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UT’s International Festival Celebrates Cultural Awareness and Sharing

UT’s international organizations will sell food and artifacts and stage live performances representing their culture during the 29th annual International Festival hosted by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, International House. Cultures represented will include Japan, Turkey, Africa, Russia, China and Latin America, to name a few.

Underwriters Laboratories Supporting College of Engineering Course

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UT students will soon be able to take part in a first-of-its-kind offering thanks to a new partnership between the College of Engineering and Underwriters Laboratories, known to many for their familiar “UL” mark on a variety of products. A “professor of practice” position, the first so named at UT, is being established with the goal of offering a course in fire engineering forensics that could change the way many things, from appliances to residences, are built.

UT Faculty Part of White House Tour

Several UT faculty members will be accompanying City of Knoxville and White House officials on a Climate Resiliency Tour around Knoxville today. The event will look at how Knoxville’s South Waterfront redevelopment plan and urban wilderness conservation efforts are making the community more resilient to the impact of climate change.

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to Visit UT Law on April 15

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be at UT to present the annual Rose Lecture on Tuesday, April 15. The event will take place at noon in the Alumni Memorial Building’s Cox Auditorium. Sponsored by UT’s College of Law, the lecture is open to law students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as members of the federal, state, and local judiciary, university administrators, and other members of the campus community.

UT Selects Daytripper as 2014 Life of the Mind Book

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Daytripper, an award-winning Brazilian graphic narrative that offers a powerful examination of life, love, and other timeless themes, will be UT’s 2014 Life of the Mind book. The Life of the Mind Program is a component of First-Year Studies 100, a required online course that helps first-year students transition successfully to college.

UT Conference to Look at How Women in STEM Can Thrive in Industry, Academia

Women comprise less than a quarter of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) workforce in the United States, and they are most likely to leave those jobs compared to men. A workshop to familiarize women in the mathematical sciences with professional opportunities in academics, industry, and government labs and help them thrive in mathematics-related fields, will be held April 9–11 at UT.

Section of Pat Head Summitt Street to Close This Week

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A section of Pat Head Summitt Street south of the intersection with Johnny Majors Drive will be closed early in the morning on Tuesday, April 8, and will reopen late in the afternoon on Friday, April 11.

Endowed Scholarship Established in Honor of McMinn County Educator

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UT has established the Harold “Prof” Powers Scholarship for McMinn County, Tennessee, students, thanks to a gift from Athens native and UT alumnus Larry Pratt. The scholarship is designed to enhance access by eliminating financial barriers to attend the state’s flagship research university.

Jazz Jam: WUOT Debuts New Jazz Program Tonight

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UT’s public radio station, WUOT 91.9 FM, will launch its newest program, Jazz Jam, tonight. The program is hosted by Kelle Jolly, who has made an impact in Knoxville as a singer, actress, and fashion designer.

Kessel Named Dougherty Award Winner by UT College of Engineering

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Longtime Knoxville and Knox County political icon Dwight Kessel was the guest of honor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Engineering awards on Thursday night, where he received the 2014 Nathan W. Dougherty Award, the college’s most prestigious honor.