Posts By: Rebekah Winkler

UT Knoxville and Institute of Agriculture Earn Carnegie-Engaged Designation


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


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


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.

Former Chancellor, Astronaut in Inaugural MABE Hall of Fame at UT


In 1847, a course offering studies in mechanical philosophies and mechanics appeared at what was then East Tennessee University. Now, almost 170 years later, the school is UT, and the course has grown into the College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, two-thirds of which would have been considered science fiction to those many years ago.

UT’s Best: The Year in Review


It’s been a big news year in Big Orange Country. We looked at what people were reading on Tennessee Today. We hunted for the UT news that got the best media play. We thought about momentous events. We tossed all of that together and compiled this list of our greatest hits of 2014.