On Oct. 4, Hurricane Matthew swept through Haiti, killing more than 1,000 Haitians and destroying much of the islanders’ way of life. That same day, a UT student and alumnus 1,400 miles away forged a connection because of their shared desire to help the people who had lost so much.
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A UT doctoral candidate will have a hand in organizing an international event on sustainable science. Roberto Federico-Perez was chosen to help coordinate the 2017 International Symposium on Green Chemistry, which aims to change deeply held practices in the field of chemistry.
Take an industrial byproduct, treat it with the E. coli bacteria, and create a usable fragrance product for use in pharmaceuticals and other applications. That genetic engineering concept was golden for a team of UT students who recently participated in the annual iGem Competition Giant Jamboree in Boston.
GeoAir, a startup company founded by MBA candidate Alex Adams, won top prize at last week’s fall 2016 Vol Court Pitch Competition. The company beat 18 competitors to take first place at the competition, which was hosted by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. GeoAir gives a faster, more precise way to identify mold in fields by using a drone to take airborne samples of the field.
Online shopping, personalized in-store shopping experiences, and self-gifting will dominate the 2016 holiday shopping season, according to Ann Fairhurst, professor and head of UT’s Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management.
The College of Nursing is kicking off a $15 million fundraising campaign. Half of the funds raised during the Investing in the Journey to the Top 25 campaign are projected to support a new nursing building. The official announcement will be made tonight at the NightinGala, an annual event that honors a distinguished alum and an individual who has made significant contributions to the nursing profession.
Beverly Davenport is back on campus today for a second round of meetings with small groups in the search for a new chancellor. Davenport currently serves as interim president at the University of Cincinnati. For more information on Davenport or other finalists, please visit the search website.
Renato Cruz De Castro, professor of International Studies at De La Salle University in the Philippines, will speak at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, in the Toyota Auditorium of the Baker Center. His lecture, “The South China Sea Dispute: US-Philippines-China Security Relations,” is part of the center’s Global Lecture series.
UT’s Army ROTC Alumni Council and Army ROTC Department held their inaugural Army ROTC Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11. The event also marked the 100th national anniversary of Army ROTC.
Lisa Reyes Mason, assistant professor in the College of Social Work, has co-organized a symposium called People and Climate Change: Vulnerability, Adaptation, Social Justice for 9:30 a.m. Friday, November 18, at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. The public is invited to watch the symposium online. “Climate change affects all of us, and especially our most vulnerable groups,” said Mason.