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UT Chattanooga to Host 2012 CUMU conference

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will host the 2012 conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, October 13-16. The conference will highlight how university and community partnerships can enrich student learning and increase faculty roles in the academic setting and in the community. Faculty members from all UT campuses are invited to submit proposals by Friday, June 15.

Student Team Wins Social Media Week Competition

Social Media Week

Melahnie Springfield, a graduate student in advertising, participated in UT’s first Social Media Week, April 25-26. Springfield and her teammates took part in a social media advertising campaign competition focusing on the Dell XPS 13 laptop computer. The competition was judged by Adam Brown, executive director of social media for Dell and a 1994 UT advertising graduate.

In Memoriam: Otto Wheeley

Otto Wheeley, 1943 alumnus and venture capitalist known for helping many East Tennessee entrepreneurs get their start, died Monday at age 90. He established the Venture Capital Center at UT to help support new local technologies, and was named the university’s Volunteer of the Year in 2005. The Otto and Kathleen Wheeley Awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer are given annually to faculty members who excel in commercialization of university-based research.

Help Take a ‘Bite’ Out of UT’s Energy Bill

Switch Your Thinking

The ‘dog days’ of summer are upon us, which means it is peak energy use time on campus. From June 1 through September 30, UT will pay significantly more for energy used on weekdays between the hours of 2:00 and 8:30 p.m. Faculty and staff should make every effort to limit their energy use during the peak times.

Electric Bike Sharing Stations Generating Data

Fully-automated electric bike sharing station

UT is home to the nation’s first fully-automated electric bike sharing stations thanks to civil and environmental engineering assistant professor Chris Cherry. Cherry and his team are collecting data on a number of questions related to safety, environmental impact, and travel behavior to see if electric bikes could become more popular here in the US.

For Your Benefit: New Jobs Database Improves Hiring Process


Applying for and filling jobs are easier and more efficient than ever with UT Jobs—an online database integrating all staff openings across the university. The new system, launched in January, streamlines and automates many job search, application, and hiring processes, allowing UT to better recruit and retain talented employees.

Friends to Honor Jesse Poore Friday

A gathering of friends will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the UT Gardens Shade Garden to honor Jesse Poore, professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, who died on April 25. Poore came to UT in 1986 as chair of the Department of Computer Science and served as director of the UT-ORNL Science Alliance from 2000 to 2011.

Students Place Second in National Retail Marketing Case Competition

Students from the Retail and Consumer Sciences Program recently placed second in the National Retail Marketing Case Competition. The contest, which took place at Indiana University, was sponsored by the Center for Retailing at Indiana’s Kelley School of Business, Kohl’s Department Stores, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Rapp Collins Advertising.

Professor’s Work on NASA Dawn Spacecraft Reveals Secrets of Large Asteroid

Slice of a meteorite

Harry “Hap” McSween, Chancellor’s Professor and Distinguished Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, presented findings of a mission investigating the asteroid Vesta at a press conference held at NASA headquarters on Thursday. McSween is a co-investigator for the Dawn spacecraft mission, which has been circling Vesta since last July and is slated to stay until late August.

Employee Engagement Survey Helps Identify Campus Needs

How do we make UT an even better place to work? Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek posed the question during overview sessions for the 2011 Employee Engagement Survey held on Tuesday. Last spring, 43 percent of the Knoxville campus faculty and exempt staff responded to the survey. In the fall, 57 percent of all non-exempt employees participated. The survey asked about job satisfaction, work culture, leadership, and professional development, among other topics.