Miranda Gottlieb, who graduated from UT last spring, has been named to the second class of Schwarzman Scholars, a highly competitive program that offers selected students the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in China. She is the first UT student to be selected for the program, which launched in 2015.
Ready for the World News
When Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, a UT professor of geography, heard about the forest fires threatening Gatlinburg, he was not surprised. For years, Grissino-Mayer has been giving talks throughout Tennessee and the Southeast on the subject “Will Our Great Smoky Mountains One Day Go Up in Flames?”
When an 8-magnitude earthquake struck Yingjie Hu’s home province of Sichuan, China, in 2008, he was more than 1,000 miles away attending college in Shanghai. While Hu wanted to help, there wasn’t much he could do due to the long distance. Since then, web-based mapping platforms have been developed that enable volunteers to participate in remote disaster response. Hu, now an assistant professor of geography at UT, and his colleagues have found a way to make the process more effective by developing an algorithm that indicates which areas need detailed mapping first.
A group of UT students will award $30,000 among 14 area nonprofits at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 29, in Room 501 of the Haslam Business Building. The presentation, as well as the process of choosing which nonprofits would receive funds, is part of Alex Miller’s nonprofit management class. Miller described the course as an opportunity for students to learn through service and experience.
Matt Buehler, assistant professor of political science at UT, will give a Global Security Lecture at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 29, in Room 205 of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. He will be joined by political science doctoral student Mehdi Ayari in the presentation, which explains the impact of authoritarian coalitions on Tunisia and explore the authoritarian influence on retaining Tunisian governmental ministers and other ruling elite.
On Oct. 4, Hurricane Matthew swept through Haiti, killing more than 1,000 Haitians and destroying much of the islanders’ way of life. That same day, a UT student and alumnus 1,400 miles away forged a connection because of their shared desire to help the people who had lost so much.
UT, in partnership with West Virginia University, has received $349,999 from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the US Economic Development Administration to study the consequences of falling coal demand on the Appalachian region. Representatives from UT’s interdisciplinary team include researchers from the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research in the Haslam College of Business, the Center for Transportation Research in the Tickle College of Engineering, and the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.
The Native American Student Association at UT with the support of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the university’s Ready for the World initiative are marking Native American Heritage Month with some special events on Saturday. An exhibition of powwow dancing in the HPER atrium will begin at 9:30 a.m.
UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has added 14 new Baker Scholars to its program, bringing the total number to 30. “This select group of students have an academic and career interest in public policy and government,” said Nissa Dahlin-Brown, associate director of the Baker Center. “It is a unique experience for undergraduates to be able to target an issue they are passionate about; research it; and discover ideas, solutions, and unintended consequences.”
Nineteen public relations students are working on a PR campaign about revitalization efforts in downtown Lenoir City. The project is part of this year’s Smart Communities Initiative.