Faculty & Staff News

Response to the Vandalism of an American Flag on Our Campus

The university has received a number of questions about the defacing of an American flag in front of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. We share in the concern our community has expressed about this incident.

TRECS Lower Level Closure During Winter Break

The RecSports department will be installing a new floor in the TRECS Fitness Center area starting December 8 through the remainder of Winter Break. During this time the lower level of the TRECS will be closed. Limited equipment will be offered around the track level, TRECS Court D, and the HPER weight room. TRECS appreciates your patience as we improve

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Office Story: Little Italy Is Hiding in McClung Tower

Who: Renée D’Elia-Zunino is a distinguished lecturer in Italian studies and faculty advisor of UT’s Italian Club. She said she loves sharing not only the Italian language but Italian culture with her students. “Everything my students learn has a purpose.” D’Elia-Zunino and her students also participate in an annual Italian immersion weekend in Kingston, Tennessee.

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Education Center Designed by UT Students, Faculty Earns Top Design Awards

The College of Architecture and Design was recently awarded the 2016 Honor Award by the American Institute of Architects East Tennessee for its design of the Beardsley Farm Education Center, a project of the college’s design/build program. Completed in 2016, the center provides a classroom, office spaces, and restrooms for local residents, volunteers, and farm staff.

It’s Not a Bird! It’s Not a Plane! It’s the Fastest Flying Mammal, Says UT Study

Close up of a Brazilian free-tailed bat. 
(Photo source/credit: Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation)

A new study from UT shows that the Brazilian free-tailed bat can achieve flight speeds that are faster than those previously documented for any bat or bird, achieving short bursts of ground speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. The research was published this week in the journal Royal Society Open Science and featured in the Washington Post.

Journalism Students to Cover World Food Championships

When the World Food Championships—sometimes called the Olympics of the culinary world—takes place in Orange Beach, Alabama, today through Sunday, UT will be behind the scenes and on the sidelines.

Science Forum: Paul Osborne to Discuss Humane Wildlife Services November 11

Paul Osborne will present “The Birthday Snake—When Humans and Wildlife Collide” at the Science Forum on Friday. His talk will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Café, Rooms C-D. The 40-minute presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer discussion. The Science Forum is free and open to the public. Attendees

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Jack Dongarra Named Member of Russian Academy of Sciences Along with Henry Kissinger

Jack Dongarra, director of the Innovative Computing Laboratory in the Tickle College of Engineering, has added another item to his already impressive resume, as the Russian Academy of Sciences has elected him as a member. Another American joins Dongarra in this year’s class: former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was elected to the academy’s wing devoted to global relations.

Public Speaking Center Held Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Last Week

The new Public Speaking Center in Room 260 of the College of Communication and Information held its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, November 2. Funding to create the Public Speaking Center was provided in part by a gift from football great Peyton Manning, who graduated with his bachelor’s degree in communication studies in 1997 and received

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