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UT Board Approves Beverly Davenport as Knoxville Chancellor

The UT Board of Trustees approved Beverly Davenport to become the eighth chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She will begin on February 15. The board met in a special called meeting Thursday in Nashville. Davenport is the first woman to lead UT Knoxville and the second woman chancellor in UT System history.

Holy Batcave! Personal Sighting Leads Dinets to New Data on Spectral Bat

Spectral bats, also called false vampire bats for their imposing size—a wingspan of over three feet—are the largest bats in the Americas and typically roost in trees in lowland forests. Vladimir Dinets, UT research assistant professor of psychology, has discovered evidence that the species also can live in caves and is more adaptable than previously thought, thanks to personal observation and information gleaned from social media accounts of tourists.

Entrepreneurial Journalism Students Challenge Extremism

Students in an entrepreneurial journalism course this fall participated in an international competition to create a social media campaign and strategy to instruct young journalists on how to responsibly report instances of extremism. The campaign was co-sponsored by the US Department of State and Facebook. The UT students came up with the “Report Responsibly” campaign, which provides a call to action for aspiring journalists and media guidelines for reporting on acts of extremism.

Haslam College of Business Undergraduate Program Ranked 13th by Poets&Quants

UT’s undergraduate business program is 13th in the nation among public universities, according to rankings released today by Poets&Quants. The Haslam College of Business ranked 32nd among all institutions and 10th in quality of educational experience. “To be so highly ranked among business schools is an honor, and to be in the country’s top 10 based on alumni satisfaction demonstrates the efficacy of the education we provide,” said Steve Mangum, dean and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair.

Student Tests HoloLens for NASA, Gets Closer Look at Mars Surface

Every day, Rachel Kronyak walks around the surface of the planet Mars, examining a rock or getting a closer look at a butte framing the horizon. A doctoral student in geology at UT, Kronyak is among a small set of research scientists worldwide testing the use of an augmented reality headset to see how it can help NASA determine whether Mars could support life.

Recent Grad Miranda Gottlieb Named a Schwarzman Scholar

Miranda Gottlieb, who graduated from UT last spring, has been named to the second class of Schwarzman Scholars, a highly competitive program that offers selected students the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in China. She is the first UT student to be selected for the program, which launched in 2015.

Joint Prehistoric Rock Art Restoration Project Receives National Award

A partnership between UT, federal and state agencies, Indian tribes, and other stakeholders to save a set of centuries-old Native American petroglyphs, pictographs, and historic signatures in Alabama has been honored with a prestigious national preservation award. The initiative brought together researchers and local volunteers to camouflage and remove graffiti that had impacted the images at the Painted Bluff site in Marshall County, Alabama.

Institute of Agriculture Interviews Underway

On-campus interviews in the search for the next chancellor to lead the UT Institute of Agriculture began yesterday and continue through December 9. Finalists will visit Knoxville, Columbia, and Jackson for meetings with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members. UT Institute of Agriculture Interim Chancellor Tim Cross is the first finalist to participate in

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