Tennessee high school students Dalton Chaffee and Hayes Griffin have now done what many scientists strive for: publishing their research in a top science journal. Chaffee and Griffin worked with mentor R. Tucker Gilman, a former postdoctoral research fellow at UT’s National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) to study mate choice. Their work was published this week in the journal Evolution.
UT students return to campus this week to the opening of two new academic facilities—the John D. Tickle Engineering Building and the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. It’s been sixty-four years since two all-new academic facilities greeted students for a new school year.
The UT Police Department has its first-ever police dogs—two Belgian Malinois that are trained to detect explosives.
Andy Holt Avenue will be reduced to one lane westbound between Pat Head Summitt Street and 20th Street from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 13. Cones will be placed along the north and south sides of the street to assist traffic.
Scaffolding is in place and work is underway to repair the exterior of Andy Holt Tower. The work is expected to be complete by late spring 2014.
The spring 2013 dean’s list has been posted online. To qualify for the dean’s list, an undergraduate student must earn a term grade point average of 3.80–4.00 (summa cum laude), 3.65–3.79 (magna cum laude), or 3.50–3.64 (cum laude). Students must complete at least 12 credit hours, not counting work taken on a satisfactory/no-credit basis, to be eligible.
The new One Stop Express Student Services center is now open. One Stop will make students’ business transactions with UT easier by bringing most enrollment, registration, financial aid, and payment services into one location staffed by counselors and equipped with the latest technology.
The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary with games, a scavenger hunt, and other family-friendly activities from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, June 1. The birthday celebration, which is free and open to the public, marks fifty years since the museum’s official dedication on June 1, 1963.
When 21-year-old Anna King graduates from UT this week, it will be an early Mother’s Day gift to herself. As an eighteen-year-old freshman, King found out she was pregnant. She resolved to finish her degree while raising her child as a single mother.
Monica Langley, senior special writer for the Wall Street Journal, will deliver the commencement address for the College of Communication and Information at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, in Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena.