The letters of James K. Polk offer a glimpse into the proceedings of one of the most significant yet least-known US presidents, during whose term the country increased in geographical size by one-third. The public can now access thirty years of Polk’s writings due to the online publication of all twelve volumes of the Correspondence of James K. Polk series.
Fifteen teams comprising more than 100 students will compete in the seventh annual Tennessee High School Ethics Bowl on Saturday, January 23.
The Department of Nuclear Engineering welcomed Richard Wood as a full-time professor in January. Wood recently retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he held a joint appointment with UT.
Forbes magazine has named a UT alumnus to its annual “30 Under 30” list of young people making big strides in their chosen field. Neel Madhukar, a 2013 alumnus in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology, and research partner Kaitlyn Gayvert were recognized for their work using algorithms to learn about cancer genomes.
With the spring semester now off and running, plans for Faculty Appreciation Week 2016 are in the works.
A new statewide initiative is encouraging Tennesseans with some college credit to return and finish the degree they started.
Brendan McConville, associate professor of music theory, is a Fulbright Scholar whose research and teaching activities will take him to Italy this spring and summer.
A UT physicist has been instrumental in the discovery of four new super-heavy chemical elements—atomic numbers 113, 115, 117, and 118—recently added to the periodic table. Robert Grzywacz, along with collaborators at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, developed the software used in the equipment that detects the new elements and helps analyze data from the experiments.
If you’re looking for something to do on Sunday afternoons this winter, UT Gardens is presenting the monthly Sunday Horticulture Film Series beginning at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 17, with the documentary Symphony of the Soil by Deborah Koons Garcia.
The College of Architecture and Design will host internationally renowned architects and designers as guest lecturers during the 2016 spring semester.