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College of Engineering Taking Part in White House Maker Faire

Responding to President Barack Obama’s call to empower America’s students and entrepreneurs to invent the future, the College of Engineering is participating in today’s National Day of Making, held in conjunction with the first White House Maker Faire.

History Channel’s Henry Rollins Films on Campus

The History Channel’s Ten Things You Don’t Know About show was on campus over the weekend filming an upcoming episode that will feature UT’s The Papers of Andrew Jackson staff. The show will air on a yet-to-be-announced date in August. History Professor Dan Feller and Research Associate Professor Tom Coens participated in the shoot. The show features punk rock icon Henry Rollins as its host, looks at interesting “twists and tidbits behind the historical tales, figures, and places you only thought you knew.”

Cross-Country Science: UT Faculty Mentor Inner-City New Jersey Youth

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When faculty members Karen Lloyd and Andrew Steen saw an opportunity to introduce a group of inner-city New Jersey high school students to science, they made it happen. Lloyd, an assistant professor of microbiology, and her husband, Steen, an assistant professor of earth and planetary sciences, just completed their second summer program with students and teachers from Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark.

UT, ORNL Scientists’ Discoveries Could Help Neutralize Chemical Weapons

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Researchers at UT are a step closer to creating a prophylactic drug that would neutralize the deadly effects of the chemical weapons used in Syria and elsewhere. Jeremy Smith, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair and an expert in computational biology, is part of the team that is trying to engineer enzymes—called bioscavengers—so they work more efficiently against chemical weapons.

II-VI Foundation’s Support of College of Engineering Nears $700,000

From left to right, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science students Lakshmi Gopi Reddy, Zhiqiang Wang, and Zheyu Zhang, talk to Richard Hopkins and John Spitznagel of the II-VI Foundation.

A multiyear series of projects in the College of Engineering has been extended again for the 2014­–2015 cycle through a grant provided by the II-VI Foundation, which recently signed its third annually reviewable three-year grant to UT. The foundation was started in 2007 with the mission of “encouraging and enabling students to pursue a career in engineering, science and/or mathematics while maintaining a standard of excellence in that pursuit.”

Materials Camp Offers Students Chance to Take on Investigator’s Role

Whodunnit? Or rather, how’d they do it? That will be the question students will be trying to answer next week when the Department of Materials Science and Engineering welcomes budding detectives to its annual Materials Camp. Reading like an episode of TV’s “CSI,” the camp will give high school students a chance to solve various clues to the identity of an unknown perpetrator based on the use of a wide array of techniques and tools used by materials scientists.

Eastman Committing $2 Million to College of Engineering

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The College of Engineering and Eastman Chemical Company have announced plans to provide for three new professor of practice positions, improve and renovate lab space and construct a new student lounge. Taking all areas into account, Eastman’s support for the college will total $2 million over a five-year period.

UT Farmers Market Helps Feed Knoxville’s Hungry

Catherine XX, daughter of Institute of Agriculture Employee Donna Eason-Pile; Jean Hulsey; and Drew Hulsey work at the Grow More, Give More tent at the UT Farmers Market.

Each week hundreds of East Tennesseans visit the UT Farmers Market to pick up fresh produce, local food, and enjoy a variety of entertainment and activities. The Farmers Market is broadening its reach through Grow More, Give More, a partnership between the Institute of Agriculture and the Society of St. Andrew aimed at feeding Knoxville’s hungry neighbors and reducing food waste.

WUOT Receives National Edward R. Murrow Award for I’m Still Here: My HIV Life

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The UT-licensed public radio station, WUOT 91.9 FM, has received a prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. The station’s documentary I’m Still Here: My HIV Life was chosen as the best audio documentary in the Small Market division by the Radio Television Digital News Association.

Nambisan Elected President of Council of University Transportation Centers

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College of Engineering professor Shashi Nambisan has been elected president of the Council of University Transportation Centers. Nambisan, of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Center for Transportation Research, is one of the leading researchers in the area of transportation. Nambisan’s expertise led the governor of Nevada to proclaim “Shashi Nambisan Day” in recognition of his efforts to improve transportation safety in that state.