Faculty & Staff News

Take Advantage of Free, Confidential Counseling Services

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Whether you may be experiencing divorce, loss of a loved one, financial crisis, or other personal issues, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to you. The program provides free, confidential counseling to help employees and family members in times of need. All regular UT employees working 75 percent time or more and their spouses and dependent children are eligible to take advantage of services.

UT Study Finds Crocodiles are Sophisticated Hunters

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Recent studies have found that crocodiles and their relatives are highly intelligent animals capable of sophisticated behavior such as advanced parental care, complex communication, and use of tools for hunting.

College of Law Dean Candidate Visits Campus October 14

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John A. Lovett, a candidate for dean of the College of Law, will lead a public forum from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, in College of Law Classroom 132. Lovett is the De Van D. Daggett Jr. Distinguished Professor and the associate dean for faculty development and faculty academic affairs at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Once all candidates have completed their visits, archived video of the presentations will be posted on the Office of the Provost’s website.

Professor Part of NASA Team Preparing for 2020 Mars Mission

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Over the next five years, Jeffrey Moersch will be traveling to faraway places—from the Arctic to the Chilean desert—in a quest to learn more about a place even farther away—Mars. The earth and planetary sciences professor is part of a new NASA-funded research team helping prepare for the Mars 2020 rover mission. The interdisciplinary team is a member of the NASA Astrobiology Institute and is one of seven to receive a five-year grant of about $8 million.

Chancellor Provides Update on Top 25 Journey

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UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek shared an update with the UT Board of Trustees last week describing the “dramatic progress” and “tremendous amount of momentum” in the university’s journey to become a Top 25 public research university.

College of Law Dean Candidate Visits Campus October 10

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Melanie Wilson, a candidate for dean of the College of Law, will lead a public forum from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, October 10, in College of Law Classroom 132. Wilson is a professor of law and associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Kansas School of Law. Once all candidates have completed their visits, archived video of the presentations will be posted on the Office of the Provost’s website.

History Channel Show Featuring UT’s Jackson Papers to Air on Saturday

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The History Channel’s Ten Things You Don’t Know About show featuring UT’s Papers of Andrew Jackson staff will air at 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11. History Professor Dan Feller and Research Associate Professor Tom Coens were involved in the shoot with the show’s star, punk rock musician Henry Rollins. Ten Things You Don’t Know About looks at interesting “twists and tidbits behind the historical tales, figures, and places you only thought you knew.”

New Norris House Lands National Research Award

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The New Norris House, a sustainable home and landscape designed by UT students and faculty has earned a national Honor Award for Research from the American Society of Landscape Architects.