Eighteen percent of the adult population in the US lacks a high school credential. Many go back to school to earn their General Educational Development credential, better known as the GED. Yet, half of those who teach GED programs say they don’t feel prepared to provide reading instruction. Steve McCallum, department head in education psychology and counseling, worked with professors Sherry Bell and Mary Zeigler to develop a test to assess instructors’ knowledge base. Better teachers could mean more GEDs.
How cool would it be for food to taste exactly how you want it to? Andrew Foust, alumnus of the College of Communication and Information and digital business director at McCormick Spices, has the big idea of creating a mechanism to personalize spices.
What does a classroom look like with no “front”? Stop by the Humanities and Social Sciences Building to find out. Bill Dunne, chair of the classroom upgrade subcommittee and associate dean of the College of Engineering, had the big idea of renovating classrooms to foster student-centric learning.
Imagine a place where you get to convert ideas into tangible and functional prototypes. Professor Lee Martin in the Department of Industrial and Information Engineering had the big idea to start the Ideation Lab, or iLab, with his colleague, Professor Xueping Li.
Did you know that a UT journalism professor is sparking an industry trend in textbooks? Jim Stovall has the big idea of converting journalism textbooks to a multimedia platform.
Jennifer Akerman, adjunct assistant professor in architecture, has the idea to develop an “urban food corridor” in Knoxville. Her students have been going to various places to learn a variety of urban farming techniques. Local food growing is more sustainable than industrial food systems and processing.
From science stars to baseball starters, the university’s latest TV commercial shines a light on the talent and opportunities that abound on Rocky Top. Harry “Hap” McSween, Distinguished Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, is a leading expert on the composition of Mars and meteorites. R.A. Dickey, former Vol baseball player and current pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays, won the 2012 National League Cy Young Award.
Does UT need safe zones? Cat Miller, a senior in kinesiology, hopes one day it won’t. Miller, president of Lambda Student Union and member of the Chancellor’s LGBT Commission, has the big idea of making equality a reality.
If it wasn’t for one UT alum, we might not have the personal computer. Mark Dean, a 1979 graduate in electrical engineering, had the big idea of developing technology that allows us to plug almost anything into computers and have the devices and PCs communicate seamlessly. Dean joined the College of Engineering faculty this fall.
Big Orange Big IdeasFaculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Did you know that UT has a place to find out your exact body fat percentage, resting metabolic testing, and lactate threshold? Brian Rider, a graduate assistant at the UT Center for Physical Activity and Health, talks about the center’s big idea of helping people in Knoxville get healthy and active.