top 25 News

Top 25 Update: UT Has Seen Great Change, but Still Faces Big Challenges

While the journey to become a Top 25 university has already brought about great change, the university must address significant challenges ahead to reach the goal, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek told the UT Board of Trustees on Friday. Cheek updated the board on several aspects of the Top 25 initiative, including the campus’s progress in graduate education, research, and infrastructure and resources.

Rickey Hall Named Vice Chancellor for Diversity

Rickey Hall, vice chancellor for diversity

Rickey L. Hall, assistant vice president for equity and diversity at the University of Minnesota, has been named vice chancellor for diversity at UT. He will begin work in June 2013.

Students Benefit from Regal Scholars Program

From left to right: Regal Scholarship recipients Nicole Galante and Cameron Hensley, Greg Dunn, President and COO of Regal Entertainment Group; Amy Miles, CEO and director of Regal Entertainment Group; and scholarship recipients Kwaku Yeboah, Danny Vo and Angela Kirkpatrick.

For Angela Kirkpatrick, a freshman at UT Knoxville on a pre-med track, the $2,500 Regal Scholarship made it possible for her to further her education and pursue her dreams of becoming a pediatric doctor. The Regal Scholars program, in its third year, provides $2,500 annual scholarships for up to forty Knox County students at UT—ten freshmen, ten sophomores, ten juniors, and ten seniors.

Four Faculty Members Named American Mathematics Society Fellows

Four members of the mathematics faculty are among the first class of American Mathematical Society Fellows. The program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement communication, and utilization of mathematics.

TN Vespre: Simberloff Receives Ramon Margalef Ecology Prize

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology professor Daniel Simberloff was officially awarded the Ramon Margalef ecology prize from the government of Catalonia, an autonomous region of Spain on October 29. A Spanish news station, “Telenotícies Vespre” covered the awards ceremony, featuring an almost two-minute story on Simberloff.

UT RecSports Fields Set to Open in Early 2013

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It won’t be long before University of Tennessee students are enjoying the new and long-awaited RecSports fields on Sutherland Avenue. The 40-acre complex will open early in the spring semester.

Student Union Work to Expand

Student Union Rendering

More work is about to commence for the new Student Union. On Monday, October 29, construction fencing will go up around Temple Court, Aconda Court, and the building at 812 Volunteer Boulevard. The small Staff Lot 12 in this area will be closed. The area known as “the pit,” including the Smokey’s entrance, also will be inaccessible.

UT Study Confirms Solar Wind as Source for Moon Water

Agglutinate sample. Image courtesy of David McKay.

Three years ago UT researchers helped to discover water on the surface of the moon. Now, they are piecing together the origin of that water: solar wind. A new study published in this month’s “Nature Geoscience” confirms solar wind as a source for water embedded in the lunar surface.

Study: Natural Playgrounds More Beneficial to Children, Inspire More Play

The playground at the Early Learning Center, after renovations.

Children who play on playgrounds that incorporate natural elements like logs and flowers tend to be more active than those who play on traditional playgrounds with metal and brightly colored equipment, according to a recent UT study. They also appear to use their imagination more, according to the report.