More than 3,800 students graduated from the university last week. Many of our graduates, speakers, honorees, and programs captured widespread media attention. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Noble Wilford spoke to graduates from the College of Communication and Information, former NPR anchor Ann Taylor spoke to graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences, and financial guru Dave Ramsey spoke to graduates from the College of Business Administration. Read on for an overview of last week’s news.
College of Communication and Information News
Pulitzer Prize–winning science journalist John Noble Wilford has told some of the world’s biggest stories since he graduated from UT almost sixty years ago. The first walk on the moon. The search for life on Mars. The Challenger disaster. Wilford—who received the university’s sixth honorary doctorate and spoke at the College of Communication and Information commencement ceremony on Wednesday—won a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for his reporting of science and space exploration and again in 1987 as part of the reporting team that covered the space shuttle Challenger disaster. His New York Times front-page story about the first walk on the moon in 1969 is the most widely used account of the historic event.
The campus closed out the spring semester with its annual Honors Banquet. At the event, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek celebrated faculty, staff, and students for their accomplishments throughout the past academic year. Amadou Sall, a lecturer of Africana studies, received the Hardy Liston Jr. Symbol Of Hope Award. Associate Vice Chancellor Marva Rudolph, who passed away in February after more than twenty years of service to the university, was added to the African American Hall of Fame. The College Of Communication And Information received the first Marva Rudolph Diversity Award for the breadth and depth of its diversity efforts on both the college and campus levels.
Alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Noble Wilford will receive an honorary doctorate during this semester’s commencement ceremonies. Wilford, a 1955 journalism graduate, will receive an honorary doctorate of letters and science at the College of Communication and Information ceremony on May 7. He headlines the list of accomplished speakers at this spring’s college ceremonies, which begin May 7 and run through May 10. More than 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.
UT has been selected to compete in the EcoCAR 3 Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition, continuing a tradition of extended participation in all but one competition series in the twenty-six-year history of AVTCs.
Four students who spent two weeks in Croatia in March produced a thirty-minute program while they were abroad. It will air on WBIR on Easter Sunday, April 20. The program will be part of the UT TODAY show that airs at 11:30 a.m. The students’ trip was part of an exchange funded by a US State Department grant and led by Professor Sam Swan.
Four faculty members from UT’s College of Communication and Information have received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to spend two years educating master’s students in the area of scientific data curation, with a special emphasis on organizational communication skills that support team science.
With more scholarly journals being distributed electronically rather than in print form, Elsevier—a publishing company—has contracted with three UT College of Communication and Information faculty members to determine how journal articles are used after they are initially downloaded.
The College of Communication and Information will host Social Media Week March 31–April 3 in the Communications Building on campus. The four-day event will feature presentations, panel discussions, and open forums with social media experts from BuzzFeed, ESPN, Scripps Network Interactive, Viggle, Sports Illustrated, AC Entertainment, and the US Coast Guard. Paul Finebaum, radio and television host for ESPN and 1978 UT political science graduate, will give the keynote address.
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.