Posts By: Charles Primm

Construction Projects Honored for Excellence in Design

Four construction projects at UT have been honored by American School and University magazine as examples of the best in design among colleges and universities. “We’re pleased with the recognition,” said Dave Irvin, associate vice chancellor for facilities services. “Two of our projects, Strong Hall and the Stokely Family Residence Hall, aren’t even finished yet and they’re earning national praise, which is thrilling,” he said.

Baker Center Releases Update on Future of Tennessee’s Roadway Funding

In the past three years, many states have increased or introduced new taxes in order to boost roadway funding. Tennessee, however, has made no policy changes and will increasingly confront challenges to its ability to fund roads, according to a new paper by researchers at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

McClung Museum to Host Free Family Fun Day, Stroller Tour in December

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will focus on its collection of bird prints during December with a Family Fun Day December 10 and a Stroller Tour December 12. The museum will feature works from its John James Audubon print collection to highlight winter birds in Tennessee during this programming.

Student Tests HoloLens for NASA, Gets Closer Look at Mars Surface

Every day, Rachel Kronyak walks around the surface of the planet Mars, examining a rock or getting a closer look at a butte framing the horizon. A doctoral student in geology at UT, Kronyak is among a small set of research scientists worldwide testing the use of an augmented reality headset to see how it can help NASA determine whether Mars could support life.

Recent Grad Miranda Gottlieb Named a Schwarzman Scholar

Miranda Gottlieb, who graduated from UT last spring, has been named to the second class of Schwarzman Scholars, a highly competitive program that offers selected students the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in China. She is the first UT student to be selected for the program, which launched in 2015.

Joint Prehistoric Rock Art Restoration Project Receives National Award

A partnership between UT, federal and state agencies, Indian tribes, and other stakeholders to save a set of centuries-old Native American petroglyphs, pictographs, and historic signatures in Alabama has been honored with a prestigious national preservation award. The initiative brought together researchers and local volunteers to camouflage and remove graffiti that had impacted the images at the Painted Bluff site in Marshall County, Alabama.

Final Tennessee Today Issue of 2016

Editor’s Note: This is the final issue of Tennessee Today for 2016. We will resume publication in early January. See you in 2017!

UT Geography Expert: Gatlinburg Tragic Fire Was ‘A Safe Prediction’

When Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, a UT professor of geography, heard about the forest fires threatening Gatlinburg, he was not surprised. For years, Grissino-Mayer has been giving talks throughout Tennessee and the Southeast on the subject “Will Our Great Smoky Mountains One Day Go Up in Flames?”

Big Orange Give Exceeds Its Million-Dollar Goal in Fourth Year

UT wrapped up its annual Big Orange Give online giving campaign with alumni and friends donating $1,521,305 in one week. “For the fourth year in a row, our Volunteer family has exceeded our goals for the Big Orange Give campaign,” said Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “We are grateful to our alumni and friends for their enthusiasm for the campaign.”

Professor Develops Algorithm to Improve Online Mapping of Disaster Areas

When an 8-magnitude earthquake struck Yingjie Hu’s home province of Sichuan, China, in 2008, he was more than 1,000 miles away attending college in Shanghai. While Hu wanted to help, there wasn’t much he could do due to the long distance. Since then, web-based mapping platforms have been developed that enable volunteers to participate in remote disaster response. Hu, now an assistant professor of geography at UT, and his colleagues have found a way to make the process more effective by developing an algorithm that indicates which areas need detailed mapping first.