This week marks seventy years since the liberation of prisoners held at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland. More than a million people, mostly Jews, were killed there between 1940 and 1945, when Soviet troops liberated the camp. Professor Rob Heller took the photos at Auschwitz in 2007 while in Poland to attend the opening of his Living On photo exhibit.
This annual conference gets students involved in interactive sessions focused on creating a leadership brand, leading in a diverse world, servant leadership, and social justice. That event is followed by a half-day of community service in the Knoxville area in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where students experience first-hand some of the topics and issues discussed earlier in the day.
President Obama will announce today that UT will lead the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, or IACMI, a $259 million public-private partnership. The Institute reflects a $70 million commitment from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and $189 million from IACMI’s partners. Supported by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, IACMI joins four other institutes backed by the Obama administration in a recent push to accelerate advanced manufacturing.
UT Knoxville and the UT Institute of Agriculture have earned the 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for collaborating with community partners to address society’s most pressing needs. The prestigious Carnegie engagement classification recognizes colleges’ and universities’ commitments to strengthening the bond between campus and community. UT joins a group of fifty-two universities with the “very high intensity” research classification and the engaged status designation. Fewer than half of the universities in Carnegie’s “very high intensity” research classification have achieved engaged status.
Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek is meeting with a group led by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in Washington, DC, today to address increasing college access for low-income students. This is the second time this year Cheek has been invited by the White House to discuss this issue. Cheek will share UT’s commitment aimed at increasing STEM graduates by 20 to 25 percent with a primary focus on underrepresented students. Find more information on the College Opportunity Day of Action summit, or watch it live at WhiteHouse.gov.
Effective February 1, Don Ryder will begin serving as the director of bands. Mike Stewart has been named associate director of bands. Ryder and Stewart have held the interim director and associate director positions since October 2013.
Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences, will speak about “Jesus the Jewish Storyteller: Hearing the Parables Anew.”
A documentary featuring the Ireland concert tour of the UT Chamber Singers will air on East Tennessee PBS at 3:30 p.m., Sunday.
In honor of its new exhibit, the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will host an artist panel discussion at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 2.