Current Students News

Students Design Billboards to Encourage People to Vote


Some students from the School of Journalism and Electronic Media are urging people to get out and vote in a big way. Their messages are on billboards around the Knoxville area. Rob Heller, a JEM professor in the College of Communication and Information, asked his media graphics students to design posters encouraging people to vote in the upcoming election. “I’m very proud of their creative work,” Heller said.

Emery Co-Authors Study on Detection of Water on Asteroid Named Psyche


Professor Josh Emery has helped detect water on Psyche, the largest metallic asteroid in the solar system. The asteroid is the target of a proposed NASA mission. The study, published in the Astronomical Journal under the auspices of the US Geological Survey and NASA, provides evidence for water-rich minerals on Psyche, an asteroid that is 186 miles across and is made of almost pure nickel-iron metal.

Details Finalized for Diversity Engineering Scholarship Program

In accordance with a new Tennessee law, Public Chapter 1066, UT has reallocated approximately $436,000 in the university’s 2016–17 fiscal year budget for scholarships to be awarded through a new minority engineering scholarship program.

Homecoming Week Begins October 30; Celebration Marks 100th Anniversary


One hundred years ago, UT held its first Homecoming celebration. Three hundred alumni attended. This year, thousands of Volunteers are expected to participate in Homecoming activities which begin Sunday, October 30, and culminate next weekend with the UT vs. Tennessee Tech football game and several events, including a free Saturday-night concert on Market Square. This

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McClung Museum Launches New Online Collections Search Tool

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture has launched a new online collections search tool as part of its newly redesigned website. The online search capability was launched with 1,270 objects from featured collections, including the museum’s map collection, Roman objects, art works on paper, and selected historic photographs.

Open Access Week: Publish in Open Access Journals

Open access journals make research results freely available to all, without subscription costs. But not all open access journals are the same. Librarians recommend a quick way to find open access journals that meet recognized publishing standards.

Local Historian Jack Neely to Give Lecture on Knoxville History at McClung Museum

Knoxville journalist and historian Jack Neely will give the talk “Subterranean Knoxville: The Buried Narrative of a Distracted City” at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 30, at the McClung Museum. The lecture, which is part of programming related to current special exhibition Knoxville Unearthed: Archaeology in the Heart of the Valley, is free and open to the public.

Baker Center Announces Newest Class of Scholars

UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has added 14 new Baker Scholars to its program, bringing the total number to 30. “This select group of students have an academic and career interest in public policy and government,” said Nissa Dahlin-Brown, associate director of the Baker Center. “It is a unique experience for undergraduates to be able to target an issue they are passionate about; research it; and discover ideas, solutions, and unintended consequences.”