Ediobong “Edi” Ebiefung, a senior, has been chosen as one of forty students from the United States to participate in the 2014 Humanity in Action Fellowship. He will be going to Amsterdam. “The opportunity means a lot to me, and I am honored that I was selected,” said Ebiefung, who was born and raised in Chattanooga, the son of parents who emigrated from Nigeria.
Michelle Kwan, the most decorated figure skater in US history, visited UT on Thursday to speak and participate in a panel discussion with coaches from six countries as part of the Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports initiative.
Next week marks the beginning of UT’s eighth annual Earth Month. “This year’s event will feature numerous student and community organizations coming together to increase awareness of what we are doing to make the campus and Knoxville a more sustainable place to live, work, and play,” said UT Sustainability Manager Preston Jacobsen.
Along with helping students gain a global perspective, study abroad experiences may give college students a particular kind of advantage in learning another language. Research by Harriet Bowden, an assistant professor of Spanish at UT, indicates that native-like brain processing of a second language is possible for university students.
Alash, a world-renowned Tuvan musical ensemble famous for throat-singing, will perform at UT on Tuesday, October 15. Tuvan throat singing is a unique practice where multiple pitches emanate simultaneously from a single performer’s voice.
As part of its goal of recycling 50 percent of game day waste this year and making Neyland Stadium a “zero waste” facility by next year, UT Recycling is urging fans to take advantage of and participate in their many recycling initiatives. To aid this effort, recycling/trash stations have been placed throughout tailgate areas on campus.
Twenty students from China are learning about sports psychology and elite athletic performance in Knoxville this summer thanks to a partnership between UT and the Shanghai University of Sport. The group, composed of undergraduate students from the Shanghai University of Sport, arrived at UT this month and will leave August 1. The English Language Institute
How has the war on terrorism affected the U.S.’s relationships with surrounding countries’ governments and tribal societies? Scholar Harrison Akins will be discussing findings of the book The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam. The event will be from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, in the Great Room in the International House.
Cultures from around the world will be showcased in the International Dance Competition on Wednesday, March 13. The competition will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the University Center Auditorium. It’s sponsored by UT’s International House and the Cultural Attractions Committee, and it is free and open to the public. The competition is open to any UT student, faculty member, or staff member.
The United States European Union Summit on Science, Technology, Innovation, and Sustainable Economic Growth—organized in part by UT—has produced five reports examining the critical impacts of investments in science, technology, and innovation on sustainable economic growth. The summit involved an interdisciplinary group of scientists, economists, academics, entrepreneurs and policy analysts from the US and EU and was held from 2010 to 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee; Washington, D.C.; Paris, France; and Brussels, Belgium.