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.
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For years, a graduate student has raised awareness through his research about the use of pain pills among college athletes and offered suggestions for how to address and prevent the addiction. Marcus Amos will present his work this week during an international conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.