Hap McSween News

Big Orange Family Campaign: Faculty Giving

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Harry “Hap” McSween has worked for the university for thirty-seven years. He’s been giving back to UT for more than thirty years. A Chancellor’s Professor, distinguished professor of earth and planetary sciences, and last year’s SEC Professor of the Year in 2013, McSween gives back to the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. “I’m just trying to make my academic program stronger,” he says. The Big Orange Family Campaign wraps up this week, and there are lots of ways for faculty and staff to give back to the areas of campus that matter most to them.

World-Renowned Mars Expert to Present at Science Forum

The asteroid Vesta and the Dawn mission that uncovered its mysteries will be the topic of Friday’s Science Forum. Hap McSween, Chancellor’s Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, will present “Exploring the Asteroid Vesta: NASA’s Dawn Mission.” The presentation begins at noon in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Attendees can bring lunch or purchase it at the arena.

Take a Sneak Peek of UT’s New TV Commercial

From science stars to baseball starters, the university’s latest TV commercial shines a light on the talent and opportunities that abound on Rocky Top. Harry “Hap” McSween, Distinguished Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, is a leading expert on the composition of Mars and meteorites. R.A. Dickey, former Vol baseball player and current pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays, won the 2012 National League Cy Young Award.

Professor Harry “Hap” McSween Honored with Whipple Award

Harry “Hap” McSween, a UT professor who is a leading expert on the composition of Mars and meteorites, will be awarded the Whipple Award from the American Geophysical Union. McSween is a Chancellor’s Professor and distinguished professor of earth and planetary sciences.

SEC Professor of the Year Living Childhood Dream

Hap McSween, Chancellor’s Professor and Distinguished Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, was featured in an article by the SEC. McSween will be recognized as the 2013 SEC Professor of the Year at the Southeastern Conference Spring Meetings in Destin, Florida.

Professor Harry ‘Hap’ McSween Named SEC Professor of the Year

Harry “Hap” McSween, a UT professor who is world-renowned for his research of meteorites and Mars, has been named the Southeastern Conference Professor of the Year. McSween is a Chancellor’s Professor and distinguished professor of earth and planetary sciences. The SEC Professor of the Year Award honors one SEC faculty member from the fourteen conference universities whose record in research, scholarship and service places him or her among the elite in higher education.

NPR: NASA Says Ancient Mars Could Have Supported Life

Hap McSween, earth and planetary sciences professor, spoke to NPR about NASA’s Mars Curiosity mission’s latest discovery. An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA’s Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes by revealing some key ingredients for life.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Hap McSween

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Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Harry “Hap” McSween, Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, has the big idea of engaging kids in science and engineering by letting them see first-hand that science is fun. McSween will speak at the College of Arts and Sciences Pregame Showcase at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 15, in the University Center Ballroom.

Pregame Showcase Gives Football Game Days an Academic Kickoff

Game days feature more than football on campus. Now in its twenty-third season, the College of Arts and Science’s Pregame Showcase has been giving fans the chance to hear from esteemed UT faculty prior to each gridiron matchup. This year’s first showcase will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, before the home opener against Georgia State. Professor Cal MacLean, head of the theater department, will talk about the collaboration that has gone into the Clarence Brown Theatre’s production of “Sweeny Todd.”