Posts By: Rebekah Winkler

White House Picks UT to Lead National Composites Manufacturing Institute

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On January 9, President Barack Obama announced that UT will lead the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, or IACMI, a $259 million public-private partnership. The Institute reflects a $70 million commitment from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and $189 million from IACMI’s partners. Supported by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, IACMI joins four other institutes backed by the Obama administration in a recent push to accelerate advanced manufacturing.

UT Knoxville and Institute of Agriculture Earn Carnegie-Engaged Designation

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UT Knoxville and the UT Institute of Agriculture have earned the 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for collaborating with community partners to address society’s most pressing needs. The prestigious Carnegie engagement classification recognizes colleges’ and universities’ commitments to strengthening the bond between campus and community. UT joins a group of fifty-two universities with the “very high intensity” research classification and the engaged status designation. Fewer than half of the universities in Carnegie’s “very high intensity” research classification have achieved engaged status.

Telling Stories in a Tennessee Coal Town

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Professor Rob Heller is featured in The New York Times for his photography class, which has turned into a twenty-two-year project documenting the town of LaFollette, Tennessee. There wasn’t much of a photography program when Heller arrived at the university. A few of his students became professional photographers, but he worked hard to teach them how to see and tell stories.

Professor Researches Rare Rock with 30,000 Diamonds

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Diamonds are beautiful and enigmatic. Though chemical reactions that create the highly coveted sparkles still remain a mystery, a professor at UT is studying a rare rock covered in diamonds that may hold clues to the gem’s origins.