College of Arts and Sciences News

Happy Father’s Day: Charles O. Jackson Created a Lasting Legacy at UT


Sunday is Father’s Day, and to celebrate we asked you to share your UT Dad stories with us. Holly Jackson-Sullivan, director of development for humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences, shares the story of her late father, Charles O. Jackson, who helped shape several aspects of the current College of Arts and Sciences and for whom a lecture series and graduate fellowship is named.

Tennessee Gets a Place at the Table with Newest Element: Tennessine


One of the newest members of the periodic table will likely have a familiar sound to it, even if the spelling might be a bit off: Tennessine. Proposed as a nod to researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Vanderbilt University, and UT who helped confirm its existence, element 117 would be only the second to be named for a state. Since the name Tennessee has its origins in the name of the Cherokee village of Tanasi, it also becomes the first element with Native American roots.

Erin Elizabeth Smith Named Writer-in-Residence


Erin Elizabeth Smith, poet, professor, and creative director for Sundress Academy for the Arts at Firefly Farms, will serve as the Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at UT for the 2016-17 academic year.

In Memoriam: Michael H. Logan


Michael H. Logan, a professor emeritus in the Department of Anthropology, passed away Saturday, May 21. He was 74.

Dasvidanya: Graduate Heads to Russia to Teach English


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.