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What’s Your Big Idea: Food as a Designed Thing

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.

Take a Sneak Peek of UT’s New TV Commercial

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.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Equality

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.

What’s Your Big Idea?—The PC

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.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Getting Healthy

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.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Relaxing and Studying

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Did you know that spending time with your furry friends can ease stress? Ed Cortez, professor and director of the School of Information Sciences, had the big idea of making studying more relaxing for students by visiting with service dogs.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Invasive Species

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Distinguished Professor Dan Simberloff, the Gore-Hunger Professor of Environmental Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a leading expert in invasive species, had the idea of starting an institute to study biological invasions.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Jonathan Overly

Jonathan Overly, director for the East Tennessee Clean Fuel Coalition in the campus’s Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, had the idea to build the planet’s longest biofuels corridor. They began in 2009 and will complete the project this year.