Faculty & Staff News

Neal Stewart’s Perspective on Songwriting and Science

What does songwriting have in common with science? Neal Stewart, who holds the Ivan Racheff Chair of Excellence in Plant Molecular Genetics in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, describes their similarities in an essay published in the July 24 issue of Science.

Teachers test egg drop, model rockets at UT aerospace workshop

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The News Sentinel recently featured UT’s summer aerospace workshop that aims to help teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade bring STEM education into the classroom through hands-on activities such as egg drops, and building model planes and rockets. The paper also interviewed Paul Lewis, director of UT’s planetarium and space science outreach who teaches astronomy and model rocket

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UT-ORNL Nuclear Expert Wirth Honored in Washington, DC

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Nuclear energy expert Brian Wirth, a joint UT College of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory appointee, received the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award from US Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at a Washington, DC, ceremony Thursday night.

Students Use Their Skills to Create Marketing Strategy for Autism Community

A photo of a residence in Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville taken by one of the students involved in the project, Lisa Leturno, an advertising major.

UT senior Gabby Miller has spent her summer using the public relations skills she’s learned in the classroom to help local adults affected by autism. She and her seventeen classmates in the capstone Campaigns course have been creating an integrated marketing communications strategy for Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville, a local autism support organization.

England Chronicles: Chamber Singers Tour Historic Castles in Kent

Chamber singers Heather Gamble, Haley Retterer, Ashton Brooke, Rachel Brown, and Taylor Stone on the edge of the English Channel with the White Cliffs of Dover in the background.

Castles, more Choral Evensong performances in Canterbury Cathedral, and a benefit concert in another famous church. These are among the adventures in the repertoire of UT Chamber Singers, who will soon be halfway through their twelve-day tour of England, where they are performing in some of the country’s most historic and best-known cathedrals.

Mark Dadmun Named Fellow of American Chemical Society

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A UT expert in polymers has been named a 2015 fellow of the American Chemical Society. Mark Dadmun, professor of chemistry, joins a list of seventy-eight distinguished academics who have made significant contributions to science and their profession.

Law Professor: Legal Profession’s Challenges Bring Benefits

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Today’s legal profession faces a number of challenges, including a smaller job market and fewer law school applicants. But College of Law Professor Benjamin Barton argues that these struggles may transform the practice of law and benefit American consumers.

Icove Named National Academy of Forensic Engineers Fellow

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David Icove, the UL Professor of Practice in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UT, was recently awarded one of the top honors in his field as he was chosen a fellow of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers.

Students Conduct Research to Control Canine Distemper

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Undergraduates from across the country and their research mentors at UT are investigating ways to manage and control outbreaks of canine distemper virus, a devastating disease affecting dogs—particularly those in animal shelters—and other wildlife.

In Memoriam: Steve Thomas

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Steve Thomas, a longtime librarian at UT and a former president of the Faculty Senate, passed away on July 15.