“There aren’t many songs with a life like ‘Rocky Top.’”
Classes begin next week and more than 6,000 new students are expected on Rocky Top. As of today, UT is expecting 4,828 freshmen and 1,232 transfer students. Numbers change daily and aren’t final until the 14th day of class. “We’re trending to have a larger freshman class than last year,” said Kari Alldredge, vice provost for enrollment management.
The campus community is invited to celebrate this year’s Life of the Mind program reading selection—Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel—by participating in a special First-Year Studies escape room in Hodges Library.
Amy Broemmel knows about effective homework strategies. As a mom, former teacher, and current associate professor of theory and practice in teacher education in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, Broemmel has collected a wealth of helpful tips for parents, students, and teachers.
Ashley Blamey, longtime director of UT Knoxville’s Center for Health Education and Wellness, has been selected to serve as Title IX coordinator for the campus. Blamey assumes the new role today.
T minus 18 days. On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse—when the disk of the moon completely covers the sun—will be visible in the United States along a path from central Oregon through Tennessee and on to South Carolina.
Do very-preterm or very-low-weight babies develop anxiety and mood disorders later in life? Julia Jaekel, assistant professor of child and family studies at UT, and Dieter Wolke, professor of psychology at the University of Warwick, co-authored a study to answer this question.
Louis J. Gross has been named a Fellow in the inaugural class of Fellows of the Society for Mathematical Biology. A distinguished UT professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and mathematics, Gross is also the founding and current director of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) and director of UT’s Institute for Environmental Modeling.
UT Vice Chancellor of Research and Engagement Taylor Eighmy has announced plans to leave UT on August 31 to become president of the University of Texas at San Antonio, whose board approved the hire Tuesday.
Krista Wiegand, director of the Global Security–Conflict Processes program at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and associate professor of political science, spent the past five months as a Fulbright senior scholar in the Philippines. Wiegand was one of five UT faculty members awarded a Fulbright during the 2016–17 academic year.