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Baker Center Honored Graduating Scholars, Ambassadors

Pictured, left to right, back row: Brandon Prins, Chase Pritchett, Justin Hickerson, Zachariah Hethmon, Taylor Odle, Matt Murray, Kelsey Parkman, Bill Park and Nissa Dahlin-Brown. Front row: Hannah Bailey, Charleigh Cagle, David Clark, Lisa Dicker, Abigail McKamey, Chris Schwartz, and Amanda Tranum.

The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has honored its 2014 Baker Scholars and Baker Ambassador graduates. Twelve graduating students were honored as Baker Scholars and Baker Ambassadors and for living in the Baker Living and Learning Community. The scholars were awarded a medallion to celebrate the completion of an independent research project on a policy issue.

Nuclear Engineering Paper Earns Top Honor in Europe

A team from UT’s Department of Nuclear Engineering recently took top honors for its research at the European Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society in Nantes, France. The group’s paper, “Prognostics for Light Water Reactor Sustainability: Empirical Methods for Heat Exchanger Prognostic Lifetime Predictions,” tackles the need to check on equipment in existing nuclear reactors as those facilities’ licenses are renewed.

Brian Barber is New America Fellow; Writing Book About Life on Gaza Strip

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Brian K. Barber, the founding director of UT’s Center for the Study of Youth and Political Conflict, has been named a 2015 fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC. His main task will be to write a book narrating the lives of six men from the Gaza Strip whom he has interviewed regularly for the past twenty years, since they emerged as youth from the first Palestinian intifada in 1993.

Life of the Mind Speaker Announced; Discussion Leaders Still Needed

IDEO global design firm partner and UT alumnus Michael Hendrix will address students at this year’s Life of the Mind event at 5:30 p.m. on August 18 in Thompson-Boling Arena. The event is just part of the Life of the Mind program, which includes a common reading selection for freshmen. This year’s book is Daytripper, a graphic novel by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá. Faculty, staff, and graduate assistants are needed to serve as a discussion leaders for this year’s Life of the Mind program.

UT Mourns Passing of Seigenthaler, Who Received Honorary Doctorate Last Year

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John Seigenthaler—founding editorial director of USA Today, First Amendment champion, and freedom fighter—was laid to rest Monday in Nashville. Seigenthaler, who died Friday at the age of eighty-six, was awarded an honorary doctorate by UT’s College of Law last year. Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek granted the award, saying the Nashville native “embodies the Volunteer spirit through his words, his service, and his commitment to truth, equality, and justice.”

New Resources Available for Hiring Managers about Retirement Changes

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If you are involved in hiring new employees, take some time to familiarize yourself with changes to the state’s retirement benefits. The changes to retirement benefits apply only to new employees hired on or after July 1. The General Assembly passed legislation in 2013 that would allow the state to offer a hybrid plan to all state employees and teachers hired on or after July 1.

UT, Tennessee Press Association Announce 2014 Newspaper Contest Winners

Newspaper writers, editors, designers, and publishers won top awards today in the Tennessee Press Association’s 2014 newspaper contest, cosponsored by the University of Tennessee. The Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Jackson Sun, Elizabethton Star, the LaFollette Press, and The Erwin Record won the top general excellence awards at the association’s luncheon ceremonies held in Nashville. General excellence honors are based on total points accumulated for awards in five circulation categories.

Pre-order Computers from VolTech in Advance of the Sales Tax Holiday

Tennessee’s sales tax holiday is Friday through Sunday, August 1 through 3. During this time, computers costing less than $1,500 will be exempt from sales tax. VolTech invites faculty and staff to pre-order computers now at educational discounts and without sales tax, and pick them up after the tax holiday weekend. Eligible employees may place pre-orders using payroll deduction by July 30. Custom computer orders must be placed by July 15.

High School Students Get to “Heart” of the Matter at UT Eastman Camp

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For some students, summer camp means improving sports skills, spending time in a cabin, or learning how to tie different knots. In the case of those coming to campus this week, it could mean building heart valves or solving the world’s energy needs. The growing relationship between the College of Engineering and Eastman Chemical Company will be on display this week as the company-sponsored High School Introduction to Engineering Systems camp will give students the ability to work on ongoing high-end projects with UT faculty and students.