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.
A UT cello student will perform in a tribute to heroes Wednesday, May 9, as part of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Jeremiah Welch, of Knoxville, will join other youth from around the country at the celebration, which will take place at the Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, DC. The event is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
It’s time to begin submitting your events, activities, speakers, and programs to be included in the Ready for the World Passport for the fall semester of the 2012-2013 academic year. Faculty, staff, and students are urged to use an electronic form to quickly and easily provide information about events related to the international and intercultural initiative. Submissions are due Friday, May 18.
A gathering of friends will take place at the Frank H. McClung Museum at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, May 6, in honor of curator Elaine Altman Evans who died this spring. The museum’s Egyptian gallery will be named in her honor. Altman died March 17. She joined the McClung Museum in 1971 and was curator for 41 years.
The common reading selection for the Class of 2016 is Eric Liu’s “The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker,” a thematic memoir that challenges readers to consider identity as something both accidental and intentional. Faculty, staff, and graduate teaching associates are being sought to serve as discussion leaders.
Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that are making a difference in their world and the world around them. Associate professor Kenton Yeager runs UT’s master’s program in theatrical lighting design. He designed and built a one-to-six-scale working theater laboratory to provide students with a safe, accessible way to learn lighting, scenery, sound design, stage management, and more.
The results of the system-wide employment engagement survey are in and faculty and staff are invited to forums this week and next week to learn more about the findings. The results shared will be specific to the groups invited to the different sessions taking place on May 2, May 7, and May 8.