UT will award two honorary degrees and welcome a host of accomplished speakers at this spring’s commencement ceremonies, which begin May 8. Honorary degrees will be awarded to renowned journalist John Seigenthaler at the College of Law commencement and to opera singer Mary Costa, known as the voice of Sleeping Beauty, at the College of Arts and Sciences commencement. More than 3,730 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.
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Cesar Millan, better known as the Dog Whisperer, has featured the Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT) program and the role its animals will play in helping students relieve stress during finals week. The article also highlights their upcoming visit to the UT Libraries. The HABIT dogs remain one of the campus’s more popular finals week
As final exams draw near, many areas of campus are offering ways to help students focus, unwind, or both. And while the first step of being ready for finals is staying healthy, students will have activities ranging from ice cream socials to puppy play time to help soothe their frazzled nerves. Classes end this Friday. Monday, April 29, is a study day. Finals begin Tuesday, April 30.
The relationship between humans and animals—from pets to food—will be explored during the International Veterinary Social Work Summit April 11 through 13 at UT. All health and welfare professionals who treat humans or animals are invited to the summit. One session, featuring the two keynote speakers, Temple Grandin and Hal Herzog, will be free and open to the public. The College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Social Work are sponsoring the event.
Get to know Steve Adair and Diane Hendrix from the College of Veterinary Medicine. A veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation specialist, Adair is known for paying special attention to his patients during their treatment and rehabilitation. Hendrix says a great day for her is when she has at least four different species of patients come across her exam table.
UT has launched a new institute to research solutions to medical problems such as devices for improved delivery of medications, better imaging technology, and optimized efficiency in the healthcare setting. Finding answers to these and many other healthcare problems is possible through a unique collaboration introduced by the new Institute of Biomedical Engineering.
Dr. Marcy Souza, assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, appeared on the TODAY show to discuss why finding a cure for White Nose syndrome in bats is so important. The fungus is currently spreading through America’s caves, threatening the existence of bats from Canada to the deep south.
WBIR-TV visited the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Pet Loss Support Group to see how the school’s veterinary social work program is helping people cope with the loss of loved ones. Staff social worker Sarina Lyall says pet death and its grief are still hard for some to understand. Lyall explains, “We hope to help [people] maybe educate others that when they are saying, ‘It’s just a dog,’ they can say, ‘not to me.'”
The university commemorated the 150th anniversary of the establishment of public land-grant universities on Saturday, November 3, during the annual Ag Day celebration. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Land Grant College Act of 1862, providing federal funds to establish many of America’s public colleges and universities to teach agriculture and the mechanical arts to all.
Thanks to the College of Veterinary Medicine’s new expansion project, UT will soon provide many veterinary services that aren’t found anywhere else in the state. The new center will feature an in-ground, underwater treadmill; an orthopedic diagnostics center; and a new imaging center with Spiral CT and MRI access for both large and small animals.