College of Arts and Sciences News

UT Professor Tapped to Lead National STEM Education Effort

Lou Gross

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.

School of Music Hosts Gala March 22 to Benefit Scholarships

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.

Registration Open: UT-led Wildflower Pilgrimage to be Held April 15–19

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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.

Graduate Programs in Engineering, Business Nationally Ranked by U.S. News and World Report

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.

VolsTeach Program Establishes Endowed Scholarship for Students

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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.

UT Expert: “Spring Forward” Time Change Can Wreak Havoc on Mood, Health

Theresa Lee

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.

Concerto Competition Winners Featured in March 9 Performance

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.