Community News

Entrepreneurial Journalism Students Challenge Extremism

Students in an entrepreneurial journalism course this fall participated in an international competition to create a social media campaign and strategy to instruct young journalists on how to responsibly report instances of extremism. The campaign was co-sponsored by the US Department of State and Facebook. The UT students came up with the “Report Responsibly” campaign, which provides a call to action for aspiring journalists and media guidelines for reporting on acts of extremism.

Survey: Tennessee Urban Area Population Increasing

A snapshot of urban versus rural Tennessee.

Tennessee’s population, particularly in its urban areas, continues to grow, according to the 2011­–2015 American Community Survey (ACS) five-year estimates released today by the US Census Bureau. A local partner to the bureau, the Tennessee State Data Center, is housed within the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research in UT’s Haslam College of Business.

December 15 is Regular Deadline for Undergraduate Admissions

UT’s regular deadline for admissions is December 15. “It’s a busy time of year, but we want to make sure prospective students and their families don’t miss this important deadline,” Associate Provost for Enrollment Management Kari Alldredge said.

Construction Projects Honored for Excellence in Design

Four construction projects at UT have been honored by American School and University magazine as examples of the best in design among colleges and universities. “We’re pleased with the recognition,” said Dave Irvin, associate vice chancellor for facilities services. “Two of our projects, Strong Hall and the Stokely Family Residence Hall, aren’t even finished yet and they’re earning national praise, which is thrilling,” he said.

Baker Center Releases Update on Future of Tennessee’s Roadway Funding

Matt Murray, director of UT's Baker Center and associate director of the Boyd Center.

In the past three years, many states have increased or introduced new taxes in order to boost roadway funding. Tennessee, however, has made no policy changes and will increasingly confront challenges to its ability to fund roads, according to a new paper by researchers at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

McClung Museum to Host Free Family Fun Day, Stroller Tour in December

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will focus on its collection of bird prints during December with a Family Fun Day December 10 and a Stroller Tour December 12. The museum will feature works from its John James Audubon print collection to highlight winter birds in Tennessee during this programming.

Grissino-Mayer Talks with CNN, other Media Outlets about Wildfires

Henri Grissino-Mayer

Henri Grissino-Mayer, professor of geography, has spoken to multiple media outlets this week after wildfires caused devastation around the Gatlinburg area. He has explained the natural history of forest fires, saying it has always been a matter of when – not if – such events would occur.

Recent Grad Miranda Gottlieb Named a Schwarzman Scholar

Miranda Gottlieb

Miranda Gottlieb, who graduated from UT last spring, has been named to the second class of Schwarzman Scholars, a highly competitive program that offers selected students the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in China. She is the first UT student to be selected for the program, which launched in 2015.

Joint Prehistoric Rock Art Restoration Project Receives National Award

A partnership between UT, federal and state agencies, Indian tribes, and other stakeholders to save a set of centuries-old Native American petroglyphs, pictographs, and historic signatures in Alabama has been honored with a prestigious national preservation award. The initiative brought together researchers and local volunteers to camouflage and remove graffiti that had impacted the images at the Painted Bluff site in Marshall County, Alabama.

UT Geography Expert: Gatlinburg Tragic Fire Was ‘A Safe Prediction’

Henri Grissino-Mayer

When Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, a UT professor of geography, heard about the forest fires threatening Gatlinburg, he was not surprised. For years, Grissino-Mayer has been giving talks throughout Tennessee and the Southeast on the subject “Will Our Great Smoky Mountains One Day Go Up in Flames?”