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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.

UT Family Pitches in to Build ‘Extreme Makeover’ Home for Local Couple

The UT Knoxville family has been pitching in to help build a home for a local couple, courtesy of the ABC-TV program ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.’ UT staff and students joined hundreds of other area volunteers moving dirt, carrying concrete forms and building the walls of the house on Robinson Road in West Knoxville for Daniel and Mandy Watson and their three adopted children.

Knox County Students to Learn from UT Solar-powered House

Knox County middle school students this month will learn about energy efficiency and sustainability through Living Light, UT Knoxville’s solar-powered house. Diane Bossart, research associate and manager of the Tennessee Tour, will present the lessons at one private and four public schools, and students will experience them through hands-on activities.

UT Student Spearheads Calculator Donation to Knox County School

A year ago, after learning that many high schools were desperate for high-end math and science calculators, UT Knoxville physics senior George Duffy began collecting them one by one. Along the way, he met professor Fritz G. Polite, director of the Institute for Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity. On Wednesday, the collection project—dubbed Calculators to Classrooms—donated twenty-five graphing calculators and fifteen scientific calculators to the Paul L. Kelly Academy.

23rd Annual Jazz for Tots Program Entertains While Helping Needy Kids

‘Tis the season for Christmas music, community, and a giving spirit. Keith Brown has created a tradition of bundling these elements in the annual Jazz for Tots performance put on by the UT Jazz Program. This year’s performance will be at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 27. The event is open to the public and as admission, attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to the Toys for Tots foundation, run by the U.S. Marine Corps.