BOBI News

What’s Your Big Idea?—Melahnie Springfield

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Melahnie Springfield, an advertising graduate student, had the big idea to start a popular blog about self-segregation in social media.

Big Idea: Business Students Organize 5K Race to Raise Money for Knox Shelter

Barefoot Benefit

Five business students had a big idea to raise money for a good cause—a Knoxville-area shelter that cares for low-income seniors—while also doing something fun. So they organized the Barefoot Benefit 5K, which invited barefoot runners and walkers alike to participate in the 3.1-mile race.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Sarah Hillyer

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Sarah Hillyer is director of the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society. She and co-founder Ashleigh Huffman have the big idea of using sport as a tool for personal and community development.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Bill Bass

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Bill Bass, a professor emeritus of forensic anthropology, had the big idea to start the Forensic Anthropology Center, also known as the “Body Farm.”

Big Idea: New Tech Tool Helps You Find Books in Hodges Library

Need a library book, but don’t want to spend hours hunting for it in the John C. Hodges Library? Thanks to a big idea called StackMap, the search should be much quicker. StackMap displays book information and pinpoints not only the floor but the specific shelf range where a book is housed.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Michael Pickelsimer

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Michael Pickelsimer, graduate student in electrical engineering, has the big idea of charging electrical vehicles without ever having to plug them in.

Big Idea: Stroller Tours Allow Caregivers, Children to Enjoy McClung Museum

The staff at the Frank H. McClung Museum has come up with a way for caregivers to enjoy the museum’s offerings without the worry of their children disrupting other visitors. They’ve created the Stroller Tour. Parents, caregivers, squirming babies, and toddlers are invited to the first one on Monday, October 22. It will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the museum’s Decorative Arts Gallery.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Howard Hall

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Howard Hall, a Governor’s Chair professor of nuclear security, has the big idea to take UT’s capabilities and apply them to the challenge of global nuclear security.

Big Idea: Professor Finds New Way of Teaching Computer Programming

Brad Vander Zanden

Brad Vander Zanden, a professor in electrical engineering and computer science, developed a big idea to help beginning computer science students. Vander Zanden created a program to use in Computer Science 102 that gives students an easy way to enter computer programs and test them in class. It is a simplified introduction to the type of programming that professionals do.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Michael Zemel

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Michael Zemel, a professor emeritus of nutrition, had the big idea to start a company which sells nutrition supplements that promote weight loss and healthy blood sugar.