Distinguished Scientist Bob Hatcher has been awarded the 2014 Marcus Milling Legendary Geoscientist Medal. The award makes Hatcher the only recipient of the three most prestigious medals in his field. The award is presented to a geoscientist who has demonstrated a long history of scientific achievement and exceptional service to the geoscience profession. Hatcher is also the recipient of the American Geosciences Institute’s 2006 Ian Campbell Medal and the Geological Society of America’s 2006 Penrose Medal.
College of Arts and Sciences News
Part of a national effort to advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics undergraduate education is being directed by a UT professor. Three five-day National Science Foundation Ideas Labs —one for biology, one for engineering, and one for geosciences—are being held this month through April 4 in the Washington, D.C., area. Louis Gross, director of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT, will serve as director of the Biology Ideas Lab.
UT School of Music students have played a critical role in enhancing the culture of the community, often offering free concerts for the public’s enjoyment. Community members can return the favor by enjoying good food, drink, and more of the students’ talents and performances during the School of Music’s annual gala on Saturday, March 22.
Each year, more than six hundred people from more than thirty-five states and beyond descend on the Great Smoky Mountains as flowers bloom in almost every hue to explore plant and animal life during the annual Wildflower Pilgrimage. The event is sponsored, in part, by several campus departments.
One of the fastest growing graduate programs at UT has again risen in the 2015 U.S. News and World Report graduate rankings released today. UT’s graduate program in nuclear engineering now ranks fifth among all universities in the nation. The supply chain management and logistics graduate program held steady at seventh place among public universities and eleventh place nationally, the same as last year.
Hundreds of middle and high school students from across East Tennessee gather on the UT campus today to celebrate National History Day.
An innovative program at UT that prepares math and science majors to be teachers has established an endowed scholarship for students, thanks to the generosity of two donors. Molly Schaeffer, of Nashville, a senior majoring in mathematics, is the first recipient of the Brent L. and Rachel W. Trentham Endowed Scholarship through the VolsTeach program.
This weekend, we turn our clocks forward an hour. It’s a shift of only sixty minutes, but it’s enough to disrupt the body’s internal clock. The “spring forward” time change is often more difficult than the “fall back” change because it means an hour less sleep. Theresa Lee, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, says even an hour change in your routine can leave you feeling temporarily sleep deprived. And if you’re already sleep-deprived, the one hour could compound the problem.
Four student winners of the annual UT School of Music Concerto Competition will perform Sunday, March 9. The 4:00 p.m. Concertos and Classics concert will be in the James R. Cox Auditorium, Alumni Memorial Building. The concert is free and open to the public.
Haidong Zhou, an assistant professor in physics and astronomy, is not a scientist who is easily daunted by frustration. In