May 2, 2016

Just Like Your Mother: Wyatts Found their Niche in Nursing

This week, leading up to Mother's Day, we're sharing the stories of some moms who work on our campus. Nursing Professor and HITS Lab Co-Director Tami Wyatt grew up knowing she wanted to be a nurse. Her daughter, Rachael, was determined to be anything but a nurse—until she got to UT. Now Rachael, who graduated last year, is a NICU nurse in Chattanooga, and she says it makes her happy to know that people think she’s just like her mom. Read more...

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The Journey Continues: Approved by UT Board, Vol Vision 2020 Now Moves to Implementation

Vol Vision 2020, which provides the framework for the next phase of our strategic plan, was approved by the Board of Trustees on April 1. This document is the roadmap for the next five years of our journey to become a top-tier public research university. In the coming weeks, implementation guides will be drafted for colleges and divisions to use as they map out specific actions needed to achieve the goals and adopt metrics to measure progress. Read more...

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Brothers Honored for Diversity, Multicultural Work
In late April, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek celebrated faculty, staff, and students for their accomplishments throughout the past academic year. Ernest Brothers, associate dean of the Graduate School, received the Hardy Liston Jr. Symbol of Hope Award for his commitment to diversity and multiculturalism. Read more...
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Faculty Awarded for Leadership Compliance, Integrity, Safety

The Office of Research Integrity presented seven faculty members with Service Excellence and Leadership Awards during a celebration at Tyson House last week. Awards were presented to Christine Egger, professor of anesthesiology; Terry Hazen, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology; David Bemis, professor of bacteriology and mycology; Guoxun Chen, assistant professor of nutrition; Dawnie Steadman, professor of anthropology and director of the Forensic Anthropology Center; Lee Meadows Jantz, senior lecturer and adjunct associate professor of anthropology and associate director of the Forensic Anthropology Center; and Colleen Gilrane, associate professor in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education. Read more...

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Instructure Canvas Will Replace Blackboard Learn
UT Knoxville will begin transitioning from the current learning management system, Blackboard Learn, to Instructure Canvas. OIT will be rolling out Canvas beginning this fall. Blackboard Learn will remain active and fully supported until May 31, 2017. The decision comes after a yearlong evaluation of learning management system options, a series of open product demonstrations, and a competitive bid process. Read more...
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Baker Center Announces Public Policy Challenge Winners
Teams of UT students recently competed in the third annual Howard H. Baker Jr. Public Policy Challenge to find solutions to local and national policy issues. Each of the eleven teams gave a five-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session with competition judges. The students competed for cash prizes to further their policy solutions. First-place winner Lucas Stewart, a senior in economics, developed a policy aimed at drug awareness and health education to mitigate opioid abuse and neonatal abstinence syndrome in East Tennessee. Read more...
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NASA Features Look at Fu's Atmospheric Work
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Joshua Fu is an atmospheric modeler whose research has helped advance the understanding of Arctic gas flaring pollution and climate. When a new study showed that industrial oil fields could be linked to pollution in the Arctic, NASA reached out to him for his expertise. Read more...
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NPR Interviews Pacelle about the Role of Delegates in Presidential Nominations
National Public Radio interviewed Richard Pacelle, head of the Department of Political Science, about the role of delegates in presidential nominations. Read more...
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Announcements
Space Institute Director Finalist Forum for Colonel Keith L. Bearden Is 4:00 p.m. Today Read more...
STRIDE Workshop for Members of Active Search Committees for Faculty Positions Scheduled for Tuesday Read more...
Video: Brad Morgan Recaps Symposium on Professional Leadership Education Read more...

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Events
Graduate School of Education Open House: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion, 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday Read more...
Conversations and Cocktails: The Mormon Church's Polygamous Suffragettes, 6:00 p.m. Tuesday Read more...
Five Choices to Extraordinary Productivity, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday Read more...

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