The 2014 World Cup has captured the attention of billions of viewers around the globe. New research from UT suggests that it is the shared attention that makes these games so emotionally compelling. Assistant Professor Garriy Shteynberg and Associate Professor Jeff Larsen from the Department of Psychology conducted the study, which showed that emotional events are more intense when viewed simultaneously with other group members.
The US Securities and Exchange Commission has named Professor Joseph V. Carcello to its Investor Advisory Committee. He is the only business school professor appointed to the committee. Carcello is the E&Y and Business Alumni Professor and head of the Department of Accounting and Information Management in UT’s College of Business Administration. He also is executive director of the UT Neel Corporate Governance Center.
Business leaders and professionals are often overwhelmed by information—not because there is too much, but because they don’t know how to tame it. Stephen Few, one of the world’s most renowned experts on business analytics, quantitative techniques, and data analysis, will conduct an interactive half-day seminar on how to effectively present and analyze quantitative business data on September 11 at UT.
Tami Wyatt, associate professor of nursing, has been named to the 2014 class of the American Academy of Nursing fellows. Wyatt was selected for her leadership in education, management, and policy, and her work to improve the health of the nation. She and 167 nurse leaders will be inducted as fellows during the Academy’s 2014 Transforming Health, Driving Policy conference on Oct. 18 in Washington, D.C.
Students from universities and institutes around the world will soon begin arriving at UT as part of the International Lean Summer Program in the College of Engineering. Sponsored by the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, the program will bring almost 120 students to campus for a chance to study ways of reducing waste and increasing efficiency while partnering with students from countries around the world, beginning with an opening ceremony at the Foundry at World’s Fair Park on July 7.
Howard H. Baker Jr., former US senator and founder of UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, died on Thursday, June 26. He was eighty-eight. Baker earned his law degree from the UT in 1949. The Baker Center was founded in 2003 as a nonpartisan institute devoted to education and research concerning public policy and civic engagement. Baker received the university’s first honorary doctorate in spring 2005.
Today we learned of the passing of Senator Howard H. Baker. “Our country has lost a great statesman and a great Tennessean,” said Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “Senator Baker will live on in our hearts forever as a man who believed that government was to serve the people.”
UT’s College of Law is one of the nation’s fifty-four best value law schools, according to The National Jurist magazine. The magazine looks at a number of academic and financial variables, including the law school’s tuition, student debt accumulation, employment success, bar passage rate, and cost of living. Employment is given the greatest weight, 35 percent, because of recent woes in hiring.
The spring 2014 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 to 4.00 (summa cum laude), 3.65 to 3.79 (magna cum laude), or 3.50 to 3.64 (cum laude).
Baseball, the great American pastime, has given us plenty of memorable figures. In Inventing Baseball Heroes, Assistant Professor Amber Roessner of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media—a former sportswriter—examines how some sports journalists compromised their journalistic ethics to help make American heroes out of two of baseball’s most enduring personalities, Detroit Tigers outfielder Ty Cobb and New York Giants pitcher Christy Mathewson.