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WBIR: Positively Schwall – Science Girls

WBIR’s Ken Schwall put on his science thinking cap and joined middle school girls at science camp. Hosted by CURENT and NIMBioS research centers, the fun and educational day camp for middle school-aged girls features activities and tours that have been planned by faculty and education staff at each center.

UT Chancellor Honors Top Faculty, Staff and Students


Faculty, students and staff were recognized at the annual University of Tennessee Honors Banquet Monday at the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center. At the banquet, the largest UT honors event of the year, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek saluted the accomplishments of key members of the campus community.

UT Landscape Architecture Students, City Partner on Watershed Issues

Landscape architecture students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, are partnering with the City of Knoxville to address challenges facing the region’s watersheds. The students are researching, drawing site designs, and writing policy recommendations that address storm water quality and flash flooding. The goal is to improve the health of regional water resources and the communities they sustain.

UT Leads Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountains

Wildflower Pilgrimage | Image via Dennis McCarthy

As flowers blossom and birds and insects emerge, so will hundreds of pilgrims—as they head to the Great Smoky Mountains for the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage. In its sixty-second year, it is a tradition led by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Sixteen UT Students Chosen to Intern with Tennessee State Legislature

Sixteen students from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have been chosen to participate in this year’s Tennessee Legislative Intern Program. The program, established in 1972, provides opportunities for Tennessee college and university students to work and learn in a hands-on legislative environment.

UT’s Brittany Thomas is State Bar’s Law Student Volunteer of the Year

Third-year law student Brittany Thomas is busy planning for spring break. But she won’t be hitting the beach. Rather, she’ll be overseeing projects around the state to help women immigrants renew their visas and help soldiers write their wills. For years of efforts like these, Thomas has been named Law Student Volunteer of the Year by the Tennessee Bar Association.

UT Economist Matt Murray Tapped to Lead Baker Center


Professor Matt Murray, associate director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at UT Knoxville, has been appointed director of the Howard H. Baker Center Jr. Center for Public Policy. He will begin immediately. Murray, the Ball Corporation Professor of Business, will take the place of Carl Pierce, who has directed the center since June 2009.

UT Survey Finds Tennessee Drivers Feel Less Safe on Roadways


Four out of ten drivers feel less safe on the road than they did five years ago. That’s according to a recent highway safety survey of Tennesseans conducted by the Center for Transportation Research and the Center for Applied Research and Evaluation at UT Knoxville. The biggest fear factor: distracted drivers.

UT Professor Explains How ‘Permaculture’ Can Help us Help Ourselves

Chad Hellwinckel has a vision for long-term sustainability. A research assistant professor in the Agricultural Economics and Natural Resources department, Hellwinckel hopes to help prepare UT for the challenges of the future linked to the decline in energy availability. These challenges include growing food year round and creating self-reliant energy systems.