A team of faculty and students from the Tickle College of Engineering recently took part in the CANstruction competition in Knoxville. That effort benefits Second Harvest Food Bank, who gets to keep the cans of food that teams use in their designs, more than 83,000 this year alone.
Governor’s Chair for Power Electronics Yilu Liu has been named a 2016 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Liu serves as deputy director of the National Science Foundation–backed Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks—CURENT—which is housed in UT’s Tickle College of Engineering.
Easo George will hold the title of Governor’s Chair for Advanced Alloy Theory and Development, the 15th joint faculty member in the Governor’s Chair program, a cornerstone of the UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory partnership.
Spectral bats, also called false vampire bats for their imposing size—a wingspan of over three feet—are the largest bats in the Americas and typically roost in trees in lowland forests. Vladimir Dinets, UT research assistant professor of psychology, has discovered evidence that the species also can live in caves and is more adaptable than previously thought, thanks to personal observation and information gleaned from social media accounts of tourists.
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.
When members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe began protesting a controversial pipeline project running through North Dakota, Joy Harjo used her voice and saxophone to raise awareness about the situation. Harjo, an acclaimed poet, author, musician, and a professor of English and Chair of Excellence, said artists play a crucial role in using their craft to address or draw attention to national issues in such a way that people will listen.
UT will be a leading contributor to the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety (CSCRS), a new national university transportation center funded by the US Department of Transportation.
Tennessee’s population, particularly in its urban areas, continues to grow, according to the 2011–2015 American Community Survey (ACS) five-year estimates released today by the US Census Bureau. A local partner to the bureau, the Tennessee State Data Center, is housed within the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research in UT’s Haslam College of Business.
Eleven UT architecture students spent the fall semester working on four projects to assist Lenoir City with its downtown revitalization efforts. The students were part of a class taught by Tricia Stuth, an associate professor of architecture in UT’s College of Architecture and Design.
Illness and tragedy sidelined senior Diamond Rayborn for a while, but the 23-year-old Memphis native managed to stay focused on her goal. Rayborn will graduate on Friday with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a collateral in international business from the Haslam College of Business.