November 30, 2016

UT Continues to Monitor Air Quality

Although rain is finally falling, the Office of Emergency Management continues to monitor air quality issues related to the recent destructive wildfires. The office coordinates with the Tennessee Department of Health to communicate accurate Air Quality Index information to the campus community. In the unlikely event that the AQI reaches a level that requires normal campus operations to be suspended, a UT Alert will be sent to inform the community. Read more...

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UT Geography Expert: Gatlinburg Tragic Fire Was 'A Safe Prediction'

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?” Read more...

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News Sentinel, Tennessean Highlight Grissino-Mayer Expertise on Droughts, Wildfires

The Knoxville News Sentinel and the Tennessean spoke to Henri Grissino-Mayer, professor of geography, about the connection between the drought in the region and the wildfires. Grissino-Mayer has made a career of studying both droughts and wildfires. Read more...

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Professor Develops Algorithm to Improve Online Mapping of Disaster Areas
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 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, and his colleagues have found a way to make the process more effective through an algorithm. Read more...
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Richards Lends Expertise in Wake of School Bus Crash
Stephen Richards, the director of the Southeastern Transportation Center at UT, was featured in a number of media outlets following the tragic school bus accident in Chattanooga. Richards was featured on CNN's Headline News, as well as the Knoxville News Sentinel, the Tennessean, Yahoo News, and on WBIR. One of the key points he advocated was the need to review standards for who can operate a school bus. Read more...
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Students Award $30,000 in Grant Money to Local Nonprofits
A group of UT students awarded $30,000 among 14 area nonprofits this week. The presentation, as well as the process of choosing which nonprofits would receive funds, was part of a nonprofit management class taught by Alex Miller, the William B. Stokely Chair in Management and director of the Consortium for Social Enterprise Effectiveness in the Haslam College of Business. Miller described the course as an opportunity for students to learn through service and experience. Read more...
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Faculty Pub Tonight
The Ryan McDonald and Colt Jones Memorial Toy Drive, Now Through Dec. 12 Read more...

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UT Balinese Gamelan Concert, 6 p.m. Thursday

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