Faculty & Staff News

Steam Plant Conversion Continues

Big changes are already taking place at the UT Steam Plant as part of its ongoing conversion project. The project, which began in March, includes the elimination of coal use at the plant through the replacement of the plant’s coal-fired boilers with high-efficiency, natural gas/fuel oil boilers.

Humanities Center Lecture Series Begins September 3 with Art Scholar

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American art scholar Alexander Nemerov will kick off the UT Humanities Center’s third annual Distinguished Lecture Series on September 3. Nemerov’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is entitled “Lewis Hine in the Southeast: Child Labor Photographs, 1908–1912.”

Webinar Scheduled for New Interim Sexual Misconduct Policy

The Office of Equity and Diversity and the Office of the General Counsel are hosting a webinar, “The University’s Interim Policy on Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence: What Employees Need to Know,” from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 4. The webinar will highlight key aspects of the new policy.

Heading to University Commons? Take the Trolley

With the new University Commons retail complex now open, our campus community has more local shopping options. We also now have the option of getting there by taking the Vol Line free trolley. The Walmart opened earlier this month and the development’s other anchor tenant—Publix—opens Thursday.

Information Sciences Professor Dania Bilal Receives Google Research Award

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Dania Bilal, a professor of information sciences, has received a Google Research Award to further her work on how children read and assess the readability of Google’s search results pages. One of the goals of this research is to modify Google’s Reading Level measure. Bilal will receive $41,363 from Google.

Pregame Showcase Marks Twenty-Fifth Year with Diverse Topics, Noted Faculty

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It’s football time in Tennessee, and that means a new Pregame Showcase lineup. Now in its twenty-fifth season, the Pregame Showcase gives fans the chance to hear from esteemed faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences prior to each gridiron matchup. This year’s first showcase will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 31, before the Vols face the Utah State Aggies.

Professor’s Civil War Book Wins Critics Choice Award

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The Civil War changed a lot in America. Hundreds of thousands died. Millions of slaves were freed. And the country’s higher education system was transformed. A book by a UT history professor—which explores how the war reshaped colleges—is being honored with a prestigious book award.