Alumni News

UT Confucius Institute Marks First Anniversary with Chinese Delegation Visit

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A delegation of faculty and administrators from UT’s Confucius Institute’s Chinese partner—Southeast University in Nanjing, China—will be on campus April 13–15 to explore additional academic collaborations between the two universities. The Chinese delegation’s visit coincides with the first anniversary of the Confucius Institute’s inauguration ceremony.

UT Senior Wins Fulbright Scholarship to Study in Spain

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Alex Houck, a senior, has received a 2014–2015 Fulbright International Scholarship to Spain. Houck will assist in molecular neurobiological research in Madrid, analyzing proteins in the brains of mice to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease. He also will take intensive Spanish courses and volunteer at a university teaching hospital.

McClung Museum Hosts Free Family Fun Day on Ancient Glass

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UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will offer a free family fun day to showcase its temporary exhibit, Glass of the Ancient Mediterranean on Saturday, April 12. The family fun day will include educational activities on ancient glass and mini-tours focused on the temporary exhibit.

UT Student Chosen for Prestigious International Humanity in Action Fellowship

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Ediobong “Edi” Ebiefung, a senior, has been chosen as one of forty students from the United States to participate in the 2014 Humanity in Action Fellowship. He will be going to Amsterdam. “The opportunity means a lot to me, and I am honored that I was selected,” said Ebiefung, who was born and raised in Chattanooga, the son of parents who emigrated from Nigeria.

QuickSod Wins $30,000 in the Tennessee Venture Challenge

Pictured from left to right: David Millhorn, UT Executive Vice President and UTRF President; Richard Magid, UTRF Vice President at the UT Health Science Center; John Sorochan; Ryan Kemp; and Stacey Patterson, Vice President of the UTRF Multi-Disciplinary Office and UT Assistant Vice President and Director of Research Partnerships.

QuickSod swept the first-ever Tennessee Venture Challenge, claiming both the $25,000 overall prize and the $5,000 Crowd Favorite Award at the TVC Pitch Competition held by the UT Research Foundation on Thursday, April 3, at the Foundry in Knoxville. TVC is a business plan competition for the University of Tennessee community. To be eligible for the competition, potential startup companies must be commercializing intellectual property created at a UT campus or institute.

Underwriters Laboratories Supporting College of Engineering Course

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UT students will soon be able to take part in a first-of-its-kind offering thanks to a new partnership between the College of Engineering and Underwriters Laboratories, known to many for their familiar “UL” mark on a variety of products. A “professor of practice” position, the first so named at UT, is being established with the goal of offering a course in fire engineering forensics that could change the way many things, from appliances to residences, are built.

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to Visit UT Law on April 15

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be at UT to present the annual Rose Lecture on Tuesday, April 15. The event will take place at noon in the Alumni Memorial Building’s Cox Auditorium. Sponsored by UT’s College of Law, the lecture is open to law students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as members of the federal, state, and local judiciary, university administrators, and other members of the campus community.

UT Conference to Look at How Women in STEM Can Thrive in Industry, Academia

Women comprise less than a quarter of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) workforce in the United States, and they are most likely to leave those jobs compared to men. A workshop to familiarize women in the mathematical sciences with professional opportunities in academics, industry, and government labs and help them thrive in mathematics-related fields, will be held April 9–11 at UT.

Endowed Scholarship Established in Honor of McMinn County Educator

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UT has established the Harold “Prof” Powers Scholarship for McMinn County, Tennessee, students, thanks to a gift from Athens native and UT alumnus Larry Pratt. The scholarship is designed to enhance access by eliminating financial barriers to attend the state’s flagship research university.

Kessel Named Dougherty Award Winner by UT College of Engineering

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Longtime Knoxville and Knox County political icon Dwight Kessel was the guest of honor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Engineering awards on Thursday night, where he received the 2014 Nathan W. Dougherty Award, the college’s most prestigious honor.