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UT Patents Help Prevent Everything from Nuclear Disaster to Onion Milkshakes

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UT patents have helped improve everything from rechargeable batteries to the taste of dairy products. For example, UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Global Nuclear Security Howard Hall, Nuclear Engineering Professor Steven Skutnik, and nuclear engineering student Michael Willis developed and patented a mobile device that can successfully detect sources of nuclear radiation. Take a look at our list of some of the notable contributions of UT researchers.

Honorary Degree Awarded to Interior Design Alumna, Gensler Exec

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For Robin Klehr Avia—now regional managing principal of one of the world’s leading architectural firms—being on stage at the College of Architecture and Design commencement ceremony filled a gap missing from her life for forty years. Having missed her own graduation ceremony because of family issues, she finally walked the stage during the UT commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13, as she shook hands with Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek and was awarded an honorary doctorate of fine arts. More than 4,800 students graduated from the university’s eleven colleges and the Graduate School last week during four days of ceremonies and special events.

Miracle Makayla: Graduate Defies Death to Finish Degree

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When death came knocking, all Makayla Claussen could think about was living long enough to earn her college degree. On Saturday, Claussen will achieve her goal. She will receive a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Claussen’s steep climb to graduation and the drive she has demonstrated to get there will make Saturday’s ceremony cause for a Big Orange celebration.

New Grad Earns UT Architecture Degree While Also Completing ROTC

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Studying architecture is demanding. Studying architecture while being in the ROTC is—pun intended—a military regimen. Brice Holmes, of Lacassas, Tennessee, graduates today from the College of Architecture and Design. He is also being commissioned as an officer in the student ROTC program.

Weaver’s Impact Extends from College of Engineering to Honduras

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A passion for engineering and the environment led Liam Weaver to transfer to UT. The drive for a more sustainable planet, combined with a love for visiting its cultures, countries, and ecosystems, helped him find a way to improve lives on a substantial scale. Weaver graduates Saturday with a degree in civil and environmental engineering. At UT, he helped start a chapter of Students Helping Honduras, an organization dedicated to the betterment of that Central American nation.

Dasvidanya: Graduate Heads to Russia to Teach English

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After graduating from UT, Desiree Dube will say dasvidanya—goodbye—to America for a while. Dube, from Clarksville, Tennessee, completed her degree in history and Russian studies and is heading to Russia on a Fulbright scholarship. She will spend the 2016–17 academic year teaching English and learning all she can about Russian culture.

New Wayfinding District and Parking Lot Signage Being Installed

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Do you know what district you work in? New color-coded district signage is now being installed as part of the campus’s year-long wayfinding project. The wayfinding framework divides the campus into seven color-coded districts to make it easier to give directions in a broader context of the campus layout. The names were developed based on a combination of geography, function, and branding. For example, “the Village” is a reflection of the residence halls and student life functions of that district and “Torch” designates the academic core of campus.

At 18, Nursing Student May be Youngest Graduate in College’s History

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Jacqueline Gaddis is getting a head start on her nursing career. Gaddis—who will receive her degree on Friday from the College of Nursing—is the youngest graduate that college officials can remember. She is only eighteen. She entered college at age fifteen and is graduating alongside her twenty-year-old sister, Madeleine Gaddis, who entered college at age sixteen.

Grad Student from Jamaica Used Sport and Education to Find Better Life

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Melissa Farquharson grew up in the inner city of Kingston, Jamaica. She says it was a tough place to be a girl with a lot of ambition. But driven by her love of sports, and fueled by her own tenacity and the help of some avid supporters, Farquharson found her way to UT and a better life. She will graduate Thursday, May 12, with her master’s degree in sport management and her parents, on their first trip to the United States, will be there to watch.

Like Mother, Like Daughter: Niederhausers Both Love Nursing, Education, Kids

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This week, leading up to Mother’s Day, we’re sharing the stories of some moms who work on our campus. For Victoria Niederhauser and her daughter, Emily, nursing is a family affair. They come from several generations of health care providers and are continuing the tradition. Victoria is dean of the College of Nursing and Emily is a neonatal nurse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Oh Snap! Take a Fresh Look at Some Iconic Photo Spots on Campus

Aloha Oe on Ayres Hall lawn, May 5, 2015. Photos by Nick Myers

Whether you’re new to UT or someone who’s been around campus for years, there are some special places where you—or your visitors—must have photos taken. To get a really nice shot, you’ve got to see these iconic places in a new way. It takes some planning and creativity, but the result will be a photo that gives you that orange fuzzy feeling.

UT Gardens and McClung Museum Partner to Grow Prehistoric Native American Plants

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UT’s McClung Museum has partnered with UT Gardens to create a garden featuring food plants grown in the Americas thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans. The project is the work of Gary Crites, the McClung Museum’s curator of paleoethnobotany; Susan Hamilton, UT Gardens director; James Newburn, UT Gardens assistant director; and Holly Jones, UT Gardens kitchen manager.

UT Law Students Argue Cases before US Court of Appeals

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Students in the College of Law’s Appellate Litigation Clinic recently traveled to Cincinnati to argue two cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Third-year law students Alexandra Wolff and Trey Neal received the opportunity to argue their cases after nearly a year of intense preparation supported by fellow students Cameron Kapperman, Patrick Morrison, and Sara Ohlman.

UT Student One of 25 to Attend Prestigious Accounting Workshop

Michelle Harding, a doctoral candidate in accounting in UT’s Haslam College of Business.

Michelle Harding, a doctoral candidate in UT’s Haslam College of Business, is one of twenty-five students in the nation selected to attend the Early Career Professional Development Workshop at Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, June 22–25. Attendees are selected based on their ability to successfully publish top-tier research. The workshop aims

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New Faculty Invited to Teaching Institute

New faculty who will teach undergraduate and graduate courses are invited them to attend the New Faculty Teaching Institute. The workshop is 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, August 3-5.