NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore and his Russian cosmonaut counterparts arrived at the International Space Station early Friday morning in their Soyuz capsule, beginning a six-month stint aboard the station.
Wilmore, who graduated from the University of Tennessee Space Institute with a master’s degree in aviation systems in 1994, will serve as the next commander of the space station, beginning when the current crew returns to earth in early November.
Charles F. McMillan, nuclear physicist and director of Los Alamos National Laboratory, will give the Baker Center’s annual Distinguished Global Security Lecture on October 1 at UT. McMillan will speak on “The Timeline of Technology.” The event is free and open to the public.
UT’s Baker Center will host a talk October 3 by alumnus Bill Haltom, a Memphis lawyer and author of a newly published book about Senator Baker.
A father and daughter pair of University of Tennessee, Knoxville, graduates have teamed up to help give back to members of the United States military through their program Diving with Heroes.
Joe Brickey, a 1985 electrical engineering grad, and Jill Hottel, who got her bachelor’s in geography in 2004 and her master’s in 2010, started the program as a way to help wounded veterans regain their lost sense of mobility via diving.
The Center for International Education will host its annual International Education Week September 22-26 with events that celebrate the diverse culture on campus and showcase the university’s global initiatives.
The College of Communication and Information will celebrate its Diversity and Inclusion Week September 22–25 with a keynote speech, an open forum, panels, and a diversity festival. Jose Aponte, director of the San Diego County Library System, will deliver the keynote address at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24, in the McClung Museum auditorium.
The energy of the university is on full display in the work and accomplishments of former Lady Vol and academic all-American Candace Parker and current Governor’s Chair for Power Electronics Yilu Liu. This energy is brought to light in UT’s new TV commercial. The spot will air during most televised Tennessee sporting events.
A ceremony will be held Saturday, September 13, in Lenoir City to rename a section of Interstate 75 in honor of the deceased son of a UT employee. The section of highway will be named in honor of Lance Corporal William C. Koprince Jr., who died while serving in the US Marine Corps in Iraq. His mother, Bernice Koprince, works in the UT Department of History.
UT’s College of Engineering has taken a large leap forward and is now ranked 32nd among all public universities and 57th among all undergraduate programs, according to the U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 rankings released today.
While Chad Foster was at UT, a rare genetic eye disease stole his sight, but not his ambition.