Office of Research & Engagement

UT Knoxville

Larese Organizes Neutron Molecular Spectroscopy Symposium for 2014 SERMACS

John Larese


Dr. John Larese, professor of chemistry, has organized a symposium “Neutron Spectroscopy and Scattering at the Spallation Neutron Source: Opportunities for Chemists in the Southeast and Beyond” for 2014 Southeast Regional Meeting of American Chemical Society (SERMACS) that will be held from October 16-19 in Nashville, Tennessee.

This symposium will bring together identified experts in the field of neutron molecular spectroscopy, including Larese who spearheaded the effort to bring such spectroscopy to the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS).

“It will not only increase the University’s visibility as a leader in performing cutting edge science with neutrons but also extends our professional relationships beyond the borders of Tennessee.” Larese said. “Furthermore, it allows us to introduce the Universities intellectual and professional expertise to a diverse group of students, faculty and scientific professionals not typically assembled in a concentrated forum within the Tennessee borders.”

Continue reading at the Department of Chemistry’s website.

Community of Scholars: Transforming Health and Health Care

The new Transforming Health and Health Care Community of Scholars will have its first meeting on Sept. 24, 4:00-6:00 at the College of Pharmacy. This COS networking event will provide opportunities to: meet researchers from other disciplines, identify emerging research trends in health care, and explore collaborations to pursue external funding.

Those interested in attending should register here. For more information contact Diana Moyer at

UT’s Engineering and Supply Chain Management Top-Ranked by U.S. News and World Report

UT’s College of Engineering has taken a large leap forward and is now ranked 32nd among all public universities and 57th among all undergraduate programs, according to the U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 rankings released Tuesday.

The College of Business Administration’s supply chain management program also continued its upward trajectory, ranking third among public research universities and fourth in the nation. UT’s undergraduate business program ranked 31st among all public universities and 51st among all of America’s business schools.

UT ranked 50th among all public universities, and 106th nationally in the new undergraduate rankings. UT was 47th among public universities and 101st nationally last year. Areas where UT improved in the ranking criteria include the high school counselor peer assessment, average freshman retention rate, graduation rate, and the percentage of freshmen in the top 10 percent of their high school class. UT also was ranked 24th nationally among colleges providing the best support for veterans returning to school.

“We have made great progress in all the ways we measure ourselves,” said Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “We have increased retention rates and graduation rates, and improved research performance and infrastructure. We are serving our students better, and that is the ultimate goal.”

Continue reading at Tennessee Today.

Notable Moments in UT’s History of Research

The University of Tennessee is one of the oldest public universities in the country, having its start in 1794. In 220 years, it has had three names and been forced to close twice – once due to financial issues and again during the Civil War.

To celebrate Founder’s Day, the Office of Research & Engagement thought it appropriate to look back at some of the research milestones in our institution’s history.
Continue reading

Bladesmiths Demonstrate Materials Science for Students, Faculty

A professor holding class outside on a balmy fall day is not an unusual sight to see on campus. It may be slightly out of the norm on The Hill, but still not entirely unheard of. However, throw in some fire, hammers and steel, and then it becomes a unique event.

This is what students encountered as they walked past Ferris Hall last Friday and heard the clanging of hammer on anvil, came closer and discovered “The Art and Science of the Forged Blade” – a seminar by the University of Tennessee College of Engineering’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Continue reading

Andrew Jackson’s Bible Added to Library’s Special Collections

President Andrew Jackson's family BibleThe Bible in which President Andrew Jackson’s family recorded household births, marriages, and deaths for more than half a century now belongs to the University of Tennessee Libraries. Jackson’s family Bible was purchased with monies from University Libraries endowments and donations from members of The Library Society of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

This important historical document could be of great use to our university researchers looking into Jackson’s lineage.

Join the University Libraries in celebrating this important acquisition at a reception and viewing of the Jackson family Bible on Tuesday, September 16, at 5:00 p.m. at UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. Brief remarks will be offered at 5:30. Please RSVP to Megan Venable ( or 865-974-6903).

Read more here.

Contribute to big ideas. Give to UT.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Big Orange. Big Ideas.

Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 | 865-974-1000
The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.