The university’s Employee Engagement Survey is just a few weeks away. All regular UT employees who work at least 50 percent time will be asked to participate in the survey beginning November 3. Chancellor Cheek will host an open forum for all faculty and staff from on Wednesday, October 22, in the University Center Shiloh Room.
Rain couldn’t dampen the mood last week as the university officially dedicated its first new residence in forty years, the Fred D. Brown Jr. Residence Hall. UT President Joe DiPietro, Brown’s family, friends and former students, and Cheek joined in celebrating Brown’s life in a ceremony that included live music, food, and tours of the residence hall.
The East Tennessee Section of the American Chemical Society presents their annual, “Magic of Chemistry” show, at 7:00 p.m. on October 21, featuring chemistry lecturer Al Hazari.
The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT will have new leadership beginning in January. Colleen Jonsson, an expert in infectious disease dynamics and molecular virology, has been named the new NIMBioS director. She will begin January 2015.
Recent studies have found that crocodiles and their relatives are highly intelligent animals capable of sophisticated behavior such as advanced parental care, complex communication, and use of tools for hunting.
John A. Lovett, a candidate for dean of the College of Law, will lead a public forum from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, in College of Law Classroom 132. Lovett is the De Van D. Daggett Jr. Distinguished Professor and the associate dean for faculty development and faculty academic affairs at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Once all candidates have completed their visits, archived video of the presentations will be posted on the Office of the Provost’s website.
Over the next five years, Jeffrey Moersch will be traveling to faraway places—from the Arctic to the Chilean desert—in a quest to learn more about a place even farther away—Mars. The earth and planetary sciences professor is part of a new NASA-funded research team helping prepare for the Mars 2020 rover mission. The interdisciplinary team is a member of the NASA Astrobiology Institute and is one of seven to receive a five-year grant of about $8 million.
One of the key experiences for students in the College of Engineering is the opportunity to take part in a paid co-op or internship education experience.
Researchers in UT’s College of Engineering have been tied to advancements in safety and detection surrounding nuclear-related issues since the dawn of the atomic age.
The College of Law will host a talk by H. E. Božo Cerar, Slovenian ambassador to the United States, at noon on Monday, October 20.