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Big Orange Give Set to Raise $1 Million in Five Days November 14–18

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This year’s Big Orange Give—a five-day social-media-based giving campaign for UT—kicks off today and runs through Friday. “This year we again want to raise more than a million dollars. If Vol Nation can raise $500,000, then First Tennessee Foundation has committed another $500,000 to help us get to the $1 million goal,” said Lauren Herbstritt, UT’s director of new media fundraising for annual giving.

Center for Transportation Research Names 2016 Fellows

The Center for Transportation Research at UT has established itself as a go-to source for information, research, and expertise in all areas of transportation. Recently, the CTR established its Faculty Fellows program to recognize some of the people who have helped advance that work. Now in its third year, the program has 15 members, including

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UT Faculty Host International Analytics Conference November 13–16

Bogdan Bischescu, an associate professor of management science at UT, is serving as program chair for the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) annual conference November 13–16 in Nashville, along with seven faculty members from the Haslam College of Business and Tickle College of Engineering.

College of Communication and Information to Kick Off Fundraising Campaign

Celebrating cutting-edge facilities and the appointment of world-class faculty who are helping to prepare students for communication jobs of the future, the College of Communication and Information will launch the public phase of a $15 million campaign. The Investing in the Journey to the Top 25 campaign announcement will be made tonight as part of the college’s annual awards banquet.

On Campus Interviews Conclude Today: Share Your Feedback Now

The archived webcasts from the faculty and staff forums for each of the three chancellor finalists—Alexander Cartwright, Beverly Davenport, and Pamela Whitten—are available on the search website. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to submit their feedback by the close of business today.

Response to the Vandalism of an American Flag on Our Campus

The university has received a number of questions about the defacing of an American flag in front of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. We share in the concern our community has expressed about this incident.

Education Center Designed by UT Students, Faculty Earns Top Design Awards

The College of Architecture and Design was recently awarded the 2016 Honor Award by the American Institute of Architects East Tennessee for its design of the Beardsley Farm Education Center, a project of the college’s design/build program. Completed in 2016, the center provides a classroom, office spaces, and restrooms for local residents, volunteers, and farm staff.

It’s Not a Bird! It’s Not a Plane! It’s the Fastest Flying Mammal, Says UT Study

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A new study from UT shows that the Brazilian free-tailed bat can achieve flight speeds that are faster than those previously documented for any bat or bird, achieving short bursts of ground speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. The research was published this week in the journal Royal Society Open Science and featured in the Washington Post.

UT Welcomes Fans to Kentucky Game Saturday

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Tennessee welcomes Kentucky at noon Saturday for the Vols’ next-to-last home game. Fans coming to the game should be aware of several policies and traffic closures in place.