jackson Papers collection
- 12/09/13 • Chattanooga Times Free Press: Amazon starts collecting Tennessee sales tax January 1