UT’s Larry Bray and Mark Burton, both of the Center for Transportation Research as well as the Department of Economics, recently helped author a study on inland waterways.
Department of Economics News
Lower unemployment rates, falling gas prices, and increased consumer confidence position the national and Tennessee economies for continued recovery and strong growth in 2015 and beyond.
Climate change has been linked to the recent surge in natural disturbances, such as storms, wildfires, and insect outbreaks. That’s led scientists to look at preemptive measures to mitigate the damage.
A public forum on the chronically poor health condition of people in Knoxville and around Tennessee will be held on Thursday, November 20, at UT Medical Center.
Last week, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek celebrated faculty, staff, and students for their accomplishments throughout the past academic year. Debora Baldwin, associate professor of psychology; Bruce MacLennan, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science; Anthony Nownes, professor of political science; and Marianne Wanamaker, associate professor of economics, each received the Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award.
All eyes turn to Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympics this week as athletes compete to take the gold. But what happens to the city and sporting facilities that have been built for the event once everyone returns home? It’s a question Scott Holladay, an assistant professor of economics at UT, has considered. He’s studied the overall impact of the Olympics on a host city’s long-term growth.
Peter Diamond, Nobel Prize winner in economics and U.S. labor market expert, will be the guest speaker at the Knoxville Economics Forum on Friday, November 8. Reservations are being accepted now for the event, which is sponsored by UT’s Department of Economics. The program will take place at Club LeConte. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by the 8:00 a.m. program. Cost is $20, payable on the day of the event. Space is limited.
Professor Emeritus John R. Moore has dedicated his life’s work to serving the university, and now has created a faculty award in the College of Business Administration. Moore joined the UT faculty in 1953, serving the Department of Economics as a professor, department head, associate dean, and most recently as a researcher in the Construction Industry Research and Policy Center. Moore and his late wife, Shirley (also a UT faculty member), previously established a scholarship in honor of his parents. He now has established the John R. & Shirley Burr Moore Economics Faculty Award.
A plan developed by UT students that would help remove barriers and create incentives for the millennial generation to save more money has won a national financial literacy challenge.
William “Bill” Neilson, J. Fred Holly Chair of Excellence, became head of the UT Department of Economics in the College of Business Administration on January 1. He succeeded Robert Bohm, who retired December 2012 after being department head for ten years.