Social media chatter during this week’s vice-presidential debate was overwhelmingly negative toward both candidates—and those negative feelings carried over to the presidential candidates. Those were among the main takeaways reported by UT’s Political Social Media Research Group.
UT’s Korn Learning, Assessment, and Social Skills Center will soon accept applications for Postsecondary Autism Support Services, a new program developed to support the needs of UT students with autism spectrum disorders. The program will officially launch in fall 2017.
The 2016 Barefoot Benefit, a 5K foot race and community festival organized by students in the Haslam College of Business, is set for 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16, in Sequoyah Hills Park. Race registration and activities begin at 12:30 p.m.
Speculative architect Liam Young will lecture at UT’s College of Architecture and Design at 5:30 p.m. Monday, October 10, as part of the Robert B. Church Memorial Lecture Series. Speculative architects use the built environment to express themselves in a way that’s similar to how storytellers use words.
A noted entomologist, nature photographer and explorer will speak at UT on Tuesday, October 11. Mark Moffett, also known as Doctor Bugs, will present a lecture exploring the connection between social identity and the evolution of societies. He is a research associate in entomology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.
While many students head home for fall break, 92 Volunteers will head to cities across the Southeast to lend a hand to populations in need during the Alternative Break program offered by UT’s Center for Leadership and Service.
Bring an idea and start a business with the help of Vol Court, a semiannual pitch competition and speaker series hosted by UT’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Vol Court kicks off October 12 with a six-week entrepreneurial speaker series that culminates November 16 in a pitch competition where attendees put what they’ve learned into practice.
From seeking new uses for old buildings to finding ways to stimulate tourism, UT students are putting classroom lessons into practice in collaboration with Lenoir City, Tennessee, as part of this year’s Smart Communities Initiative (SCI). “Our Smart Communities Initiative is now in its third year and we’re excited to collaborate with our program partner, Lenoir City, on a cluster of projects focused on the downtown area,” said Kelly Ellenburg, director of UT’s Office of Service-Learning, which oversees the SCI.
James Zogby, an expert on the Middle East and adviser to former presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders, will speak at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy Tuesday, October 11. Zogby will deliver the Distinguished Global Security Lecture at 5:30 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium of the Baker Center. The title of his talk is “The US and the Middle East: How We Got into This Mess and What We Can Do about It.” The event is free and open to the public.
Students at UT will have the chance to learn about study, intern, research, and service-learning opportunities during the Study Abroad Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 5, on the ground, first, and second floors of John C. Hodges Library.