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.
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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.
Students in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media are “learning by doing” as they produce a weekly news program called UT Today for WBIR-TV Channel 10 in Knoxville. The half-hour program begins its twentieth season on Sunday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m. UT Today was named the best student newscast in the state by the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters Association in 2013. The program is produced by an advanced television news class taught by Sam Swan, professor of journalism and electronic media.
The College of Communication and Information will name a classroom in honor of CCI alumna Hilda Murray, an accomplished entrepreneur and business executive. A brief ceremony, part of the CCI Board of Visitors spring meeting, will take place from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 7, in Room 309 of the Communications Building. A plaque honoring Murray, which will hang outside the classroom, will be unveiled at the ceremony.
Ron Winslow has spent the last quarter century chronicling the most important health news—from the latest cancer research to questions about medical ethics—for Wall Street Journal readers. Winslow will talk about “Covering Science: Worst of Times, Best of Times” when he delivers the annual Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture at 8:00 p.m. on March 11 in the McClung Museum Auditorium.