Faculty & Staff News

UT Faculty Host International Analytics Conference November 13–16

Bogdan Bischescu, an associate professor of management science at UT, is serving as program chair for the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) annual conference November 13–16 in Nashville, along with seven faculty members from the Haslam College of Business and Tickle College of Engineering.

College of Communication and Information to Kick Off Fundraising Campaign

Celebrating cutting-edge facilities and the appointment of world-class faculty who are helping to prepare students for communication jobs of the future, the College of Communication and Information will launch the public phase of a $15 million campaign. The Investing in the Journey to the Top 25 campaign announcement will be made tonight as part of the college’s annual awards banquet.

On Campus Interviews Conclude Today: Share Your Feedback Now

The archived webcasts from the faculty and staff forums for each of the three chancellor finalists—Alexander Cartwright, Beverly Davenport, and Pamela Whitten—are available on the search website. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to submit their feedback by the close of business today.

National, International Media Highlight McCracken Bat Flight Study

A UT new study by Gary McCracken, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, 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. Several national and international media outlets including the Washington Post and WIRED have featured the research.

Native American Student Association to Host Heritage Celebration Weekend

The Native American Student Association at UT with the support of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the university’s Ready for the World initiative are marking Native American Heritage Month with some special events on Saturday. An exhibition of powwow dancing in the HPER atrium will begin at 9:30 a.m.

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.