Faculty & Staff News

New UT-Based National Institute Explores Evaluation Science

A new national institute has been established at UT to provide independent evaluations of research and education programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The institute also will generate new knowledge about the ways in which integrated STEM programs function successfully.

Baker Center to Host Arab American Institute Co-Founder, Bernie Sanders Advisor

Dr. James Zogby of the Arab American Institute.  January 31, 2008.  Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/LEGAL TIMES.

James Zogby, an expert on the Middle East and adviser to former presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders, will speak at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy Tuesday, October 11. Zogby will deliver the Distinguished Global Security Lecture at 5:30 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium of the Baker Center. The title of his talk is “The US and the Middle East: How We Got into This Mess and What We Can Do about It.” The event is free and open to the public.

UT Art Professor is Leukemia-Lymphoma Society’s Top Fundraiser for Knoxville

Joshua Bienko

Joshua Bienko, assistant professor in the School of Art, was recently named Man of the Year for being the top fundraiser for the Knoxville Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He was honored for bringing in $17,048 of the $142,760 the local chapter raised during its recent 10-week campaign.

Five Professors Named Fulbright Scholars for 2016–17 Academic Year

Four UT professors are serving as Fulbright Scholars this academic year—Micah Beck, Sarah Eldridge, Krista Wiegand, and Songning Zhang. Funded by the US government, Fulbright Scholars are chosen based on their leadership and their abilities to teach, conduct research and contribute to solutions for shared international concerns.

From Pokémon Go to Birdwatching: UT Scientist Studies How We Express Our Inner Hunter


Interested in birding or wildlife photography? Enjoy playing Pokémon Go and catching imaginary creatures? If so, you may simply be expressing your inner hunter. So says a new study from Vladimir Dinets, a research assistant professor of psychology at UT. Dinets used himself as a case study to demonstrate that at least some humans do have a hunting instinct—or, more precisely, an innate interest in finding and catching prey.

Student Travels to Three Continents to Study Architecture and Cultural Identity

Catherine Dozier, a third-year graduate student in UT's College of Architecture and Design.

Catherine Dozier, a graduate student in the College of Architecture and Design, traveled the world this summer to study the importance of cultural identity and analyze the ways in which it affects the design of public architecture. Her travels were made possible by the Aydelott Travel Award, an endowed scholarship by the late architect Alfred Aydelott and his wife, Hope.

UT Joins I-Corps South to Expand Entrepreneurial Training

UT will receive grant funding to teach technology entrepreneurship, perform research, and foster innovation through the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program. A public-private partnership, I-Corps was created in 2011 to train researchers to evaluate the commercial potential of their scientific discoveries.

Baker Center Report: Consumers Benefit from Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

David Greene, senior fellow at UT's Baker Center.

Consumers at all income levels have benefited from improvements that have made vehicles more fuel efficient. That’s the finding of a study recently published by David Greene, a senior fellow at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, and Jilleah Welch, Baker Center research associate.

Professor Develops App for Patients Who Can’t Speak

Speak For Myself app home screen

Patients who are unable to communicate with their health care providers are now able to better verbalize their needs, thanks to a new app developed by Rebecca Koszalinski, an assistant professor of nursing at UT.