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Robert Nobles to Serve as Interim Vice Chancellor

Robert Nobles, associate vice chancellor for research, has been named interim vice chancellor for research and engagement effective September 1. Vice Chancellor Taylor Eighmy will leave the university at the end of the month to become president of the University of Texas at San Antonio.

UT Professor Wraps Up Fulbright Experience in Manila

Krista Wiegand, director of the Global Security–Conflict Processes program at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and associate professor of political science, spent the past five months as a Fulbright senior scholar in the Philippines. Wiegand was one of five UT faculty members awarded a Fulbright during the 2016–17 academic year.

UT Engineering Students, Friends of the Smokies Working to Improve Donation Boxes

A team from the Tickle College of Engineering is continuing its work with Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Friends of the Smokies to redesign and manufacture its visitor donation boxes. Friends of the Smokies asked the college to help solve a critical problem: how to design and produce a more durable and secure collection box, as vandals have targeted the boxes in the past.

Impact of New UT-ORNL Big Data Doctorate to Be Felt Across State

A doctoral program in big data run jointly by UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory got final clearance last week and is now the only big data doctorate in the country pairing a university and national lab. It will be housed under the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education.

UT’s First Declaration Day Event Reaches Thousands Online

UT Admissions has declared Monday’s Declaration Day live broadcast—a first-of-its-kind event celebrating the May 1 college confirmation deadline—a huge success. The hour-long program celebrated the campus and students who are choosing to come to UT in the fall. “It’s our national signing day,” said Kari Alldredge, vice provost for enrollment management. “We wanted to take

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Faculty Honored for Teaching, Research, and Service at Chancellor’s Honors Banquet

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,

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Seven Seniors Receive UT’s Highest 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.