May 23, 2016

Impact of State Law on Office of Diversity and Inclusion

A new state law requires the defunding of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017. This means that no funds can go to operate the office. On Friday, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek said in a message to the campus that though this change is disappointing, it does not diminish the university's commitment to diversity and inclusion. Read more...

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UT Patents Help Prevent Everything from Nuclear Disaster to Onion Milkshakes
UT patents have helped improve everything from rechargeable batteries to the taste of dairy products. For example, UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Global Nuclear Security Howard Hall, Nuclear Engineering Professor Steven Skutnik, and nuclear engineering student Michael Willis developed and patented a mobile device that can successfully detect sources of nuclear radiation. Take a look at our list of some of the notable contributions of UT researchers. Read more...
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Destination Imagination Global Finals Begin Wednesday

The Destination Imagination Global Finals return to campus this week. This is the sixteenth year the event will be held here and 17,000 people are expected to visit Knoxville. Teams will begin checking in today with competition events running Wednesday, May 25, through Saturday, May 28. Read more...

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College of Social Work Dean Karen Sowers Receives MHA Award
Karen Sowers, dean of the College of Social Work, recently received the Mental Health America’s 2016 George Goodman and Ruth P. Brudney Social Work Award. The award is given to a person who has made significant contributions to the care and treatment of people with mental illnesses. Sowers will receive the award at Mental Health America’s national conference in Alexandria, Virginia, in June. Read more...
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McClung Exhibition Highlighting Dinosaurs to Open June 4

A new exhibit at the McClung Museum explores the evolution of current theories about dinosaurs. Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas opens June 4 and runs through August 28. The exhibit reveals a vivid picture of the prehistoric creatures and introduces how current thinking about dinosaur biology has changed over the past two decades. Read more...

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New York Times Highlights Faculty, Students' Poems in Honor of Zaevion Dobson
The New York Times recently highlighted faculty and students' poems written in tribute to Zaevion Dobson, a Knoxville teen who died while shielding two young girls from gunfire. Read more...
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Signs of a Flood: Preventing Nuclear Power Plant Disasters

From Higher Ground: The expertise of Larry McKay, the Jones Professor of Hydrogeology and head of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, has been called upon by the Electric Power Research Institute, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Tennessee Valley Authority for help in flood risk analyses. McKay and fellow researchers are working to predict river flooding near power plants in the eastern United States. Read more...

Facilities Services Employee of the Month: Ronald Gibson

Congratulations to Ronald Gibson, center, who was named Facilities Services Employee of the Month for April 2016. Gibson, a senior sheet metal worker, was recognized for being eager to help and leading by example. He is often relied upon to give a range of advice to the administrative staff, directors, and deans. Also pictured are Richard Hutsell, left, and Barry Mitchell, right. Read more...

 
 
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