Called a “smart joint” system, the technology has a number of key features and applications and is characterized by being lightweight, flexible, inexpensive, and easy-to-install
UT is ranked 49th on the list of public colleges and universities, which was released this week—a jump from 71st last year. Kiplinger’s chooses the top 300 schools from 1,200 public and private colleges and universities based on measures of academic quality and affordability.
The UT Police Department held its annual employee awards on Thursday to recognize members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Each year, department members are encouraged to nominate fellow employees for various awards. Recommendations from the general public also are heavily weighed.
Lisa Reyes Mason, assistant professor in UT’s College of Social Work, led a webinar this week on tips for building positive communications over the holidays.
Governor’s Chair for Power Electronics Yilu Liu has been named a 2016 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Liu serves as deputy director of the National Science Foundation–backed Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks—CURENT—which is housed in UT’s Tickle College of Engineering.
Spectral bats, also called false vampire bats for their imposing size—a wingspan of over three feet—are the largest bats in the Americas and typically roost in trees in lowland forests. Vladimir Dinets, UT research assistant professor of psychology, has discovered evidence that the species also can live in caves and is more adaptable than previously thought, thanks to personal observation and information gleaned from social media accounts of tourists.
Students in an entrepreneurial journalism course this fall participated in an international competition to create a social media campaign and strategy to instruct young journalists on how to responsibly report instances of extremism. The campaign was co-sponsored by the US Department of State and Facebook. The UT students came up with the “Report Responsibly” campaign, which provides a call to action for aspiring journalists and media guidelines for reporting on acts of extremism.
When members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe began protesting a controversial pipeline project running through North Dakota, Joy Harjo used her voice and saxophone to raise awareness about the situation. Harjo, an acclaimed poet, author, musician, and a professor of English and Chair of Excellence, said artists play a crucial role in using their craft to address or draw attention to national issues in such a way that people will listen.
UT will be a leading contributor to the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety (CSCRS), a new national university transportation center funded by the US Department of Transportation.
Tennessee’s population, particularly in its urban areas, continues to grow, according to the 2011–2015 American Community Survey (ACS) five-year estimates released today by the US Census Bureau. A local partner to the bureau, the Tennessee State Data Center, is housed within the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research in UT’s Haslam College of Business.