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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

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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

Rachel Kronyak holds a Lego version she built of the Mars rover Curiosity. To the left is a printed selfie taken by the rover.

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

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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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Four UT Researchers Named 2016 AAAS Fellows

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Four professors with UT ties have been named to the American Association for the Advancement of Science class of fellows for 2016: Brian Wirth, Karen Hughes, George Ostrouchov and Baohua Gu. The fellows will be inducted in February 2017 at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston.

11-Year-Old Stroke Survivor Teaches Nursing Class at UT

Lily Bennett with UT nursing students.

Eleven-year-old Lily Bennett has minimal use of her right hand and walks with a leg brace, but that doesn’t stop her from dancing, singing, and playing piano. On November 22, she taught a class at the College of Nursing to tell students about her stroke, living with cerebral palsy, and how future health care providers can better understand the needs of pediatric patients with disabilities.

Heart for Haiti Brings Student and Alumnus Together

On Oct. 4, Hurricane Matthew swept through Haiti, killing more than 1,000 Haitians and destroying much of the islanders’ way of life. That same day, a UT student and alumnus 1,400 miles away forged a connection because of their shared desire to help the people who had lost so much.

Beverly Davenport Named UT Knoxville Chancellor

Beverly J. Davenport has been selected by University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro to serve as the eighth chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. DiPietro will recommend Davenport’s appointment to the UT Board of Trustees in a special meeting Dec. 15 in Nashville. Pending board approval, Davenport will join UT Knoxville on March 1,

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