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Ant Expert, Sociobiology Founder Receives UT’s Eighth Honorary Degree

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Throughout his career, Edward O. Wilson has discovered more than 450 ant species and is now regarded as the founder of sociobiology. Today, UT awarded him the Honorary Doctor of Science and Letters degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from the College of Arts and Sciences during the fall commencement ceremony. This is the eighth honorary degree the university has granted.

UT’s Parker Selected as National Science Foundation Division Director

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When an accomplished faculty member takes a new position with another institution, it typically isn’t cause for celebration. However, when that institution is the National Science Foundation and the professor can continue working with their school—as is the case with UT’s Lynne Parker—it is a double bonus for the university.

Tassel Time in Tennessee: Commencement Ceremonies to Be Held This Week

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It’s tassel time in Tennessee with 1,747 undergraduate, graduate, and law students set to don mortarboards and receive their degrees from UT this week. Graduate hooding will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 12, and the undergraduate commencement ceremony will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 13. During Saturday’s ceremony, an honorary degree will be awarded to Edward O. Wilson, who is considered the founder of sociobiology and the world’s leading authority on ants.

Culinary Program Hosts Info Session December 9; Classes Begin January

The Culinary Program will host an information session Tuesday, December 9, for those interested in sharpening their culinary arts skills or taking them to the next level. The 6:00 p.m. event will be held on the fourth floor of the UT Conference Center, 600 Henley Street. A second information session will be at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 6.

UT Engineers Make Key Finding in Cerebral Palsy Research

The possible detrimental effects on balance following a surgical procedure performed on many children with cerebral palsy is being better understood thanks to research conducted in part by a UT doctoral student.

Chancellor Meets with President Obama Again About Higher Ed Access

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Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek is meeting with a group led by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in Washington, DC, today to address increasing college access for low-income students. This is the second time this year Cheek has been invited by the White House to discuss this issue. Cheek will share UT’s commitment aimed at increasing STEM graduates by 20 to 25 percent with a primary focus on underrepresented students. Find more information on the College Opportunity Day of Action summit, or watch it live at WhiteHouse.gov.