Big Orange Big Ideas News

Big Idea: Professor Creates Website to Aid Calculus Students

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Professor Nikolay Brodskiy wasn’t satisfied with typical calculus textbooks so he came up with a big idea: create a website with more complete information to help students better understand the subject. Unsatisfied with the textbooks he’d found, Brodskiy began to write his own explanations and answers. He put them on a website to share with students and then added notes and videos from his lectures with interactive demonstrations of concepts.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Nate Kelly

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Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Nate Kelly, associate professor in the department of political science, has the big idea of studying the politics of income inequality in the United States.

Big Idea: Engineering Graduate Uses Degree in Africa

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Stewart Goodwin, a recent UT graduate, has a big idea for using his mechanical engineering degree to help others: In October, Goodwin will travel to South Sudan, Africa, to assist with and construct water supply projects.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Hap McSween

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Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Harry “Hap” McSween, Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, has the big idea of engaging kids in science and engineering by letting them see first-hand that science is fun. McSween will speak at the College of Arts and Sciences Pregame Showcase at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 15, in the University Center Ballroom.

Big Idea: Professor Highlights Student Veterans through Photos

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Art Professor Baldwin Lee wants to help student veterans document their time in the military through their own candid photos. But he’s not looking for posed photos or action shots. He’s interested in pictures that capture their everyday experiences while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lee’s project is called “Through a Soldier’s Eye.”

What’s Your Big Idea?—Cal MacLean

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Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Cal MacLean, head of the theatre department, has the big idea of connecting Knoxville’s local musical talents with UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre.

Big Idea: Professor’s Invention Seeks to Destroy Cancer

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Christian Parigger, associate professor of physics at the UT Space Institute in Tullahoma, wants to advance the fight against cancer. His big idea: develop a technology that goes on a “seek and destroy” mission for cancerous tumors. His invention uses a femtosecond laser to focus in on a specific region to find and acutely map a tumor.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Peyton Manning

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Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Peyton Manning, a 1997 communications graduate, shares his big idea of providing leadership and growth opportunities to at-risk children through his Peyback Foundation.

Big Orange Big Ideas: John Hubbard

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John Hubbard, senior vice president and worldwide head of development operations for Pfizer, Inc., was this year’s commencement speaker for the College of Arts and Sciences. In his address to the graduates, Hubbard shared how his time at UT helped foster future big ideas.

Big Idea: Law Student Pushed for College Access

Tayo Atanda

Today, Tayo Atanda graduates from the College of Law and envisions a future where he’ll influence public policy. But even before he got to UT, he was a community organizer. Wanting to ensure that Nashville high school students from low-income families were encouraged in their college aspirations, Atanda and other young people conducted a study on why only 35 percent of East Nashville high school students were enrolling in college.