Faculty & Staff News

Black-Pierce Award Recognizes Law Student’s Pro Bono, Public Interest Work

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Law Professors Jerry Black and Carl Pierce retired this summer and, in their honor, an award was established to recognize a third-year law student who is active in pro bono and public interest work and intent on pursuing a career in the field. The 2014 award was presented to recent graduate Brooke Boyd.

Clarence Brown Theatre Honored for Production of Whipping Man

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The East Tennessee Historical Society has recognized UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre for its production of The Whipping Man, a haunting Civil War-era play that tackles difficult issues and the region’s history. The theater received the Award of Distinction this month from the historical society for its adaptation of the play.

DOE Looks to Dongarra for Input on Computing Advances

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The US Department of Energy recently released a report through its Office of Science detailing the top ten research challenges in reaching the level of exascale computing, once again calling on Jack Dongarra for input. Dongarra, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, director of the Innovative Computing Laboratory and one of five National Academy of Engineering members at UT, has long been at the forefront of exascale computing, or computing at roughly a thousand times the capability of recent supercomputers.

Reger Appointed Research Director for Anderson Center

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Rhonda Reger, a professor of strategic management and entrepreneurship has been appointed director of research for the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She will be responsible for fostering and generating external funding to support entrepreneurship research.

Destination Imagination Brings Celebrities, Students to Campus

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A record-setting 1,414 student teams from forty-one states and sixteen countries will converge on our campus for the Destination Imagination Global Finals. The competition will be held May 21 through 24. Destination Imagination is a nonprofit organization that provides learning opportunities to enrich the global community. This is the fourteenth year Knoxville has hosted the creative thinking and problem-solving competition for kindergarten through university-level students.

Blackwell Wins Nabokov Prize for Book

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Stephen H. Blackwell, a professor of Russian, won the 2013 prize for the Best Scholarly Contribution in the area of Nabokov Studies with his 2009 book The Quill and the Scalpel: Nabokov’s Art and the Worlds of Science. He received the award from the Nabokov Online Journal during a special ceremony at the Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris, France, in April. The award carries a $600 cash prize.

Study: Integrating Purchasing, Logistics Yields Better Business Results

Organizations that closely integrate their purchasing and logistics functions deliver better business results, according to a new study from UT’s Global Supply Chain Institute. But the study, involving more than 180 supply chain professionals, also shows that many firms fail to capitalize on this opportunity and have supply chains where purchasing and logistics operate in “silos” with little cohesion.

Utility Work Closes Traffic Lanes on Cumberland Avenue

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A major utility upgrade has closed a portion of traffic lanes on Cumberland Avenue. The university’s steam line, which crosses Cumberland Avenue, is being upgraded. Work crews are relocating water, gas, and sewer lines before the steam line work begins. During the first phase of work, one lane of Cumberland Avenue between Eleventh and Thirteenth streets will be closed Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The project is set to be complete by mid-August.

Show Support for UT Veterans with Buddy Poppies

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The university’s Task Force in Support of Student Veterans plans to distribute 1,000 “Buddy Poppies” to faculty, staff, and students to wear the week before Memorial Day, May 19 through 24. Last year, the Task Force passed out 1,000 poppies, and had more than 500 additional requests. The Buddy Poppy movement was started by the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization after World War I. It was inspired by the poem “In Flanders Field” by John McCrae, which described the red poppies growing on a battle site where many soldiers were buried.