On Tuesday, Feb. 1, hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members marched from UT Knoxville’s Torchbearer statue to the University Center to mark the 50th anniversary of African-American undergraduate students being admitted to the university. Theotis Robinson spoke to a standing-room-only crowd about his journey from being declined admission to UT, to being one of the first three African-American students admitted.
Downtown Knoxville’s economy may see a boost thanks to a free iPhone application developed by UT researchers in collaboration with three local nonprofit organizations. Called the Beck Tour app, the mobile phone application features 14 historically and culturally significant sites in and around downtown Knoxville.
East Tennessee is home to two of the fastest supercomputers in the world. These high-performance systems help solve the world’s most challenging problems but their abilities are limited. Jack Dongarra, distinguished professor of electrical engineering and computer science, is leading the international charge in developing the world’s next generation of supercomputers.
Welcome Class of 2014! Painted in neon orange spray paint on one of the campus’ most recognizable landmarks, the message was hard to miss. Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt and men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl painted The Rock on Sunday to welcome the freshmen class.
What is it about pranks that we find so interesting and entertaining? That question is at the core of a unique freshman seminar class to be taught by UT’s “Court Jester,” Beauvais Lyons. Lyons is also a gifted artist, mentor and a force behind the UT Knoxville School of Art’s graduate program in printmaking. Students in Lyons’ freshman seminar 129 course will study and stage a number of pranks during the semester to explore the social, political, ethical and artistic uses of the prank.
The Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development, or GLORIAD, is a network of fiber-optic rings that circles the world to allow scientists, students and educators to collaborate in solving some of the planet’s biggest science problems. The network is expanding its reach internationally and in our own backyard.
Want fresh produce grown, harvested and sold by UT Knoxville students? Try the UT Harvest Market which offers a variety sure to tantalize anyone’s taste buds. A project of the UT Institute of Agriculture’s Organic and Sustainable Crops Unit, the Harvest Market is a farmers’ market operated by five student interns who are interested in farming and farmland preservation.
The Transportation Academy, run by the Center for Transportation Research, teaches girls about transportation safety and careers in fun ways using items such as remote control cars and a driving simulator. “I’ve been having a lot of fun. This whole experience has been great,” participant Isabelle Defreese said. “I definitely want to do it again next year. I have learned a lot.”
Here is the scenario: weapons-grade uranium is being secretly stored inside Pasqua Hall, the engineering building on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus by the fictional government of Elbonia, and a terrorist organization is trying to get it and blow it up. Those are the hypothetical terms of, nuclear engineering professor and Governor’s Chair, Dr. Howard Hall’s class project, pitting one half of class against the other.
Asia Dixon, a senior in architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, wants to use her degree to make a difference in the lives of other people. Thanks to the Gensler African-American Internship and Scholarship competition, she’s now a lot closer to being able to do just that.