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Four UT Researchers Named 2016 AAAS Fellows

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

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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50 Years Later The Rock Serves as Centerpiece of Expression

For 50 years, the Rock—a 97.5-ton hunk of Knox dolomite stone—has served as an iconic campus symbol. Most every day, and sometimes multiple times a day, individuals and groups paint the surface of the Rock, which sits at the corner of Volunteer Boulevard and Pat Head Summitt Street, to express opinions, offer congratulations, and share other messages. These messages are seen by thousands each day who come to campus for classes or to visit.

Campus Celebration Thanks Tickle for Legacy of Support

Hundreds of UT students, faculty, and staff turned out on the plaza between Ferris and Perkins Halls on Thursday, November 3, for a celebration honoring John D. Tickle and the naming of the Tickle College of Engineering. Tickle was presented with tokens of appreciation including thank you notes written by many of the college’s 4,000 students.

Boyd Venture Challenge Awards $35,000 to Student Startups

The fall 2016 Boyd Venture Challenge awarded a total of $35,000 to four UT startup companies to advance their businesses. Prometheus, SimPath, GeoAir, and In With the Old were selected from a group of 15 applicants.

Candidate Forum Today; Session to be Webcast Live

On-campus interviews with candidates in the search for the next chancellor to lead the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, begin today. The first candidate, Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Georgia, will lead a public forum for faculty and staff from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. today at the Law School Complex, Room 132. The session will be webcast live and archived for later viewing.

Students Design Billboards to Encourage People to Vote

Some students from the School of Journalism and Electronic Media are urging people to get out and vote in a big way. Their messages are on billboards around the Knoxville area. Rob Heller, a JEM professor in the College of Communication and Information, asked his media graphics students to design posters encouraging people to vote in the upcoming election. “I’m very proud of their creative work,” Heller said.