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UT Competing in National App Contest on Workplace Safety and Health

Want to be a millionaire? You have a greater chance of becoming one than being struck by lightning. You also have a greater chance of dying from an alligator bite than spotting a UFO. These scenarios are part of a probability game created by two UT units to teach youngsters about workplace safety. An app based on the game is one of twenty finalists in a national competition vying to win the People’s Choice Award and its $3,000 prize.

Sandy Highlights Need for Nurses with Global Disaster Training

When Hurricane Sandy bore down on New York City, it knocked out power inside the neonatal intensive care unit at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, silencing all the machines that kept the tiny infants alive. The unique nursing skills needed in such situations are exactly what the Global Disaster Nursing Program in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, teaches.

Rickey Hall Named Vice Chancellor for Diversity

Rickey Hall, vice chancellor for diversity

Rickey L. Hall, assistant vice president for equity and diversity at the University of Minnesota, has been named vice chancellor for diversity at UT. He will begin work in June 2013.

From Afghanistan to the UT Campus, Student Veteran Continues to Serve

Douglas Oeser

Grad student. Loving father. Veteran. Twenty-five-year-old Douglas Oeser holds all these titles. Oeser is one of UT’s student veterans. He served the US Army in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2008 and again from 2009 to 2010. Oeser recalled that the transition from soldier to student wasn’t easy.

CURENT Hosts ‘Tomorrow’s Engineers Today’

Twenty-six high school girls arrived on UT’s campus with an idea of what engineering was but after four hours of exploration they had a much clearer idea. The girls were taking part in a program called “Tomorrow’s Engineers Today,” organized by CURENT along with the campus’s chapter of Society of Women Engineers and TN-SCORE.

Report: Modest Economic Growth Continues, Some “Sore Spots” Persist

Modest employment gains, an uptick in consumer spending on automobiles, and marginal improvements in the housing industry are indications the US and Tennessee economies are inching toward recovery. But it will be at least another year or two before the economy shows significant growth, according to a study by the UT Center for Business and Economic Research.

Center for Literacy Studies Changes Name to Reflect Broader Mission

The Center for Literacy Studies has changed its name to reflect its broader mission to support improvement in education and workforce development through training, resources, advocacy, and research. The organization’s new name is the Center for Literacy, Education, and Employment.

Campus has New Peace Corps Recruiter

Amanda McRoy, center, with some friends in Cameroon during her two-year Peace Corps stay

Amanda McRoy said joining the Peace Corps was “the most life-changing decision” of her life. Now, she wants to help UT students as they consider service in the Peace Corps.