December 1, 2015

Acclaimed Poet Joy Harjo Named Chair of Excellence in Creative Writing
Joy Harjo, an award-winning poet, musician, and author whose works reflect her Muscogee Creek tribal heritage, will be coming to UT next fall as the new Chair of Excellence in Creative Writing. Harjo will be the twelfth faculty member to be honored with a Chair of Excellence, a title reserved for scholars and writers of the highest distinction. Read more...
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Salamander Strut: NIMBioS Studies How Animals Moved from Water to Land
Scientists at UT's National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis have been watching tiger salamanders strut their stuff. It's an exercise that's helping them learn more about how the earliest four-legged vertebrate animals transitioned from water to land around 390 million years ago. Read more...
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DOE Selects UT to Develop Cutting-Edge Classes

The US Department of Energy selected UT and Virginia Tech to receive almost $6 million in combined funding for the development of postgraduate courses and studies in power electronics. Read more...

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Dongarra Honored for Leadership in High Performance Computing
Professor Jack Dongarra plays a major role in the world of supercomputing, and those efforts recently earned him national recognition. Dongarra, who serves as director of the Innovative Computing Laboratory at UT, was chosen by readers of HPCwire Magazine as one of its two recipients of the award for Outstanding Leadership in High Performance Computing. Read more...
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Haslam College of Business Students to Study in Cuba

Later this month, the Haslam College of Business will take eighteen first-year business students to study abroad in Cuba. The program, led by George Drinnon and Andrew Seidler in the college's undergraduate programs office, will take students to Havana December 11–19. Read more...

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Future of Roadway Funding in Tennessee Draws Wide Media Coverage

A recent policy brief about funding transportation from the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy has garnered national attention. Baker Center Director Matt Murray, David Greene, the senior Baker fellow in energy and the environment at the center, and Mark Burton, a research associate professor of economics and the director of economics for the Center for Transportation Research, collaborated on the report. Read more...

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Announcements
AgResearch Announces 2016 Field Day Schedule Read more...
Funding Awarded to Staff Members for Diversity-Related Professional Development Read more...
Board of Trustees Committees to Meet December 7 in Nashville Read more...

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Events
Training Sessions for Research Proposals Submission System, 2:00–4:00 Wednesday Read more...
Choral Concert, 8:00 p.m. today Read more...
A Discussion with Robert "Jeff" Norrell About New Alex Haley Biography, 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Read more...

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