December 31, 2015

Intelligent Conversation: Researcher Developing Smart Sensor Networking
On April 15, 2013, a pair of homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding 264 others. Photographs and videos taken by bystanders and security cameras were analyzed to find isolated images of the perpetrators. But what if those same cameras could have helped prevent the tragedy? "Being able to build smart sensors that can not only acquire data but also automatically detect things and predict their intent is one of our goals," said Hairong Qi, professor of electrical engineering and computer science. Read more...
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Professors Receive National Humanities Fellowships

Two UT professors have received National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships. Tore Olsson, assistant professor of history, and Tina Shepardson, professor of religious studies, received $50,400 each. Read more...

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Third UT Faculty Member Named to National Academy of Inventors
A lifetime of innovation in areas related to computing and processing has led to UT's Doug Birdwell, a professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer science, being named as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Read more...
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Energy Use on Campus Peaks in Morning Hours
Between November and March, UT's energy costs are highest between 5:00–11:00 a.m. During these hours, please consider turning down the thermostat in favor of a sweater, and wait to use large appliances and office equipment until the afternoon. Find out more about UT's peak energy hours and download the Make Orange Green desktop and screensaver wallpapers. Read more...
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NIMBioS: Special Collection Explores Origin and Evolution of Play
Research on the evolution and function of play at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT has culminated in a special issue of the journal Adaptive Behavior. The collection heavily features the research of Gordon Burghardt, who works on many aspects of animal behavior, play behavior, ethical treatment of animals, and zoo animal welfare. Read more...
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American Libraries Interviews Maynor about Communities Coping with Tragedies

UT Digital Humanities Librarian Ashley Maynor created a multimedia web documentary, titled The Story of the Stuff, that explores what motivates the public to send memorials to victims and survivors of tragedies, like the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and at Virginia Tech. American Libraries recently interviewed Maynor about her project, what she learned, and her thoughts about how other communities can cope with similar tragedies. Read more...

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Architecture Students Win Design Awards
Fourth-year architecture students were recently honored for their designs by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and Brewer Ingram Fuller Architects. Read more...
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Announcements
Duncan Greeley is December's Courage to Climb Award Winner Read more...
Call for Applications: Summer Research Experiences at NIMBioS for Undergraduates and Teachers Read more...

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Events
Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida: UT vs. Northwestern, noon Friday on ESPN2 Read more...
Introduction to LiveOnline@UT (Zoom), 1:00–2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 5 Read more...

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