Two principals from Sevier County and Davidson County, respectively, are the latest recipients of awards that recognize outstanding education leaders in the state. Benjamin T. Clabo, principal of Pigeon Forge High School in Sevier County, is the recipient of the University Council for Educational Administration Excellence in Educational Leadership Award. J. Terry Shrader, principal at Hillsboro High School in Davidson County, has received the William J. and Lucille H. Field Award for Excellence in Secondary Principalship for the State of Tennessee.
The National Science Foundation area of the USA Science and Engineering Festival will have a UT feel thanks to a spot in the prestigious event going to CURENT, the Center for Ultra-Wide-Area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks. Housed in the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building in UT’s College of Engineering, CURENT is a UT-led multi-institution research group focused on making the electrical grid more efficient, particularly in the area of energy transportation.
First-ranking Chinese musician Xiaojun Huo will perform “A Harmony of Strings” on April 24 at UT. The performance begins at 1:30 p.m. in the University Center auditorium, and is free and open to the public. Huo is the first-ranking erhu player in China. The erhu is a two-stringed bowed musical instrument that originated in China and is known in the western world as the “Chinese violin.”
POLITICO senior writer Todd Purdum will talk about his new book—An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964—on Wednesday, April 23, at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Purdum’s talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium of the Baker Center. Afterward, he will sign copies of his book, which will be for sale on site.
US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will be on campus Friday, April 25, to provide the Baker Distinguished Lecture on Energy and the Environment and to talk about the Department of Energy and its activities in the state of Tennessee. Moniz’s lecture will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Room 132 of the College of Law. The lecture is free and open to the public.
John Luther Adams, a composer who this week was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music, will visit campus on Monday, April 21, as part of Earth Day celebrations in the community. From 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., he will work with students during their rehearsal. At 6:00 p.m., Adams will present a lecture about his work, his compositions, and how they relate to his life as an environmental activist. It will be held in Room 109 of the UT Art and Architecture Building.
The most comprehensive bibliography of sources related to the Great Smoky Mountains is now available for purchase from the University of Tennessee Press. Terra Incognita: An Annotated Bibliography of the Great Smoky Mountains, 1544-1934, is the culmination of fifteen years of research. It catalogs printed material on the Great Smoky Mountains from the earliest map documenting the De Soto expedition in the sixteenth century to writings that were instrumental in the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Haleh Esfandiari, founder and director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will give the Distinguished Global Security Lecture on Monday, April 21, at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Free and open to the public, her talk—”Iran: Defender or Disrupter of Regional Security?”—will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Baker Center Toyota Auditorium.
The Ready for the World Café will continue its edible expedition with a taste of Thailand on Tuesday, April 22. The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the UT Visitors Center. Lunch will consist of a papaya salad with shrimp, green curry beef, sweet and sour fish, and coconut pumpkin custard. Cost is $12 and the faculty-staff discount does not apply. Advance tickets are required.
Avery Dobbs, a senior majoring in political science with a history minor, has received a 2014–2015 Fulbright International Scholarship to teach English in Bulgaria.