Imagine a material that could make most everything around you more energy efficient. Its development is underway at UT. Ramki Kalyanaraman and Gerd Duscher, associate professors in the Department of Materials Science are designing an ultra-light, high-efficiency solar fiber with the aim of creating fabric and clothing that would convert light into energy. Metal filaments within the fibers allow the energy to be sent to batteries or other devices.
Want to see your favorite performers from American Idol in person? UT and the producers of the television singing competition are offering a special ticket price to faculty, staff, and students for the upcoming American Idol Live concert. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. August 6, and features the top eleven finalists from the
The small animal oncology service at the College of Veterinary Medicine is asking for your help. They are designing new material and a web page to educate the general public about veterinary oncology and have come up with the tagline “Teaming up to sniff out cancer.” Now, they need a great image to go with it and are calling on the campus community to submit designs.
Almost half of college graduates with disabilities in the U.S. are unemployed. UT is tackling this problem through a one-of-a-kind partnership. The Disability Careers Office, established in 1999 as part of Career Services, links the resources from Career Services and the Office of Disability Services to assist students and alumni who have various disabilities to be competitive in their career search and connect to employers seeking a diverse workforce. The office is being presented as a model for other states at the National Governors Association institute to be held on May 10 in Pittsburgh and May 23 in Seattle.
The results of this week’s Student Government Association elections were certified this afternoon. We congratulate our new officers on their election. We appreciate all students who participated in the campaigns and voted. We look forward to working with our new leaders for the benefit of our student body.
A company that sells customized cycling apparel is the winner of UT’s 2013 Vol Court session. Jordan Humble, a senior in global politics and economics and founder of Privateer Cycling Apparel, claimed first place. Vol Court is an entrepreneurial education series that ends with a competition among aspiring entrepreneurs for cash prizes to launch their business. The series is held both in the fall and spring and is open to students, faculty, and the general public.
Robert W. Glenn, a former UT professor of speech and communication, passed away on December 25 in Wichita, Kansas, at the age of 68. Glenn was a member of the Tennessee Conference of the American Association of University Professors. The organization honored him in 2002 with its Claxton Award for exemplary service in higher education. He retired from UT in 2010.
Though some of Santa’s elves spend their days putting together toys, special “scout” elves are adopted by families to watch over boys and girls during the day and report back to Santa at night. That’s the premise behind one of the holiday’s newest crazes—Elf on a Shelf. And it’s the brainchild of Carol Aebersold, a UT alumna.
A Clarksville, Tennessee, vineyard beat out wineries from fourteen states and won the Best of Show title at UT’s eleventh annual Wines of the South competition. Beachaven Vineyards and Winery took the main prize with its 2008 Syrah during the competition this month. Fifty wineries from across the Southeast entered the contest and submitted 392 wines.
The top communicator for the National Football League (NFL) will be the featured speaker at UT’s PR Day, October 19 at the UT Conference Center on Henley Street. Paul Hicks, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications, will deliver the Ackermann PR Keynote Lecture at the event.