For some, getting on the Internet can be a blast. Now, thanks to the Bandwidth for Leadership in Advancing Science and Technology project—known as BLAST—it can also be faster for computer users at UT. A recent upgrade makes it possible for UT users to make use of Internet speeds up to 100 gigabits per second. Most research institutions have Internet speeds around 10 gigabits per second.
The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees approved a $2.05 billion system-wide budget Thursday and set student tuition and fees for all campuses. UT Knoxville in-state undergraduates will pay between 3 and 6 percent more for tuition beginning this fall. UT Knoxville now has three tuition rates as a result of changes to the 15-4 tuition model last year.
The new volleyball practice facility is being named the “Joan Cronan Volleyball Practice Facility” after Cronan, who spent three decades working for UT Athletics. The Board of Trustees approved the action on Thursday. Construction on the facility will be completed for the fall 2014 season.
With summer school and new student orientation well underway, construction and beautification projects are in full swing throughout campus. Dave Irvin, associate vice chancellor for Facilities Services, said the university plans months ahead to take best advantage of the reduced campus population in June and July. A large focus is placed on sprucing up classrooms, buildings, and grounds. Extensive work is being performed in key academic buildings.
Work will start Thursday, June 19, to relocate an accessible pedestrian ramp on the north side of Joe Johnson Drive on the Agriculture Campus.
In the early-morning hours during student orientation sessions this summer, traffic on a section of Melrose Avenue between Hodges Library and Tyson Alumni House will be redirected eastbound toward Volunteer Boulevard.
Whodunnit? Or rather, how’d they do it? That will be the question students will be trying to answer next week when the Department of Materials Science and Engineering welcomes budding detectives to its annual Materials Camp. Reading like an episode of TV’s “CSI,” the camp will give high school students a chance to solve various clues to the identity of an unknown perpetrator based on the use of a wide array of techniques and tools used by materials scientists.
Each week hundreds of East Tennesseans visit the UT Farmers Market to pick up fresh produce, local food, and enjoy a variety of entertainment and activities. The Farmers Market is broadening its reach through Grow More, Give More, a partnership between the Institute of Agriculture and the Society of St. Andrew aimed at feeding Knoxville’s hungry neighbors and reducing food waste.
The UT-licensed public radio station, WUOT 91.9 FM, has received a prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. The station’s documentary I’m Still Here: My HIV Life was chosen as the best audio documentary in the Small Market division by the Radio Television Digital News Association.
UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will offer a free family fun day to showcase portraits from the temporary exhibit The Collector’s Eye: American and European Art from the McClung Museum on Saturday, June 21. The 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. event will take place in the exhibit gallery and the museum’s lobby. The family fun day will include educational activities focused on the exhibit, and children can make an exhibit-inspired craft to take home.