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Partnerships That Make a Difference: Center for Transportation Research

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This week’s featured partnership is the Center for Transportation Research. CTR partners with state and local agencies, businesses, and industry throughout the country. CTR works with community agencies to meet the needs of transportation-disadvantaged residents and conducts a summer transportation academy for seventh- and eighth-grade girls.

Hydraulics and Sedimentation Lab Holds Promise of Water Security

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Water-related issues are quickly shaping up to be a major concern around the world, and a new lab at UT hopes to tackle that concern. The Hydraulics and Sedimentation Laboratory officially opened this week, with the implications of its research already being felt.

Edelman Urges Grads to Make a Difference

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Civil rights and social equality advocate Marian Wright Edelman urged graduates to do their part to make America “more just, more hopeful, more peaceful, more productive, inclusive, and unified.” Chancellor Cheek awarded Edelman an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters —the ninth honorary degree given by UT—at the College of Communication and Information commencement ceremony.

Faculty Member Continues Research Project with New Jersey Youth

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UT faculty member Andrew Steen will travel to Pennsylvania this month to continue a research project that allows inner-city New Jersey teens to experience hands-on science. This is the third year of the project, which started when Steen learned from a friend—Patrick Murray, a teacher at Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark, New Jersey—about

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Wirth Receives Top DOE Honor, Credits UT-ORNL Partnership

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The US Department of Energy has named Brian Wirth, a joint UT College of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory appointee, an Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award winner for 2014. Given by the DOE in recognition of research supporting science, energy, or national security, it is considered the highest achievement that a midcareer researcher can receive.