Faculty & Staff News

Knoxville Immigrants Invited to Participate in ‘Unknown Americans’ Project

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The First-Year Studies program is partnering with Cristina Henriquez, the author of this year’s Life of the Mind book, The Book of Unknown Americans, and inviting the Knoxville community to participate in “The Unknown Americans Project” on Tumblr. The aim of the project is to shed light on the often untold stories of immigrants in America.

Big South Fork hosting program to celebrate ‘blue moon’

Paul Lewis, director of UT’s planetarium and space science outreach, will lead an exploration of the blue moon–the second full moon in a calendar month–later this week. Lewis, along with rangers from the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will celebrate this occurrence during an 8:00 p.m. program July 31 at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center.

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UT researchers trying to stop the spread of canine distemper

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WVLT Local 8 Now featured students and faculty at UT who are investigating ways to stop the spread of canine distemper, a devastating disease affecting dogs—particularly those in animal shelters. The team, part of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, is using math models to study how the disease spreads through a shelter once the

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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.