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Exhibit Featuring Historic Greenwood Mural, Other Works Opens June 6

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The twenty-eight-foot historic mural that has survived controversy, vandalism, and an impending demolition of its longtime home will be featured in an exhibit that opens June 6 at UT’s Downtown Gallery. The History of Tennessee painting will be on display along with eighteen other works by celebrated muralist Marion Greenwood. The summer exhibit will be available during three First Friday celebrations downtown and during the Downtown Gallery’s normal operating hours.

Study: Lackluster Growth in First Quarter but Gains Expected Overall in 2014

An abnormally harsh winter led to lackluster economic growth the first quarter of 2014, but a dip in unemployment rates and expected increases in housing investments signal stronger gains for the remainder of the year. The gross domestic product is expected to increase 2.4 percent this year as a whole, compared to 1.9 percent last year, according to the spring 2014 Tennessee Business and Economic Outlook released today by UT’s Center for Business and Economic Research.

Two Doctoral Students Win NASA Fellowships to Further Their Studies

Two earth and planetary sciences doctoral students will be furthering their study of the cosmos with help from NASA. NASA Earth and Space Sciences Fellowships are awarded once a year “to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines required to achieve NASA’s scientific goals.” The recipients, including UT’s Eric MacLennan, of Boston, Massachusetts, and Richard Cartwright, of Atlanta, Georgia, will each get $30,000 a year for three years.

Class of 2018 Orientation Sessions Kick Off Next Week

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek (third from left) and Assistant Vice Chancellor Melissa Shivers (second from right) pose with orientation leaders during the summer of 2013.

The Office of New Student and Family Programs has been hard at work preparing to welcome 4,100 members of the Class of 2018 for orientation. The first session begins Monday. Twelve one-and-a-half day sessions will run from June to July. Twenty-six orientation leaders will meet new students, parents, and other family members.

High School Students to Explore Business World through Summer Program

Thirty-five high school students from the Southeast will learn about office etiquette, personal finance, the business world, and potential careers at a UT summer camp that begins Thursday, June 5. The Business Education for Talented Students program, which runs through June 14, allows students from diverse communities to explore career and educational opportunities in the world of business. The program, which is free to students, is in its seventh year.

UT Libraries Acquires First-Edition Works of Phillis Wheatley and Black Hawk

Black Hawk's Life of Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, or Black Hawk.

UT Libraries has purchased first editions of two historically significant works—a book of poems by slave Phillis Wheatley and the autobiography of Black Hawk, a Sauk chief who waged war on the United States in 1832. Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, published in 1773, was the first published book by an African-American woman. Black Hawk’s Life of Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, or Black Hawk, published in 1833, was transcribed and translated into English from the testimony of the Sauk chief.

Kraken Refining Earthquake Models

Californian and Swiss researchers have been using the Kraken supercomputer to model what would happen if a major earthquake hit the southern portion of the San Andreas Fault. The entire fault extends more than 800 miles, from San Francisco to Southern California. What makes these researchers’ work different from previous studies is that they’ve factored in “nonlinear behavior of rocks”—a phenomenon that could reduce the velocity of ground motion predicted by previous computer models.

Professor’s Research Into Droplets Could Lead to Breakthroughs in Detection, Clean Water

assistant professor Andy Sarles and researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a method to create air-stable water droplet networks that are valuable for applications in biological sensing and membrane research. Photo by Kyle Kuykendall

The ability to pull water out of fog is just one of many possibilities made real by research involving assistant professor Andy Sarles of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering. The project Sarles took part in—Air-Stable Droplet Interface Bilayers on Oil-Infused Surfaces—was published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

EcoCAR 2 Team Departs for Final Competition in Series

Members of UT's EcoCAR 2 team—made up of students and faculty from the College of Engineering, College of Communication and Information, and College of Business Administration—gather with the vehicle in front of Ayres Hall for its official sendoff to the national competition.

Students and faculty were on hand Friday morning at Ayres Hall to send off the university’s EcoCAR 2 team for its final-round competitions in Milford, Michigan, and Washington, DC, where the cars will be put through a series of tests to determine which one best meets the competition’s goals of reduced emissions and increased fuel economy and safety. The competition will wrap up mid-June.

Czech Mates: College of Engineering Strengthens Ties with University in Prague

UT student Emily Frame rearranges the fuel in the core of a reactor at Czech Technical University in Prague while an instructor oversees and inspects the process.

For many college students, the week after graduation signals an opportunity to travel. For a lucky few, that might even include a trip abroad. For a group of Department of Nuclear Engineering students, it means both a chance to head to Europe and the opportunity of a lifetime. Led by assistant professors Ondrej Chvala and Eric Lukosi, the nine students are in Prague, Czech Republic, spending time with their counterparts at Czech Technical University and even taking a trip to the uranium mine in Roznika.