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Mission Statement

As the state's flagship comprehensive research institution, UT Knoxville's primary purpose is to move forward the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate society. The mission of the University of Tennessee is to:

-Advance the community of learning by engaging in scientific research, humanistic scholarship, and artistic creation;
-Provide a high quality educational experience to undergraduate students in a diverse learning environment--promoting the values and institutions of democracy that prepare students to lead lives of personal integrity and civic responsibility in a global society;
-Prepare the next generations of skilled and ethical professionals by providing excellent graduate and professional education that prepares graduates to compete in a diverse world market;

Vision Statement

The University of Tennessee Knoxville intends to be the preeminent public research and teaching university linking the people of Tennessee to the nation and the world.

Recent News

Study: Moon’s Crust Underwent Resurfacing After Forming from Magma Ocean

A research team, which included UT assistant professor Nick Dygert, took to the lab to recreate the magmatic melt that once formed the lunar surface and uncovered new insights on how the modern moonscape came…

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Healthcare Innovation EasyWhip Wins Fall 2017 Vol Court Pitch Competition

A time-saving surgical tool created by UT graduate student Lia Winter took home the top prize at this semester's Vol Court…

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Three Professors Selected to Participate in Diplomacy Lab Program

Three UT professors have been accepted to the US Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab for spring 2018—Stuart Brotman, Devendra Dilip Potnis, and…

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Alumni Veterans Are Saluted at a Weekend Reunion

Some 90 alumni veterans returned to UT over the weekend for…

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Professor Dishes Up Healthy Holiday Hacks

There are many delicious temptations during the holidays, but UT nutrition professor Lee Murphy says there’s always room to hack your favorite recipe in order to reduce calories from added fats…

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Big Orange Give Exceeds Its Goal of a Million Dollars in One Day

UT Knoxville generated 4,993 donors and received more than $1.45 million on November 8 during its one-day Big Orange Give social-media-based…

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UT Earns Top EPA Award

UT has received a 2017 green power leadership award from the US Environmental…

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UT Board Approves Capital Outlay Funding Request for 2018–19 Budget

The UT Board of Trustees approved a list of statewide capital funding requests, with the top priority projects for the UT Institute of Agriculture and UT…

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Businessman, Philanthropist Niswonger to Receive Honorary Degree

The UT Board of Trustees on Friday approved awarding transportation magnate Scott Niswonger an honorary degree from…

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Documentary about CBT’s The Busy Body to Air on PBS November 5

A documentary that chronicles the Clarence Brown Theatre’s spring production of The Busy Body will air on East Tennessee PBS at 4 p.m. Sunday, November 5. Viewers will see key scenes and learn more about the making of Susanna Centlivre's…

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UT Welcomes Fans, Alumni to Homecoming Game Saturday

UT welcomes football fans and alumni to campus Saturday for Homecoming. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. EDT for the Volunteers' game against the Golden Eagles of the University of Southern Mississippi. The SEC Network will televise…

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Laurel’s Echo Luncheon Series Continues This Fall

This fall, students enrolled in UT’s Culinary and Catering program will again present a series of public luncheons where they will hone their skills in a…

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Wu Wins Top Engineering Award for Materials Science Research

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has honored UT’s Yuntao Wu with the 2017 Radiation Instrumentation Early Career Award, a top honor for young faculty. Wu, a research assistant professor in materials science and engineering,…

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Homecoming 101: Events for Faculty and Staff

Homecoming is not just for students and alumni. Faculty and staff can get in on the fun with a number…

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Scholar to Discuss Race and Islam at Siddiqi Lecture October 24

An Indiana University scholar will explore the intersections between identity, Islam, and the African diaspora during a lecture at UT at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday,…

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UT Hosts Symposium This Week for Bat Research, Conservation, and Education

Bat experts from around the country and the world are in Knoxville this week as part of the annual symposium of the North American Society for Bat Research. The conference will provide participants an opportunity to exchange ideas relating to bat…

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Engineering Student Earns STEM Conference Award

The Women of Color STEM Conference has named UT’s Jasmine Worlds the 2017 recipient of the Student Leadership Award from the Career…

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John C. Hodges Library: An Architectural Perspective

This month, we’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of the John C. Hodges Library, which is an expansion of an earlier building of the same name that stood on the site until 1984. That first building, officially the John C. Hodges Undergraduate…

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Chancellor Davenport Shares Message of Hope and Kindness

UT Knoxville Beverly Davenport shared a message of hope and kindness after being formally welcomed as the campus’…

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Naming of Tickle College of Engineering Already Producing Results

On October 14, 2016, the UT Board of Trustees voted to name the Tickle College of Engineering after John D. Tickle in recognition of his most recent transformative gift to his…

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Shaw to Serve As Interim Associate Provost, CIE Director

Shih-Lung Shaw has been appointed interim associate provost and director of the Center for International Education effective…

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Paying It Forward: Alumni Increase Scholarship Opportunities

In recent years, UT has challenged its alumni to fund more scholarships, and they have met that challenge with the help of alumni chapters, special interest councils, and…

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Expert: US Supreme Court to Decide More Contentious Cases This Season

The US Supreme Court has reconvened, and this season promises to be more contentious than the spring as the justices take on tough cases that may result in closely divided decisions, according to Richard Pacelle, a UT professor of…

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Three Professors Named Fulbright Scholars for 2017–18 Academic Year

Three UT professors—Tricia Hepner, Mark Hulsether, and Liz Teston—are serving as Fulbright Scholars this…

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Tree-Planting Ceremony Begins Investiture Events

On Wednesday, October 11, faculty, staff, students, and special guests gathered in Circle Park to plant a white dogwood tree to celebrate Chancellor Beverly…

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UT Welcomes Fans to South Carolina Game Saturday

UT welcomes fans and visitors to campus Saturday for the football game against the University of South…

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Poet to Enter the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame

Erin Elizabeth Smith, senior instructor in English and the Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at UT Libraries, will be inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame at 11:30 a.m. Thursday,…

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Historian’s Talk to Explore Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in Jacksonian Era

A visiting historian will offer a new perspective on how people of color navigated United States imperialism during the Jacksonian era in a talk at 5 p.m. Monday,…

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Take the Online Title IX Training by December 1

Annual online Title IX training is now mandatory for all UT Knoxville faculty…

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Grandin Lecture Draws Crowd

Temple Grandin, an advocate for people with autism whose life story was the subject of an Emmy Award–winning HBO film, addressed a full house Monday at…

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Haslam College of Business Launches Professional Sales Forum

In response to a growing need for qualified and interested sales professionals, UT’s Haslam College of Business recently launched its Professional…

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McClung Museum to Host Archaeology Day Activities

In celebration of International Archaeology Day and National Fossil Day, the McClung Museum will host Can You Dig It?, a free and family friendly event with activities about archaeology…

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Baker Center to Host Three Gubernatorial Candidates in October

UT's Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy will host three gubernatorial candidates…

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Have You Checked Out Hodges Library Lately?

Over the past 30 years many changes have occurred inside its walls, but Hodges Library has always been the heart…

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Organizations to Host Fall and Halloween Events for Campus Community

Campus organizations are gearing up for a host of fall- and…

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Study: Tennessee Population Growing, Except in Some Rural Counties

While the population in Tennessee’s metropolitan counties is expected to continue to grow, many rural counties are expected to see decreases over the coming decades, according to new projections released Friday, October 6, by…

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Community Celebrates Three Decades of UT Forensic Anthropology

Community members got a firsthand look at the work of UT forensic anthropologists during an open house on Sunday, October 1. More than 250 visitors—including children, families of donors, and pre-donors who will give their body to the center…

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Q&A with Laura Wheat: How to Talk to Children about Tragedy

Laura Wheat, assistant professor of counselor education and coordinator of the Grief Outreach Initiative, shares ways to discuss national tragedies with…

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Faculty Receive National Science Foundation Grant for Software Research

Four faculty members from the Haslam College of Business and Tickle College of Engineering have received a National Science Foundation grant totaling…

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Hurricane Maria Aftermath: Why Did Puerto Rico’s Electric Grid Fail?

CURENT, a National Science Foundation-backed center housed at UT, has the electric grid, its security, and its sustainability as…

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Join the Journey Highlights Exceptional Stories of Volunteer Spirit

As part of the Join the Journey celebration, UT featured three stories of exceptional Vols, whose commitment to their endeavors illustrate the…

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Forensic Anthropology Center Hosts Community Open House

The Forensic Anthropology Center will host a community open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, at the William M. Bass Forensic…

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Updated Campus Map Features Wealth of Information

UT's online campus map has been streamlined and optimized for use on mobile devices, but the real difference is what is under…

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In Memoriam: Lawrence “Larry” Taylor

Lawrence “Larry” Taylor, a faculty member who was founder and director of UT’s Planetary Geosciences Institute, passed away September 18. He was 79. A prolific researcher, Taylor had a career at UT that spanned 46 years. He was one…

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Educators Invited to Big Orange STEM Saturday on October 7

East Tennessee K–12 teachers, guidance counselors, and educators of all descriptions are invited to learn ways to help students excel in science and math during Big Orange STEM Saturday for Educators on…

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UT Welcomes Fans to Massachusetts Game Saturday

UT welcomes fans and visitors to campus Saturday for the football game against the Minutemen of the University…

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Respect Is Focus of CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week

The College of Communication and Information’s eighth annual Diversity and Inclusion Week, September 25–28, will feature keynote addresses by Chancellor Beverly Davenport and Knoxville Mayor…

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Banjo Lecture, Live Music Kick Off Humanities Center Series

The banjo as an iconic American instrument has been part of a wide range of…

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Campaign Impact Installations to Appear on Campus

Be on the lookout for hundreds of mortarboards, chairs, hanging lights, giant blocks, and sports equipment throughout Rocky Top…

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World-Class Pianist to Perform at UT on September 21

World-class pianist Hans Boepple will be performing at UT on…

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McClung Museum Time-Lapse Transformation of Exhibitions

The McClung Museum opened its new exhibit, Northwest Coast Art: A Community of Tradition, last Friday, but the planning for the exhibition began over a…

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Students Express Gratitude and Concern in Irma’s Aftermath

When Hurricane Irma roared through the Caribbean and up the western coast of Florida, some UT students were anxiously watching, concerned about loved ones in…

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Saturday Morning Lectures to Explain ‘Physics for Everyone’

Are space and time intertwined? Is light a particle or a wave? What are the building blocks of…

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Hockey Team Hosting Charity Game for Fallen Virginia State Trooper

UT's Ice Vols hockey team will play the University of Richmond Spiders hockey team in a charity game to honor…

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Professor Helps Identify New Prehistoric Crocodile Species

Around 95 million years ago, a giant relative of modern crocodiles ruled the coastlines and waterways of what would one day become north…

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Twenty-four UTPD Officers to Assist at UT–Florida Game

With hurricane recovery efforts underway in Gainesville, Florida, 24 officers from the University of Tennessee Police Department will travel there on Saturday to assist with…

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UT to Host Marian Wright Edelman October 10 for Distinguished Lecture

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, will speak at 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, as part of the Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture Series in UT’s College of Education, Health, and…

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UT Ranked 46th in 2018 U.S. News and World Report Rankings

UT maintained its ranking of 46th among all public universities in the 2018 U.S. News and World Report undergraduate rankings released Tuesday,…

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Historical Note: Two Women Lead This Year’s Pride of Southland Band

When UT’s Pride of the Southland Band takes the field this fall, two women will be front and center. Junior Rebecca Percy of Trussville, Alabama, is the drum major—only the third woman to hold the position. Senior Laiton Pigg is starting…

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UT Hosting First Academic Advising Conference Today

UT is hosting its first academic advising conference today, with plans to make the event an…

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Science Forum Kicks Off Friday with ‘The Future of Energy from Crops’

Joseph Bozell, professor in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries, will present “The Future of Energy from Crops” at the first UT Science Forum of the fall semester on Friday,…

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Title IX Panel Discussion September 12

The Office of Title IX will hold a panel discussion at 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 12 at the Howard Baker Center Toyota Auditorium. Topics will include UT's policy on sexual misconduct, relationship violence, stalking, and retaliation, as well as…

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Reminder for 14-Day Enrollment Deadline

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 5, the university will capture the official enrollment data for Fall 2017. Accurate records are essential for our…

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Registrar Offers Replacement Diplomas to Flood Victims

Office of the University Registrar will provide free replacement diplomas for graduates who lose theirs in flooding that’s resulted from…

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Admissions Recruiter in Houston Offers Support to Flood-Affected Students

As Houston deals with catastrophic flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, a UT admissions recruiter in that Texas city is still on the job—offering her support to both prospective students in Houston and students she helped bring…

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Strong Hall Opening Set for September 8

The campus community is invited to celebrate the official opening of Strong Hall at 3 p.m. Friday, September 8, in the Strong Hall Atrium, 1621…

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WiSTAR3 Provides Networking Opportunities for Graduate Women in STEM

WiSTAR3 kicks off the fall semester with a meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Schulz Brau Brewery, 126 Bernard Avenue. Interested students are encouraged to attend and discuss possible events for this…

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What’s the World Saying? Check Out the Social Media Command Center

There have been more than 470,000 social media mentions of #HoustonStrong since Monday, and you can check out the chatter on the displays in the Adam Brown Social Media Command Center, Communications Building…

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Culinary Institute Offers Fall Community Cooking Classes

This fall, UT's Culinary Institute will offer a variety of hands-on cooking classes. Professional chefs will lead courses for all…

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UT Prepares for 2017 Volunteer Football Season

Ten days from now, UT will welcome Vol fans and visitors to Rocky Top for the first home football game of…

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Study: Tactical Gear Does Not Cause Police to Be More Aggressive but More Oversight, Transparency Needed

The acquisition of surplus military equipment through the US Department of Defense Law Enforcement Support Officers 1033 Program does not cause police to be more aggressive, according to a study published this week by a team of researchers from…

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New Oral Microbiome Study Could Provide Better Estimate of Time since Death

A new study conducted at UT's Anthropology Research Facility examining mouth microbiomes could help scientists more accurately estimate time…

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Matsuriza Taiko Drum Ensemble Performs Tonight

A special performance by the Matsuriza Taiko Drum Ensemble will be held at 6 p.m. tonight at the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall in the Natalie L. Haslam…

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Faculty-Directed Study Abroad Program Informational Session

At noon Wednesday, September 20, the Center for International Education and International Studies Abroad are hosting an informational session for faculty about how to develop a lead a study…

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Experience Learning Sees First 16 Designated Courses

This fall, students in Philosophy 256S—one of UT’s first Experience Learning designated courses—will put their classroom lessons to work as they partner with Knoxville-area organizations that work with…

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Information about Fort Sanders Demonstration on Saturday

A rally and counterprotest are scheduled for Saturday, August 26, at a Confederate memorial on 17th Street in…

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Journalism Students Produce Documentaries about Local Vietnam Vets

Three short documentaries about local Vietnam veterans made by UT journalism students will be featured at Knoxville’s First Friday event and then air on East Tennessee PBS stations in conjunction with the broadcast of Ken Burns’s new…

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Ostrowski, Long Garner Early Career Awards from Department of Energy

Industrial and systems engineering's James Ostrowski was selected for his research into complex algorithms, while chemistry's Brian Long was chosen for his work on developing membranes for…

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Robert Nobles to Serve as Interim Vice Chancellor

Robert Nobles, associate vice chancellor for research, has been named interim vice chancellor for research and engagement effective September 1. Vice Chancellor Taylor Eighmy will leave the university at the end of the month to become president of…

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Rocky Top Ready: UT Prepares to Welcome Students Back to Campus

Classes begin next week and more than 6,000 new students are expected on Rocky Top. As of today, UT is expecting 4,828 freshmen and 1,232 transfer students. Numbers change daily and aren’t final until the 14th day of class. “We’re…

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Chancellor Recognizes Powe Awardees Jagadamma, McCord

UT's Sindhu Jagadamma and Rachel Patton McCord are recipients of the 2017 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). Chancellor Beverly Davenport recently presented plaques to Jagadamma,…

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Life of the Mind Invites You to Escape with Station Eleven

The campus community is invited to celebrate this year’s Life of the Mind program reading selection—Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel—by participating in a special First-Year Studies escape room in…

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Professor Offers Top Homework Tips for Parents, Students, and Teachers

Amy Broemmel knows about effective homework strategies. As a mom, former teacher, and current associate professor of theory and practice in teacher education in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, Broemmel has collected a wealth of…

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In Memoriam: David Bailey

David Bailey, a longtime supporter and graduate of UT, passed away August 7. He…

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UT Knoxville Names Nationally Recognized Title IX Educator to New Oversight Role

Ashley Blamey, longtime director of UT Knoxville’s Center for Health Education and Wellness, has been selected to serve as Title IX coordinator for the campus. Blamey assumes the new…

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McClung Museum Offers 2017-18 Homeschool Programs

UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture is now offering registration for the 2017–18 Enhanced Learning Program…

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Eclipse 2017: What You Need to Know About Safety

T minus 18 days. On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse—when the disk of the moon completely covers the sun—will be visible in the United States along a path from central Oregon through Tennessee and on to…

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Study: Very Preterm Birth Not Associated with Mood, Anxiety Disorders

Do very-preterm or very-low-weight babies develop anxiety and mood disorders later in life? Julia Jaekel, assistant professor of child and family studies at UT, and Dieter Wolke, professor of psychology at the University of Warwick, co-authored a…

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Gross Named Fellow of Society for Mathematical Biology

Louis J. Gross has been named a Fellow in the inaugural class of Fellows of the Society for Mathematical Biology. A distinguished UT professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and mathematics, Gross is also the founding and current director of…

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Taylor Eighmy to Be President of UT San Antonio

UT Vice Chancellor of Research and Engagement Taylor Eighmy has announced plans to leave UT on August 31 to become president of the University of Texas at San Antonio, whose board approved the…

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UT Professor Wraps Up Fulbright Experience in Manila

Krista Wiegand, director of the Global Security–Conflict Processes program at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and associate professor of political science, spent the past five months as a Fulbright senior scholar in the…

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Mariea Hoy Awarded Inaugural DeForrest Jackson Professorship

Mariea Hoy, a professor in the School of Advertising and Public Relations, is the inaugural recipient of the DeForrest…

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Community Invited to Prepare for Total Eclipse at UT’s Solar Sun Day July 23

Next month, one of the most amazing celestial sights will pass through East Tennessee. The community is invited to attend UT's Solar Sun Day to prepare for viewing the total eclipse. The event will be held 3 to 4:30 p.m. this Sunday, July 23,…

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UT’s Engel Co-Investigator on Grant Funded Through Oil Spill Penalties

A UT earth and planetary sciences professor is co-principal investigator on a project that will study how practices to restore coastal marshes and lands are impacting marsh food webs. The project recently received a $2 million grant from the…

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Documentary Chronicles Making of CBT’s The Busy Body

If you missed the CBT's spring 2017 production of Susanna Centlivre's rollicking 1709 comedy The Busy Body, you can now see key scenes and learn more about the making of the play in an open-source documentary, produced by UT Office of…

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Alumni at Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Funding Unique New Scholarship

The new Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. (BWSC) Endowed Scholarship within UT's Tickle College of Engineering Is made possible by 25 alumni representing seven colleges, who all work for…

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Korean Police, Medical Students Train at Forensic Anthropology Center

A team of 21 South Korean crime scene investigators and medical students last week excavated and buried human remains, caught insects, and examined human skeletons for trauma as part of a training program at UT's Forensic Anthropology Center…

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Haslam College of Business Increases Fundraising Goal to $200 Million

UT's Haslam College of Business is increasing its goal for the Join the Journey: Investing in the Journey to the Top 25 Campaign from $175 million to…

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College of Nursing, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Launch Pediatric Nursing Internship

UT's College of Nursing and East Tennessee Children's Hospital have launched an internship program designed for students who want to pursue a career in…

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UT Debuts Graduate Certificate Program in International Families, Children

Current graduate students at UT now have the opportunity to become certified in working with international children…

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Boyd Center Partners with Vanderbilt, THEC to Research ‘Drive to 55’ Outcomes

The Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research is partnering with Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to research the effectiveness of initiatives…

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New State Law Grants In-State Tuition for Military Veterans, Dependents

A new state law will enhance access to UT for military veterans, service members, and their dependents. The law waives out-of-state tuition and fees for military veterans, service members, and their dependents who are living in Tennessee and…

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Fiske Guide Lists UT Among Best and Most Interesting Schools

UT has been rated one of the nation's "best and most interesting" schools by the Fiske Guide, which rates more than 300 universities in the United States, Canada, and…

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Love The Earth: Celebrate Earth Month

Schedule of Events:April 7, 2015 - DIY Workshop: Green CleaningCleaning products are often expensive and may contain an array of harmful chemicals. Stop by our table to for a tutorial on how to green your spring cleaning—make your own laundry…

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