Howard H. Baker Jr., former US senator and founder of UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, died on Thursday, June 26. He was eighty-eight. Baker earned his law degree from the UT in 1949. The Baker Center was founded in 2003 as a nonpartisan institute devoted to education and research concerning public policy and civic engagement. Baker received the university’s first honorary doctorate in spring 2005.
Today we learned of the passing of Senator Howard H. Baker. “Our country has lost a great statesman and a great Tennessean,” said Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “Senator Baker will live on in our hearts forever as a man who believed that government was to serve the people.”
Beginning July 1, two new changes to Tennessee law will impact our residency rules for students. Both changes will take effect for students beginning fall semester.
The Higher Education Case Managers Association has honored Ashley Blamey, director of the Center for Health Education and Wellness, with its top award.
UT researchers are using supercomputing to simulate the interactions of drug compounds and proteins in the body. The computers allow them to rapidly collect and analyze data which could make medicine cheaper, find new uses for existing drugs, and enhance the understanding of a drug’s potential side effects.
The UT Psychological Clinic is now operating in the UT Conference Center—a new location that will allow it to see more clients and be more accessible to the general public.
Denver Broncos quarterback and Vols legend Peyton Manning was on campus Monday to present the Peyton Manning Scholarship to incoming freshman Haslam Scholars Stephen Alexander “Alex” Crockett and Cody Sain. The Peyton Manning Scholarship program is now in its seventeenth year and has benefited 21 students. It is now awarded annually to two incoming Haslam Scholars.
For more than seven decades, UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have forged special connections in a number of key areas, perhaps none stronger than the personnel that the two share. That particular bond was on display recently when members of UT’s Office of Professional Practice visited the facilities at ORNL, meeting more than sixty engineering students involved in summer internships at the lab.
Exactly 100 of Tennessee’s top high school students are spending part of their summer on campus as part of the annual Governor’s Schools for the Sciences and Engineering.
The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will host a free public lecture about early twentieth-century artists in Knoxville on Thursday, June 26. The 6:00 p.m. talk is in connection with the special exhibit The Collector’s Eye: American and European Art from the McClung Museum.