Posts By: Rebekah Winkler

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.

College of Engineering Taking Part in White House Maker Faire

Responding to President Barack Obama’s call to empower America’s students and entrepreneurs to invent the future, the College of Engineering is participating in today’s National Day of Making, held in conjunction with the first White House Maker Faire.

History Channel’s Henry Rollins Films on Campus

The History Channel’s Ten Things You Don’t Know About show was on campus over the weekend filming an upcoming episode that will feature UT’s The Papers of Andrew Jackson staff. The show will air on a yet-to-be-announced date in August. History Professor Dan Feller and Research Associate Professor Tom Coens participated in the shoot. The show features punk rock icon Henry Rollins as its host, looks at interesting “twists and tidbits behind the historical tales, figures, and places you only thought you knew.”

In Memoriam: Rabia Gibbs

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Rabia Gibbs, an assistant professor and librarian, passed away on June 15. Gibbs joined the UT Libraries in 2010 as a diversity resident librarian. In 2012 she was appointed digital services and access librarian in Special Collections. Funeral services will be held this week in Gibbs’s hometown of Philadelphia.

Oliver Named Assistant Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity

Katrina Oliver has been named the assistant director for the Office of Equity and Diversity. Oliver has most recently worked as an equal opportunity specialist and investigator for the Atlanta office of the US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. In that capacity, Oliver investigated, evaluated, and monitored complaints from the initial inquiry to a final resolution.

Cross-Country Science: UT Faculty Mentor Inner-City New Jersey Youth

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When faculty members Karen Lloyd and Andrew Steen saw an opportunity to introduce a group of inner-city New Jersey high school students to science, they made it happen. Lloyd, an assistant professor of microbiology, and her husband, Steen, an assistant professor of earth and planetary sciences, just completed their second summer program with students and teachers from Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark.