For many college students, the week after graduation signals an opportunity to travel. For a lucky few, that might even include a trip abroad. For a group of Department of Nuclear Engineering students, it means both a chance to head to Europe and the opportunity of a lifetime. Led by assistant professors Ondrej Chvala and Eric Lukosi, the nine students are in Prague, Czech Republic, spending time with their counterparts at Czech Technical University and even taking a trip to the uranium mine in Roznika.
Two UT students have been awarded US Department of State Critical Language Scholarships to study critical-needs languages during the summer. Paige Scrivener, of Memphis, will study Chinese at Suzhou University in Suzhou, China. Jeremy Pearson, of Salem, Oregon, will be going to Oman to study Arabic.
UT’s Ready for the World Café will conclude the spring season with two final luncheons featuring Spanish fare on Tuesday, April 29, and French-Japanese fusion on Thursday, May 1. The luncheons are held at 11:30 a.m. in the UT Visitors Center, 2712 Neyland Drive. The café is a full-service international dining experience. Lunch consists of intermezzo or small appetizer, salad, entrée, and dessert.
A UT student has been selected to meet with more than thirty Nobel laureates this summer. Sarah Davis, a doctoral student in microbiology, will participate in the 2014 Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting held June 24–July 4 in Lindau, Germany. She was selected after careful scientific review and is among 600 of the most qualified students and young researchers worldwide to share the opportunity of attending the meeting. At the sixty-fourth Lindau meeting, thirty to forty Nobel laureates are expected to meet with the young researchers to share their knowledge.
First-ranking Chinese musician Xiaojun Huo will perform “A Harmony of Strings” on April 24 at UT. The performance begins at 1:30 p.m. in the University Center auditorium, and is free and open to the public. Huo is the first-ranking erhu player in China. The erhu is a two-stringed bowed musical instrument that originated in China and is known in the western world as the “Chinese violin.”
The Ready for the World Café will continue its edible expedition with a taste of Thailand on Tuesday, April 22. The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the UT Visitors Center. Lunch will consist of a papaya salad with shrimp, green curry beef, sweet and sour fish, and coconut pumpkin custard. Cost is $12 and the faculty-staff discount does not apply. Advance tickets are required.
Avery Dobbs, a senior majoring in political science with a history minor, has received a 2014–2015 Fulbright International Scholarship to teach English in Bulgaria.
Four students who spent two weeks in Croatia in March produced a thirty-minute program while they were abroad. It will air on WBIR on Easter Sunday, April 20. The program will be part of the UT TODAY show that airs at 11:30 a.m. The students’ trip was part of an exchange funded by a US State Department grant and led by Professor Sam Swan.
Diners at the Ready for the World Café will continue their delectable travels with a taste of Japan on Thursday, April 17. The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the UT Visitors Center. Lunch consists of steamed edamame, seaweed salad, a chef’s selection of handmade sushi, and a dessert sushi roll. Cost is $12 and the faculty-staff discount does not apply.
A delegation of faculty and administrators from UT’s Confucius Institute’s Chinese partner—Southeast University in Nanjing, China—will be on campus April 13–15 to explore additional academic collaborations between the two universities. The Chinese delegation’s visit coincides with the first anniversary of the Confucius Institute’s inauguration ceremony.