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Students, Faculty to Continue Design-Build Projects in Haiti During May Trip

Students and faculty from the College of Architecture and Design head to Haiti next week to continue work on design-build projects, including a guidebook that will address the urgent need for adequate building standards in the country. The book, LIFEHouse, will emphasize the lesser-known relationship between housing design and disease prevention. The UT Haiti Project team will be in the country May 29 to June 1.

UT Pilot Program Success in MOOC Technology Leads to Continued State Investment

One year into a two-year pilot program, UT’s test of a new online learning technology platform has achieved successful outcomes that have resulted in additional state funding. Launched in May 2013, the pilot program uses technology developed by Coursera and edX, national innovators in massive open online courses, or MOOCs. The initiative is a partnership between the UT System and the Tennessee Board of Regents and is funded by a $1 million appropriation from the state of Tennessee for online innovation projects in connection with Governor Haslam’s “Drive to 55″ campaign.

UT Wins 2014 IANA Supply Chain Case Competition

From left, professor John Bell, Corey Patton, Xiaofan Wang, Heidi Faust, Andrew Currey, and professor Diane Mollenkopf

A team of UT supply chain students has won a national professional organization’s case competition. The team took first place in the Sixth Annual Intermodal Association of North America Logistics and Supply Chain Management Case Competition, which was hosted by the University of North Florida this spring.

Black-Pierce Award Recognizes Law Student’s Pro Bono, Public Interest Work

Carl Pierce, left, looks on as Jerry Black presents the Black-Pierce Award to Brooke Burke.

Law Professors Jerry Black and Carl Pierce retired this summer and, in their honor, an award was established to recognize a third-year law student who is active in pro bono and public interest work and intent on pursuing a career in the field. The 2014 award was presented to recent graduate Brooke Boyd.

Clarence Brown Theatre Honored for Production of Whipping Man

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The East Tennessee Historical Society has recognized UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre for its production of The Whipping Man, a haunting Civil War-era play that tackles difficult issues and the region’s history. The theater received the Award of Distinction this month from the historical society for its adaptation of the play.

DOE Looks to Dongarra for Input on Computing Advances

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The US Department of Energy recently released a report through its Office of Science detailing the top ten research challenges in reaching the level of exascale computing, once again calling on Jack Dongarra for input. Dongarra, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, director of the Innovative Computing Laboratory and one of five National Academy of Engineering members at UT, has long been at the forefront of exascale computing, or computing at roughly a thousand times the capability of recent supercomputers.

Fifteen Incoming Freshmen Named as 2014 Class of Haslam Scholars

Fifteen students, including fourteen from Tennessee and one from Florida, have been named as the 2014 class of Haslam Scholars. The program is UT’s premier four-year scholarship program. Each year, it admits a maximum of fifteen first-year students and supports them with the university’s most prestigious and generous named scholarship.

Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Wade Establishes UT Scholarship

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Gary Wade, chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, has established a scholarship to support students at the UT College of Law who are interested in a career in public service. The Justice Gary R. Wade Endowed Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled at or admitted to the College of Law who are Tennessee residents with financial need and express a strong interest in public service.

Doctoral Candidate Finalist in Prestigious International Competition

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Nastaran Simarasl, a UT management doctoral candidate, is one of three finalists in the prestigious Global Development Awards and Medals Competition. The competition is sponsored by the Global Development Network, an international organization funded by the Japanese government.

College of Nursing Receives Grant to Help ‘Career Switch’ Students

For the third year in a row, the College of Nursing is receiving money from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to provide scholarships for students who are making a career switch to nursing. The college has received a $50,000 grant from the New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. The money will fund five $10,000 scholarships for second-career nursing students who are members of an underrepresented group or from a disadvantaged background.