Faculty & Staff News

Annual Orange-Blue Blood Drive Battle Kicks Off Monday

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Tennessee and Kentucky fans will have another chance to compete just days after the two football teams meet at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, November 15. The twenty-seventh annual Orange-Blue Blood Drive Battle will take place Monday, November 17, through Friday, November 21.

UT Mic/Nite Highlights Faculty Research from All Colleges

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Eleven UT faculty members will present their research—ranging from George Washington’s political leadership fail to interactive art projects using a five-foot opossum—in seven minutes or less at this fall’s Mic/Nite on Wednesday, November 12, at the Relix Variety Theatre.

Student Veteran Who Aided in Somali Pirate Rescue Now Works with UT Vets

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Five years ago, as a US Navy petty officer on the USS Bainbridge, Melina Gardner—now a UT senior in sociology—found herself in the middle of a four-day standoff between the Navy and Somali pirates during the now-famous rescue of the ship’s captain Richard Phillips. As Veterans Day approaches, Gardner reflects on her experiences and how she now helps other veterans in the university’s Office of Veterans Affairs.

Institutional Research and Assessment Website Wins Regional Award

UT’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment recently won a first-place award at the Southern Association for Institutional Research (SAIR) annual conference. Each year, SAIR recognizes the best of its member institutions’ fact books and websites. UT won the first-place award for best website.

UT, ORNL Team Up in Possible Spintronics Advancement

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The study of the properties of boundaries between different materials—something that could one day change the world of electronics—is getting a boost from research being done by scientists in UT’s College of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.