Accomplished faculty, staff, and students were honored Wednesday evening at the annual Chancellor’s Honors Banquet, the university’s largest recognition event of the year. Seven seniors—Natalie Bennett, Savannah Clay, Joshua Dobbs, Carson Hollingsworth, Elisabeth Logan, Monil Mehta, and Louis Varriano— were recognized for their academic achievement, leadership, and outstanding service with the university’s highest student honor,
Seven UT students have been recognized for their academic achievement, leadership, and outstanding service with the university’s highest student honor—the Torchbearer award. The students were recently notified of their selection with surprise visits from Chancellor Beverly Davenport and other UT administrators while in class, in student organization meetings, and even in their coach’s office. They will receive a Torchbearer medal during the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet on Wednesday, April 19. The event is the university’s largest recognition event of the year.
From preparing the Power T outline on Shields-Watkins Field to making the Ayres Hall chimes play the Today show theme, the work of many Vol family members helped to make Wednesday’s world record-breaking event a Big Orange success.
Joint UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Nuclear Materials Steven Zinkle was recently awarded the Robert Franklin Mehl Award, one of the most prestigious given in his field.
The sixth annual UT Social Media Week will kick off Monday, February 27, and continue through Thursday, March 2. All UT Social Media Week events are free and open to the public. Panel discussions—on topics ranging from politics to sports to crisis management to entertainment—will feature social professionals, many of them UT alumni, representing organizations
Earlier this week, the Greater Knoxville Business Journal announced its 10th 40 Under 40 class, which includes two UT Knoxville employees and one faculty member of the UT Graduate School of Medicine.
The Office of Communications and Marketing has created a new Twitter account, @UTKnoxvilleNews, to share press releases, noteworthy media mentions, expert sources for interviews, and updates on breaking news.
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.
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.
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.