College of Law graduate Kirsten Jacobson was recently recognized by the Tennessee Bar Association as the Law Student Volunteer of the Year.
“Stop worrying about things not to eat and focus on a positive mindset of what you should eat.” That’s some New Year’s resolution advice from Lee Murphy, professor of nutrition. “People often think of resolutions as eating less of something or cutting it out altogether, but I think it’s more fun and realistic to try and think positively about food,” she said.
The UT Board of Trustees approved Beverly Davenport to become the eighth chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She will begin on February 15. The board met in a special called meeting Thursday in Nashville. Davenport is the first woman to lead UT Knoxville and the second woman chancellor in UT System history.
UT employees with at least 25 years of service were recognized this week at the university’s fall Service Awards Luncheon. Sixty-seven employees were honored for their continued contributions and loyalty to the University of Tennessee.
A team of faculty and students from the Tickle College of Engineering recently took part in the CANstruction competition in Knoxville. That effort benefits Second Harvest Food Bank, who gets to keep the cans of food that teams use in their designs, more than 83,000 this year alone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.