The University of Tennessee is on track to achieving its most important operational and performance goals and making progress toward long-term sustainability, UT President Joe DiPietro told the Board of Trustees Friday.
DiPietro, who was elected by the board five years ago this month to serve as UT’s 25th president, provided a data-driven update. He cited progress toward goals set for him by the board for a three-year evaluation period of July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2015. That period and the evaluation are based on a board-initiated performance and retention plan begun in 2012.
Plan objectives are to drive achievement of strategic institutional goals, promote accountability and excellence at the chief executive level, and encourage retention of high-performing officers.
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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will host more than 200 university leaders and heads of industry this week at the 21st General Meeting of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership. UIDP21 will be held Oct. 13-16 at the Hilton Downtown Knoxville and the ORNL campus.
UIDP21, an organization of 140 universities and companies, brings people from academia and industry together to have tactical conversations about innovation and research and development.
Given the collaborative research and development relationship UT and ORNL enjoy, the focus of the Knoxville meeting is university-industry-national laboratory partnerships. Attendees will hear from speakers from seven of the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratories, professors and administrators from several prominent universities, and industry leaders.
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Nearly 300 University of Tennessee alumni, spouses, families, and special guests convened at the Knoxville Convention Center October 2 for the Alumni Board Awards Dinner.
Nineteen remarkable Volunteers from a broad spectrum of ages and professions were recognized for their achievements and contributions to UT, the nation, and the world. Among those honored were two members of the Office of Research and Engagement’s External Advisory Council: Kim Bush and Howard Chambers.
The accolades continue to roll in for Andrea Rocha, a postdoctoral research fellow on the team of UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair Terry Hazen.
Rocha was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy for its “Women@Energy” series, detailing inspirational women in STEM fields and is meant to highlight what inspired the women to pursue their careers.
The overall goal of the Women@Energy program is to get women to consider STEM-related courses in college and in the workforce.
“As a young girl, I was always fascinated by the natural world around me. I wanted to know why and how things happened,” Rocha told the DOE. “When I started college, I followed my passion by pursing a degree in the biological sciences.”
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Bill Nye, a scientist and comedian best known for his passion to interest children in science, will speak at UT on Thursday, October 29.
Nye will deliver the inaugural Ken and Blaire Mossman Distinguished Lecture at 2:00 p.m. in the Cox Auditorium of UT’s Alumni Memorial Building. He will address UT students, faculty, and staff during the lecture, which is free and open to the public.
The new lecture series was established through an estate gift from the late Ken and Blaire Mossman, who were UT alumni. The couple, who met at UT in 1968, worked in science professions after earning their degrees from UT. Ken Mossman earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in health physics and radiation biology through the Institute of Radiation Biology, a joint program of UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in 1970 and 1973, respectively. Blaire Mossman earned a bachelor’s degree in French from UT in 1971.
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