UT Spotlight News

Big Idea: UT Staff Member Works for Safer Toys

Cat Wilt wants to make toys healthier, safer, and more environmentally-friendly. The director of the Center for Clean Products, Wilt was instrumental in developing North America’s first and only third-party environmental toy standard, UL 172. Manufacturers can demonstrate environmental leadership and a commitment to safeguarding children’s health by pursuing the voluntary certification.

Big Idea: Senior Organizes Fashion Show to Help Haiti

Katie Riley’s big idea has translated into big help for a destitute community. In 2009, she organized “Fierce and Fancy,” an event where people donated old formal dresses for a fashion show and silent auction to raise money for a Haitian community. The Haiti Outreach Program and the UT Haiti Club will host its third annual fashion show and dress sale on Saturday, March 3.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Morgan Baltz

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni share big ideas that are making a difference in their world and the world around them. Morgan Baltz, a senior studying chemical and biomolecular engineering, has the big idea of engineering better medicine.

Rock On! Beloved UT Landmark Safely Moved to New Location

The Rock, a beloved landmark and venue for student self-expression on the UT Knoxville campus, is now in its new location. On Wednesday, the Rock was moved about 275 feet diagonally across the street to its new location near the Music Building.

Reshaping the Image of Booker T. Washington

In this article in the Chronicle Review, the book-review companion to the Chronicle of Higher Education, UT Knoxville history professor Robert J. Norrell discusses his book Up from History: The Life of Booker T. Washington.

Tenopir Studies the Digital Age

For someone so steeped in the digital age, it’s ironic that School of Information Sciences Professor Carol Tenopir, a member of the inaugural class of Chancellor’s Professors, has a house full of books.

Small Worlds – Big Results

Six hundred of UT Knoxville Chancellor’s Professor George Pharr’s research worlds would fit within the diameter of a human hair. But the nanoscale materials he studies now figure largely in modern medicine, space exploration, computer hard drives and everyday products like tennis rackets.

Chancellor’s Professor Sally Horn Studies Climate Change

UT Biogeography Professor Sally Horn takes long, arduous trips back through time—not in a space capsule but on a wobbly Huck Finn type of raft on remote Costa Rican lakes. It’s the type of opportunity she now promotes for undergraduate and graduate students, area schoolteachers and the occasional tourist interested in learning. Her selection as a Chancellor’s Professor—UT Knoxville’s highest permanent academic honor—is rooted in her enthusiastic teaching and more than 25 years of outstanding research.