Big Orange Big Ideas News

What’s Your Big Idea?—Bill Bass

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Bill Bass, a professor emeritus of forensic anthropology, had the big idea to start the Forensic Anthropology Center, also known as the “Body Farm.”

Big Idea: New Tech Tool Helps You Find Books in Hodges Library

Need a library book, but don’t want to spend hours hunting for it in the John C. Hodges Library? Thanks to a big idea called StackMap, the search should be much quicker. StackMap displays book information and pinpoints not only the floor but the specific shelf range where a book is housed.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Michael Pickelsimer

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Michael Pickelsimer, graduate student in electrical engineering, has the big idea of charging electrical vehicles without ever having to plug them in.

Big Idea: Stroller Tours Allow Caregivers, Children to Enjoy McClung Museum

The staff at the Frank H. McClung Museum has come up with a way for caregivers to enjoy the museum’s offerings without the worry of their children disrupting other visitors. They’ve created the Stroller Tour. Parents, caregivers, squirming babies, and toddlers are invited to the first one on Monday, October 22. It will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the museum’s Decorative Arts Gallery.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Howard Hall

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Howard Hall, a Governor’s Chair professor of nuclear security, has the big idea to take UT’s capabilities and apply them to the challenge of global nuclear security.

Big Idea: Professor Finds New Way of Teaching Computer Programming

Brad Vander Zanden

Brad Vander Zanden, a professor in electrical engineering and computer science, developed a big idea to help beginning computer science students. Vander Zanden created a program to use in Computer Science 102 that gives students an easy way to enter computer programs and test them in class. It is a simplified introduction to the type of programming that professionals do.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Michael Zemel

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Michael Zemel, a professor emeritus of nutrition, had the big idea to start a company which sells nutrition supplements that promote weight loss and healthy blood sugar.

Big Idea: Students Lead Voter Registration Drive

Three Baker Ambassadors have a big idea to get the UT community to participate in the November 6 presidential election. Charleigh Cagle, Lisa Dicker, and Alexandra Chaisson led a voter registration drive at UT. The drive started September 26 and ends at 5:00 p.m. today. The three ambassadors said voting is an important and easy way to get involved with the government.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Paul Erwin

Paul Erwin, professor and director of public health, has the big idea of using research to make communities healthier. His Public Health Grand Rounds program focuses on practice-based research to improve the public’s health. PHGR is an activity of UT’s Department of Public Health and Knox County Health Department’s formal partnership called the Academic Health Department.

Big Idea: Professor Uses Board Games to Teach Decision-Making

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James Ostrowski, a professor in industrial and information engineering, devised a big idea to combat his students’ boredom: board games. Starting in the spring, Ostrowski will use board games to help students in Industrial Engineering 322 learn about operations research. Operations research is a sub-section of engineering that focuses on using “analytical methods to make decisions with large amounts of data,” Ostrowski said.