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Sam Adams Profiled for Work to Save Ash Trees


Sam Adams, arborist for Facilities Services, was recently profiled by the website Environmental Monitor, for his work to save ash trees from the emerald ash borer. Adams has made it his mission to understand the terrible pests and use the best tools currently available to beat them back.

Big Orange Bus Tour Garners Media Coverage Across the State

The Chancellor’s Big Orange Bus Tour generated media interest from print and broadcast outlets across Tennessee. Many stories featured high school seniors who were notified of their admission to UT. The media coverage of the 1,300-mile tour featured UT’s focus on recruiting students from all areas of the state.

Law Graduate Writes Column About Refugee Crisis

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Alumnus William Carey Bateman III (’15) has been working in Budapest, Hungary, over the past few weeks, witnessing firsthand the refugee crisis in Europe. He recently described his experiences in a guest column for The Commercial Appeal.

Flags Placed by Students Gets National Attention


The UT chapter of the Young Americans for Freedom gained national attention for their September 11 memorial last week. The group placed 2,977 flags on the lawn of Humanities Plaza to honor the lives lost in the 2001 terrorist attacks. The Washington Post talked to Meredith Maroney, a co-organizer of the event.

News Sentinel Talks to Faculty Members about Temple Destruction in Syria

Erin Darby, assistant professor of religious studies, and Robert Darby, a lecturer in art history, talked to the News Sentinel earlier this month about the destruction of antiquities in Palmyra, Syria, by the group Da’esh, also known as ISIS or ISIL. The couple conduct research in the area and are the directors of the ‘Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project in southern Jordan. The Times Free Press in Chattanooga also published the story.

Wolitz Discusses Kim Davis Case with WATE


David Wolitz, associate professor of law, spoke to WATE on September 4 about Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’ rights under the First Amendment to deny same-sex marriage licenses out of her Rowan County office. Davis was recently jailed after a judge found her in contempt of court and ruled that she could not disobey the law by refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Law Graduate Interviewed for US News and World Report Podcast

Tricia Dennis, a College of Law graduate, talks about her thirty-year career as a personal injury attorney and the challenges of maintaining a solo practice, along with how she’s dealt with sexist attorneys in a podcast from the I Am the Law blog of US News and World Report.

Chili the Border Collie Helps Students Relax at School

The News Sentinel recently published a story about Chili, an 8-year-old Border Collie mix, who serves in the Gresham Middle School counseling office. Chili is part of H.A.B.I.T., Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee, a program of the College of Veterinary Medicine at UT that brings animal-assisted therapy and visitation programs to facilities including area schools.

Murray on Tennessee This Week to Talk Gas Tax

Matthew Murray, director of the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy and associate director of the university’s Center for Business and Economic Research, was on WATE’s Tennessee This Week discussing the state’s possible gas tax.