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Graduate Student Helps UTPD Crack Large Theft Case

UTPD Chief Troy Lane and Joy Buongiorno, a graduate research assistant in microbiology.

Thanks to the help of an observant and courageous graduate student, the UT Police Department has recovered more than $100,000 in property stolen from campus buildings over the past several months.

Grad Student from Jamaica Used Sport and Education to Find Better Life

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Melissa Farquharson grew up in the inner city of Kingston, Jamaica. She says it was a tough place to be a girl with a lot of ambition. But driven by her love of sports, and fueled by her own tenacity and the help of some avid supporters, Farquharson found her way to UT and a better life. She will graduate Thursday, May 12, with her master’s degree in sport management and her parents, on their first trip to the United States, will be there to watch.

Three Grads to Embark on Peace Corps Missions Around the Globe

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Many students aspire to make the world a better place. Three May graduates have Peace Corps assignments that will take them to different places around the globe where they will make lasting impact. Brandon McKenna-Wagner is off to Senegal to work in sustainable agriculture, Shellee Merryman is heading to Panama to work on water sanitation projects, and Alicia Maskley, pictured, is going to Timor Leste in the South Pacific to work in economic development.

Waltzing through Life: Education Grad Dances In, Out of the Classroom

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For Rachel Henriquez the journey to graduation hasn’t been a sprint; it’s been more like a waltz. Henriquez, who will receive her master’s degree in education at the Graduate Hooding ceremony on Thursday, May 12, has expressed her passion for dance in and out of the classroom. For the past two years, Henriquez has participated as a professional dancer in Dancing with the Knoxville Stars, a fundraiser for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

Fetal Heart Monitor App Helps Train Future Nurses

Sheila Taylor, clinical assistant professor of nursing, and Susan Fancher, the simulation director for the College of Nursing, worked to develop an app that provides a more realistic experience to instruct future nurses in monitoring babies and their mothers during labor.