Jack Dongarra, director of the Innovative Computing Laboratory in the Tickle College of Engineering, has added another item to his already impressive resume, as the Russian Academy of Sciences has elected him as a member. Another American joins Dongarra in this year’s class: former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was elected to the academy’s wing devoted to global relations.
The Haslam College of Business will recognize veterans and active service members at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, November 10, in the college’s atrium. The event falls on the birthday of the United States Marine Corps and features retired Marine Col. Kenneth Dunn as the keynote speaker.
Cathy Ackermann, president and CEO of Ackermann PR, will receive the 2016 Donald G. Hileman Alumni Award from UT’s College of Communication and Information. The award will be presented at the college’s awards and campaign kickoff banquet on Friday, November 11.
Billboards designed by UT students urging people to vote are now on display around Phoenix, Arizona. The designs, created by students in Rob Heller’s media graphics class, were first used on billboards around Knoxville, thanks to Lamar Advertising. Lamar representatives in Phoenix saw media reports about the UT students’ work and asked if they could use the artwork for billboards in their area.
The fall 2016 Boyd Venture Challenge awarded a total of $35,000 to four UT startup companies to advance their businesses. Prometheus, SimPath, GeoAir, and In With the Old were selected from a group of 15 applicants.
Retail, hospitality, and tourism management students are trying to identify niche tourism markets that may help Lenoir City’s downtown revitalization efforts. The students are a part of a class taught by Stefanie Benjamin, an assistant professor of retail, hospitality, and tourism management in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.
The McClung Museum has teamed up with the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program as a toy drop-off site this holiday season. November 1-30, university and local community members are encouraged to help a child in need by donating a new, unwrapped gift for a child or by purchasing a new toy from the Museum Store for donation.
A study from the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research shows that Tennessee’s number of uninsured has dropped for three straight years.
UT welcomes football fans and alumni to campus Saturday for Homecoming. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. EDT for the Volunteers’ game against the Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech. Gates open at 2 p.m.
Public speaking is one of people’s greatest personal fears, and a new facility in the College of Communication and Information provides tools to help students tackle their anxieties and become better communicators. The Public Speaking Center, in Room 260 of the Communications Building, will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2. The campus community is invited.