UT’s Team Living Light shined bright in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon which concluded this weekend.
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Joan Rentsch, professor of management, was featured in a CNBC interview and article entitled “Economy’s Silver Lining: A Happy Hour Boom.” Rentsch, director of the industrial and organizational psychology program, spoke about how socializing with coworkers can improve team collaboration, employee productivity and organizational commitment. The article and video can be found under the subtitle
Newspaper publishers, editors, journalists and designers won top awards in the Tennessee Press Association’s 2010 newspaper contest, co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee. The Commercial Appeal (Memphis), the Jackson Sun, the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, the Standard Banner (Jefferson City) and the Erwin Record won the top general excellence awards at the association’s 2010-2011 officer installation ceremony and awards luncheon held today in Nashville. UT has co-sponsored the annual contest since 1940. For the eighth year in a row, the Erwin Record has won the top general excellence award for its category.
Gloria Graham, assistant chief of police at Duke University, has been named the chief of police for the UT Knoxville Police Department. Graham, who has more than 15 years of campus law enforcement experience, will begin at UT Knoxville on Aug. 23.
Opera music, theater and museum tours and prehistoric art are just a few of the cultural activities planned for this year’s Alumni Summer College at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The program will focus on visual and performing arts and expose participants to a wide range of Tennessee experiences. Participants do not have to be UT alumni. The Summer College will take place July 28-Aug. 1, with a one-day trip to Nashville on Saturday, July 31.
Brian Wirth, an authority in the ways materials behave in extreme environments, has been named the ninth University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. Wirth is currently an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley, which he joined in 2002 following several years as a materials scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Wirth leads a number of research projects funded by various U.S. Department of Energy offices to investigate the performance of nuclear fuels and structural materials in nuclear environments.
A linguist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will convene a historic gathering of Native American sign language users this summer on the northern Great Plains. Jeffrey Davis, an associate professor in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, is identifying Plains Indian sign talkers who use the elaborate language so that it can be documented and revitalized in native communities. The conference will be held August 12-15 on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in southeastern Montana. It is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through its Documenting Endangered Languages program.
UT Knoxville will play a key role in supplying poll workers for the November election, thanks to a grant from the United States Election Assistance Commission. UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy was one of just 15 recipients to receive funding to train as many as 200 students to serve as poll workers for the Nov. 2 federal election in Knox County.
A unique partnership between the College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and B&W Y-12 promises to attract exceptional students to UT’s full-time MBA program and enhance business development efforts at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. “The Career Advantage Program is the first time we’ve partnered with an organization to help identify top potential candidates for our program,” said Amy Cathey, executive director of UT’s full-time MBA program. “We hope it serves as a model for future business partnerships.”
Richard Harris, award-winning science correspondent for National Public Radio, will give the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s annual Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16, in the Shiloh Room of the University Center. Harris will speak on “Covering Climate Change in a Changing Media Climate.” The program is free and open to the public.