Next week marks the beginning of UT’s eighth annual Earth Month. “This year’s event will feature numerous student and community organizations coming together to increase awareness of what we are doing to make the campus and Knoxville a more sustainable place to live, work, and play,” said UT Sustainability Manager Preston Jacobsen.
The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will host a free stroller tour on Monday, March 10. The 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. event will focus on ancient Egyptian art.
A two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning author and science journalist will receive an honorary doctorate during UT’s spring commencement ceremonies. John Noble Wilford, a 1955 journalism graduate, will receive an honorary doctorate of letters and science at the College of Communication and Information ceremony in May. The UT Board of Trustees approved the degree today at its winter board meeting held in Martin.
Former US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter will be on campus Wednesday, March 5, to deliver the semiannual Ashe Lecture sponsored by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Munter’s talk, “Beyond 2014: American Relations with Pakistan,” begins at 5:30 p.m. in the center’s Toyota Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
Don Goldstein, paleontology researcher, will present “How Can Florida’s Geological Past Help Us Prepare for the Future?” on Friday during this week’s Science Forum. The Science Forum is a weekly brown-bag lunch series that allows professors and area scientists to discuss their research with the general public in a conversational presentation. The presentation begins at noon in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena.
The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will host a lecture on ancient glassmaking at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 9. The lecture is in connection with the museum’s Glass of the Ancient Mediterranean exhibit.
The university community will have the chance to ride along with the university police on Thursday, February 27—virtually, that is. The UT Police Department is hosting a Tweet-Along on its official Twitter account to show the campus community a day in the life of its officers. Officers from the Community Relations Unit will ride along with shift officers from 8:00 a.m. Thursday until 8:00 a.m. Friday and will share on Twitter calls for service and officer-initiated activity that occur.
A group of students will build a giant cardboard box fort on Friday, February 21, in an effort to educate their peers about how the $17 trillion national debt is affecting them. The transformation of at least 5,000 cardboard boxes into the Power T begins at 8:00 a.m. near the Pedestrian Mall. The fort will be six feet tall and about 100 feet long.
For seven decades, legendary pianist Byron Janis has thrilled audiences around the world. He’ll celebrate his eighty-fifth birthday year at UT from February 26 to March 2 by sharing his expertise with a younger generation of musicians and students. Janis will host five days of master classes, discussions, presentations, and performances.
The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will offer a free stroller tour celebrating winter and the holidays on Monday, December 16. Parents and caregivers with toddlers or babies are invited to meet in the museum’s lobby before taking a winter-themed tour of the museum’s decorative arts gallery, The Decorative Experience.