Every day, Rachel Kronyak walks around the surface of the planet Mars, examining a rock or getting a closer look at a butte framing the horizon. A doctoral student in geology at UT, Kronyak is among a small set of research scientists worldwide testing the use of an augmented reality headset to see how it can help NASA determine whether Mars could support life.
The UT Police Department wishes you a safe and enjoyable holiday season during the upcoming winter break. During the break, campus and surrounding areas will be quiet with students, faculty, and staff leaving for the holidays. The change in campus activity affects how you need to think about safety.
Miranda Gottlieb, who graduated from UT last spring, has been named to the second class of Schwarzman Scholars, a highly competitive program that offers selected students the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in China. She is the first UT student to be selected for the program, which launched in 2015.
On-campus interviews in the search for the next chancellor to lead the UT Institute of Agriculture began yesterday and continue through December 9. Finalists will visit Knoxville, Columbia, and Jackson for meetings with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members. UT Institute of Agriculture Interim Chancellor Tim Cross is the first finalist to participate in
Graduate hooding will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, and undergraduate commencement will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, December 9. Both events will be held in Thompson-Boling Arena. The university will award 1,136 undergraduate degrees, 661 graduate degrees, and six law degrees. Also during the undergraduate ceremony ROTC cadets will be commissioned.
When Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, a UT professor of geography, heard about the forest fires threatening Gatlinburg, he was not surprised. For years, Grissino-Mayer has been giving talks throughout Tennessee and the Southeast on the subject “Will Our Great Smoky Mountains One Day Go Up in Flames?”
A group of UT students will award $30,000 among 14 area nonprofits at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 29, in Room 501 of the Haslam Business Building. The presentation, as well as the process of choosing which nonprofits would receive funds, is part of Alex Miller’s nonprofit management class. Miller described the course as an opportunity for students to learn through service and experience.
Policy experts from the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy will discuss potential policies of a Trump administration based on his published policy stances at 3 p.m. Wednesday, November 30, in the center’s Toyota Auditorium. The discussion, “We Look Ahead: Potential Policies of the Trump Administration,” is free and open to the public.
Need some time to relax and unwind during finals? Take a break at the UT Libraries during De-Stress for Success, Multicultural Student Life’s Finals Prep or Late Night Breakfast, or the Student Success Center’s De-Stress for Success Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction.
Matt Buehler, assistant professor of political science at UT, will give a Global Security Lecture at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 29, in Room 205 of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. He will be joined by political science doctoral student Mehdi Ayari in the presentation, which explains the impact of authoritarian coalitions on Tunisia and explore the authoritarian influence on retaining Tunisian governmental ministers and other ruling elite.