Faculty & Staff News

UT’s Bandwidth Hits 100 Gigabits Per Second Milestone

For some, getting on the Internet can be a blast. Now, thanks to the Bandwidth for Leadership in Advancing Science and Technology project—known as BLAST—it can also be faster for computer users at UT. A recent upgrade makes it possible for UT users to make use of Internet speeds up to 100 gigabits per second. Most research institutions have Internet speeds around 10 gigabits per second.

Trustees Pass New Budget, Set Tuition

The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees approved a $2.05 billion system-wide budget Thursday and set student tuition and fees for all campuses. UT Knoxville in-state undergraduates will pay between 3 and 6 percent more for tuition beginning this fall. UT Knoxville now has three tuition rates as a result of changes to the 15-4 tuition model last year.

UT’s New Volleyball Facility Named After Cronan

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The new volleyball practice facility is being named the “Joan Cronan Volleyball Practice Facility” after Cronan, who spent three decades working for UT Athletics. The Board of Trustees approved the action on Thursday. Construction on the facility will be completed for the fall 2014 season.

Social Work Associate Director to Participate in White House Summit June 23

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JoAnna Cheatham, associate director of the Office of Research and Public Service in the College of Social Work, will share the university’s successes in uplifting and supporting the state’s families during a White House summit in Washington, DC, next week. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are expected to attend the White House Summit on Working Families, a one-day, invitation-only meeting on Monday, June 23.

Campus Heats Up with Summer Improvements

Work continues on the new Student Union.

With summer school and new student orientation well underway, construction and beautification projects are in full swing throughout campus. Dave Irvin, associate vice chancellor for Facilities Services, said the university plans months ahead to take best advantage of the reduced campus population in June and July. A large focus is placed on sprucing up classrooms, buildings, and grounds. Extensive work is being performed in key academic buildings.

KAT Proposes Trolley to University Commons, Other Changes

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Knoxville Area Transit is proposing an extension of the Vol Line Trolley to serve the new Wal-Mart and Publix at University Commons when the development opens at the end of July. The proposal, along with minor adjustments to other routes, will be voted on by the Knoxville Transportation Authority at their regular meeting at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building, 400 Main Street.

Hines Honored by American Society for Engineering Education

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The American Society for Engineering Education has named Wes Hines, head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, the Glenn Murphy Award winner for 2014. The award, named for one of the pioneering leaders in nuclear engineering at the collegiate level over a four-decade career at Iowa State, is one of the society’s top honors.

In Memoriam: Rabia Gibbs

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Rabia Gibbs, an assistant professor and librarian, passed away on June 15. Gibbs joined the UT Libraries in 2010 as a diversity resident librarian. In 2012 she was appointed digital services and access librarian in Special Collections. Funeral services will be held this week in Gibbs’s hometown of Philadelphia.