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Vol Court Pitch Competition Kicks Off October 12

Shawn Carson, Vol Court director.

Bring an idea and start a business with the help of Vol Court, a semiannual pitch competition and speaker series hosted by UT’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Vol Court kicks off October 12 with a six-week entrepreneurial speaker series that culminates November 16 in a pitch competition where attendees put what they’ve learned into practice.

Smart Communities Initiative Working on Projects for Downtown Lenoir City

From seeking new uses for old buildings to finding ways to stimulate tourism, UT students are putting classroom lessons into practice in collaboration with Lenoir City, Tennessee, as part of this year’s Smart Communities Initiative (SCI). “Our Smart Communities Initiative is now in its third year and we’re excited to collaborate with our program partner, Lenoir City, on a cluster of projects focused on the downtown area,” said Kelly Ellenburg, director of UT’s Office of Service-Learning, which oversees the SCI.

Baker Center to Host Arab American Institute Co-Founder, Bernie Sanders Advisor

Dr. James Zogby of the Arab American Institute.  January 31, 2008.  Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/LEGAL TIMES.

James Zogby, an expert on the Middle East and adviser to former presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders, will speak at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy Tuesday, October 11. Zogby will deliver the Distinguished Global Security Lecture at 5:30 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium of the Baker Center. The title of his talk is “The US and the Middle East: How We Got into This Mess and What We Can Do about It.” The event is free and open to the public.

UT Art Professor is Leukemia-Lymphoma Society’s Top Fundraiser for Knoxville

Joshua Bienko

Joshua Bienko, assistant professor in the School of Art, was recently named Man of the Year for being the top fundraiser for the Knoxville Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He was honored for bringing in $17,048 of the $142,760 the local chapter raised during its recent 10-week campaign.

Professor Develops App for Patients Who Can’t Speak

Speak For Myself app home screen

Patients who are unable to communicate with their health care providers are now able to better verbalize their needs, thanks to a new app developed by Rebecca Koszalinski, an assistant professor of nursing at UT.

Baker Center Announces October 2016 Lectures and Public Events

The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has released its schedule of events for October. The first event is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 4, with Rich Pacelle, director of the political science department, presenting a talk titled “Forty More Years: The Making of the Clinton/Trump Court.”

UT to Host Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art Oct. 4

Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, will speak at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park at 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 4, as part of the Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture Series sponsored by UT’s College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Cole’s lecture, “The Case for Diversity and Inclusion,” will take place in the Grand Pavilion Ballroom.

Students Complete 1,157-Mile Tour of the Tennessee River

Image of the Tennessee River in Savannah, Tennessee, taken by the UT School of Landscape Architecture's drone during the 2016 river tour.

Four states, five days, 1,157 miles, and all the catfish they could eat. A dozen College of Architecture and Design students have completed their tour of the Tennessee River, but their work has just begun. They traveled along the Tennessee River through Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Kentucky to understand the influences and impacts on the river system.

UT Co-Hosts Stargazing Party in Calhoun County, West Virginia, September 30–October 2

Amateur and professional stargazers alike are invited to watch the nighttime sky during an event in Calhoun County, West Virginia, from September 30 to October 2. A partnership that includes UT will present the third annual Calhoun Stargaze at Calhoun County Park. The park boasts one of the darkest night skies in the eastern United States.