Posts By: Lola Alapo

UT Pilot Program Success in MOOC Technology Leads to Continued State Investment

One year into a two-year pilot program, UT’s test of a new online learning technology platform has achieved successful outcomes that have resulted in additional state funding. Launched in May 2013, the pilot program uses technology developed by Coursera and edX, national innovators in massive open online courses, or MOOCs. The initiative is a partnership between the UT System and the Tennessee Board of Regents and is funded by a $1 million appropriation from the state of Tennessee for online innovation projects in connection with Governor Haslam’s “Drive to 55″ campaign.

Doctoral Candidate Finalist in Prestigious International Competition

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Nastaran Simarasl, a UT management doctoral candidate, is one of three finalists in the prestigious Global Development Awards and Medals Competition. The competition is sponsored by the Global Development Network, an international organization funded by the Japanese government.

Reger Appointed Research Director for Anderson Center

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Rhonda Reger, a professor of strategic management and entrepreneurship has been appointed director of research for the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She will be responsible for fostering and generating external funding to support entrepreneurship research.

Study: Integrating Purchasing, Logistics Yields Better Business Results

Organizations that closely integrate their purchasing and logistics functions deliver better business results, according to a new study from UT’s Global Supply Chain Institute. But the study, involving more than 180 supply chain professionals, also shows that many firms fail to capitalize on this opportunity and have supply chains where purchasing and logistics operate in “silos” with little cohesion.

Students Win EPA Sustainable Design Challenge

A group of UT students and faculty has won the second phase of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s P3: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability. Their project will receive up to $90,000 in grant funding to turn the designs into real-world applications and implement them in the marketplace.

Disability Services to Offer New Online Process for Testing Accommodation Requests, Approvals

Students who request testing accommodations and faculty who approve them will now find the process available online, thanks to a new system being implemented by the Office of Disability Services. This comprehensive data management system is designed to meet the specialized needs of the office. It simplifies the scheduling of appointments, exams, rooms, and resources with a focus on ease of use and flexibility.

Leadership Academy Announces New Fellows

Ten educators will be part of 2014—2015 cohort of the UT Leadership Academy. Now in its fifth year, the Leadership Academy is a collaborative venture between UT and Knox County Schools that prepares talented individuals to become outstanding new school principals through a full-time, intensive fifteen-month fellowship program. The class will begin work May 30.

Art Students Convert Metal Scraps from Gerdau into Sculptures

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Six UT students have converted more than 3,000 pounds of scrap metal provided by steel recycler Gerdau into works of art. The sculptures were unveiled this week and are on display at the historic Ivan Racheff House in Northwest Knoxville. The exhibition, which celebrates National Recycling Month, is a partnership between Gerdau and Dogwood Arts.