Posts By: Rebekah Winkler

Spring 2014 Dean’s List Now Posted

The spring 2014 dean’s list has been posted online. To qualify for the dean’s list, an undergraduate student must earn a term grade point average of 3.80 to 4.00 (summa cum laude), 3.65 to 3.79 (magna cum laude), or 3.50 to 3.64 (cum laude).

Professor’s Book Reveals How Sportswriters Helped Create Baseball ‘Heroes’

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Baseball, the great American pastime, has given us plenty of memorable figures. In Inventing Baseball Heroes, Assistant Professor Amber Roessner of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media—a former sportswriter—examines how some sports journalists compromised their journalistic ethics to help make American heroes out of two of baseball’s most enduring personalities, Detroit Tigers outfielder Ty Cobb and New York Giants pitcher Christy Mathewson.

Register Alternative Vehicles with Parking and Transit Services

The campus’s Traffic and Parking Authority recently approved a revised Alternative Vehicle Policy effective July 1. This policy covers the operations of golf carts, utility vehicles, and similar vehicles and requires them to display a permit. The permit is free, will not expire, and can be easily obtained from UT Parking and Transit Services.

Nuclear Engineering’s Growth Highlighted

The university’s Nuclear Engineering Department has climbed from the twelfth-ranked program in US News and World Report to the fifth-ranked in just four years. One of the reasons why: the amount of research conducted in the department. That was a key point College of Engineering Dean Wayne Davis and department head Wes Hines shared with the UT Board of Trustees Wednesday. Investment in research almost quadrupled from 2008 to 2013, climbing from $2.1 million to $8.2 million over that span.

Social Work Associate Director to Participate in White House Summit June 23

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JoAnna Cheatham, associate director of the Office of Research and Public Service in the College of Social Work, will share the university’s successes in uplifting and supporting the state’s families during a White House summit in Washington, DC, next week. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are expected to attend the White House Summit on Working Families, a one-day, invitation-only meeting on Monday, June 23.

Campus Heats Up with Summer Improvements

Work continues on the new Student Union.

With summer school and new student orientation well underway, construction and beautification projects are in full swing throughout campus. Dave Irvin, associate vice chancellor for Facilities Services, said the university plans months ahead to take best advantage of the reduced campus population in June and July. A large focus is placed on sprucing up classrooms, buildings, and grounds. Extensive work is being performed in key academic buildings.

KAT Proposes Trolley to University Commons, Other Changes

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Knoxville Area Transit is proposing an extension of the Vol Line Trolley to serve the new Wal-Mart and Publix at University Commons when the development opens at the end of July. The proposal, along with minor adjustments to other routes, will be voted on by the Knoxville Transportation Authority at their regular meeting at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building, 400 Main Street.

Clarence Brown Theatre Receives $10,000 Grant from NY Foundation

A foundation connected to the operators of several Broadway theaters has given a $10,000 grant to the Clarence Brown Theatre. The theater was among a select group of recipients nationwide to receive grants from the New York-based Shubert Foundation. The foundation provides general operating support to not-for-profit professional resident theaters, dance companies, and arts-related organizations to help support and nurture their operations.

Hines Honored by American Society for Engineering Education

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The American Society for Engineering Education has named Wes Hines, head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, the Glenn Murphy Award winner for 2014. The award, named for one of the pioneering leaders in nuclear engineering at the collegiate level over a four-decade career at Iowa State, is one of the society’s top honors.

Time: Squid Protein: Our Best Defense Against Chemical Weapons?

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Time wrote about a recent study by UT and ORNL researchers, published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry, that focuses on the engineering of enzymes produced in the bodies of squid that may be effective in breaking down nerve gasses and other deadly chemical weapons. The team aspires to create a prophylactic drug from these enzymes that will mitigate their harmful effects on humans, but first they must modify the enzymes to ensure that the human body won’t destroy them first.