Faculty & Staff News

Art Professor’s Film Debuts Internationally at Prestigious Edinburgh Festival

Writer/director Paul Harrill, left, and cinematographer Kunitaro Ohi on the set of Something, Anything.

The film of a UT art professor will debut this month at he longest continually running film festival in the world. Something, Anything, a full-length feature film written and directed by Paul Harrill, will be shown June 19 and 21 at the United Kingdom-based Edinburgh International Film Festival. The movie is one of twelve selected from the United States for the festival’s American Dreams section.

Blaze to Serve Last Year as Dean of the College of Law

Blaze

Doug Blaze is beginning his final year as dean of the College of Law. He has decided to return to teaching full time. The search for a new dean is underway. The goal is to fill the position by July 2015. Bob Rider, dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, is chairing the search.

Orientation Traffic Reverses Melrose Avenue

Traffic Cones

During New Student Orientation session, traffic will be reversed on Melrose Avenue from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on the dates listed below, flowing from Hodges Library to Volunteer Boulevard. UT Police Officers will be on hand to direct traffic.

Class of 2018 Orientation Sessions Kick Off Next Week

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek (third from left) and Assistant Vice Chancellor Melissa Shivers (second from right) pose with orientation leaders during the summer of 2013.

The Office of New Student and Family Programs has been hard at work preparing to welcome 4,100 members of the Class of 2018 for orientation. The first session begins Monday. Twelve one-and-a-half day sessions will run from June to July. Twenty-six orientation leaders will meet new students, parents, and other family members.

Professor’s Research Into Droplets Could Lead to Breakthroughs in Detection, Clean Water

assistant professor Andy Sarles and researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a method to create air-stable water droplet networks that are valuable for applications in biological sensing and membrane research. Photo by Kyle Kuykendall

The ability to pull water out of fog is just one of many possibilities made real by research involving assistant professor Andy Sarles of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering. The project Sarles took part in—Air-Stable Droplet Interface Bilayers on Oil-Infused Surfaces—was published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Czech Mates: College of Engineering Strengthens Ties with University in Prague

UT student Emily Frame rearranges the fuel in the core of a reactor at Czech Technical University in Prague while an instructor oversees and inspects the process.

For many college students, the week after graduation signals an opportunity to travel. For a lucky few, that might even include a trip abroad. For a group of Department of Nuclear Engineering students, it means both a chance to head to Europe and the opportunity of a lifetime. Led by assistant professors Ondrej Chvala and Eric Lukosi, the nine students are in Prague, Czech Republic, spending time with their counterparts at Czech Technical University and even taking a trip to the uranium mine in Roznika.