Social media chatter during this week’s vice-presidential debate was overwhelmingly negative toward both candidates—and those negative feelings carried over to the presidential candidates. Those were among the main takeaways reported by UT’s Political Social Media Research Group.
UT’s Korn Learning, Assessment, and Social Skills Center will soon accept applications for Postsecondary Autism Support Services, a new program developed to support the needs of UT students with autism spectrum disorders. The program will officially launch in fall 2017.
The year 1832 was pivotal in Andrew Jackson’s presidency. He defeated Henry Clay to secure a second term and launched the policies that came to define his administration and his legacy. These moments are among many captured in the latest volume of The Papers of Andrew Jackson, a UT project dedicated to transcribing and publishing the president’s entire written record.
Al Hazari, retired director of labs and lecturer in chemistry, will host the Magic of Chemistry show at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18 in Room 555 of Dabney-Buehler Hall. He will introduce children and adults to the wonders of chemistry through a series of exciting and often explosive demonstrations.
The 2016 Barefoot Benefit, a 5K foot race and community festival organized by students in the Haslam College of Business, is set for 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16, in Sequoyah Hills Park. Race registration and activities begin at 12:30 p.m.
Speculative architect Liam Young will lecture at UT’s College of Architecture and Design at 5:30 p.m. Monday, October 10, as part of the Robert B. Church Memorial Lecture Series. Speculative architects use the built environment to express themselves in a way that’s similar to how storytellers use words.
Bring an idea and start a business with the help of Vol Court, a semiannual pitch competition and speaker series hosted by UT’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Vol Court kicks off October 12 with a six-week entrepreneurial speaker series that culminates November 16 in a pitch competition where attendees put what they’ve learned into practice.
From seeking new uses for old buildings to finding ways to stimulate tourism, UT students are putting classroom lessons into practice in collaboration with Lenoir City, Tennessee, as part of this year’s Smart Communities Initiative (SCI). “Our Smart Communities Initiative is now in its third year and we’re excited to collaborate with our program partner, Lenoir City, on a cluster of projects focused on the downtown area,” said Kelly Ellenburg, director of UT’s Office of Service-Learning, which oversees the SCI.
UT’s School of Architecture ranked 10th among public universities, according to the new Design Futures Council’s 2017 DesignIntelligence annual report. The school was ranked 13th in 2016.
A new national institute has been established at UT to provide independent evaluations of research and education programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The institute also will generate new knowledge about the ways in which integrated STEM programs function successfully.