Posts By: Rebekah Winkler

World Cup Connex: UT Grads are Fitness Trainers for Germany, US Teams

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As the FIFA World Cup sprints toward a finish, a UT graduate is working in the background to make sure the players are in prime condition for the big game. Shad Forsythe, who earned his master’s degree in sport management in 1998, has been the head fitness coach for Germany’s team since 2004. Germany and Argentina play in the championship game on Sunday on ABC. Another UT grad also has been working behind the scenes at the World Cup. Jeremy Hassler, who received his master’s degree in sport management in 1999, is one of the lead trainers for the US Men’s National Team.

Buy 2014-15 Staff Parking Permits Online Now

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Staff parking permits for the 2014-15 academic year are now available to purchase online using payroll deduction or credit card. Employees will need to have their Net ID and password, vehicle license plate, vehicle description, and current address. Once logged in to the system, employees can follow the prompts to submit or edit information. Transactions must be completed by July 25 to receive permits by mail for use by August 1.

Study Predicts Ranavirus as Potential New Culprit in Amphibian Extinctions

Wood frog tadpole hemorrhage from a die-off in Brunswick, Maine, in which it is estimated more than 200,000 tadpoles died in less than twenty-four hours due to ranavirus. Photo credit: Nathaniel Wheelwright

Amphibian declines and extinctions around the world have been linked to an emerging fungal disease called chytridiomycosis, but new research from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis and the Center for Wildlife Health at UT shows that another pathogen, ranavirus, may also contribute.

Fiske Guide Lists UT Among Best and Most Interesting Schools

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UT has been rated one of the “best and most interesting” schools in the 2015 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges, which reviews higher education institutions in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. UT is one of more than 300 universities to be included in the guide, which advises prospective students about academic quality, campus setting, financial aid, housing, and extracurricular activities. The publication was released this summer.

World Cup Fever: Study Shows Group Fervor Stems from Shared Experiences

The 2014 World Cup has captured the attention of billions of viewers around the globe. New research from UT suggests that it is the shared attention that makes these games so emotionally compelling. Assistant Professor Garriy Shteynberg and Associate Professor Jeff Larsen from the Department of Psychology conducted the study, which showed that emotional events are more intense when viewed simultaneously with other group members.

EAP Summer 2014 Research Institute Wraps Up

The Educational Advancement Program’s Summer 2014 Research Institute, an undergraduate preparation for graduate school, began in May and ended last week. Fifteen first-generation, low-income, or underrepresented undergraduates engaged in examining a research topic, gaining skills and knowledge about preparing a literature review, examining research methods, and practicing technical writing while under the guidance of a UT faculty mentor.

Nursing Professor Named Prestigious Nursing Academy Fellow

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Tami Wyatt, associate professor of nursing, has been named to the 2014 class of the American Academy of Nursing fellows. Wyatt was selected for her leadership in education, management, and policy, and her work to improve the health of the nation. She and 167 nurse leaders will be inducted as fellows during the Academy’s 2014 Transforming Health, Driving Policy conference on Oct. 18 in Washington, D.C.

Leadership Program Gives Faculty, Staff Opportunities to Shine

The UT Knoxville Leadership Program provides participants an opportunity to learn about best practices in leadership while enhancing their understanding of the mission and function of the various units on campus. The program began with a three-day retreat in May, where participants discussed developing an authentic leadership style, characteristics of effective leaders, strategies for navigating change, developing a personal brand, and maintaining work/life balance.

World Coming to UT for College of Engineering’s Lean Program

Students from universities and institutes around the world will soon begin arriving at UT as part of the International Lean Summer Program in the College of Engineering. Sponsored by the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, the program will bring almost 120 students to campus for a chance to study ways of reducing waste and increasing efficiency while partnering with students from countries around the world, beginning with an opening ceremony at the Foundry at World’s Fair Park on July 7.

Community Pays Tribute to a Great American

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More than 700 people paid tribute to Senator Howard H Baker Jr. on Monday on the UT campus. The alumnus and veteran died Thursday at his home in Huntsville, Tennessee. Yesterday his casket—draped in an American flag—was placed at the center of the rotunda of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Baker’s family gathered to greet friends, elected and appointed leaders, and many admirers throughout the day.