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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Margaret Morrison, professor and interim director of the School of Advertising and Public Relations, has been named the permanent director of the school effective July 1. Morrison joined the UT Knoxville faculty in 1995 and completed her doctoral degree from the University of Georgia the following year. She is the current vice president of the American Academy of Advertising.
During commencement week, notable alumni are sharing their favorite memories from their time on Rocky Top. Nancy-Ann DeParle, former Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the administration of President Obama, says her favorite times were football game days—but not for the reason you would expect.