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Clifton M. Jones Student Leadership Conference & MLK Jr. Day of Service

Partnerships that Make a DifferenceAs part of the university’s successful Carnegie Community Engagement Classification application process, the Office of Research and Engagement has compiled a list of fifty of UT’s best community-campus partnerships. The university will be celebrating its status as an engaged institution throughout the coming year by featuring these individual examples in articles that highlight their unique contribution to the community.

This week’s feature from the “Partnerships that Make a Difference” series is the Clifton M. Jones Student Leadership Conference & MLK Jr. Day of Service.

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UT, ORNL Get a LIFT from Manufacturing Innovation Center

lift-babupeterThe role of UT’s College of Engineering as a leader in advanced materials research got yet another boost recently as Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, or LIFT, officially opened its headquarters.

Part of the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute that was launched in February 2014, the Michigan-headquartered LIFT will focus on improving the performance, capabilities, and costs associated with materials such as aluminum, advanced steels, magnesium, and titanium.

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Governor’s Chair Lecture Series to Focus on Energy, Urbanism Issues

The Governor’s Chair for High Performance Energy Practices in Urban Environments, a partnership between UT, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, will host three lectures this spring.

The Governor’s Chair Seminar Series, designed to address issues related to creating carbon-neutral and resilient cities, will be held on Wednesday evenings in January, February, and March. They are free and open to the public.

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Reminder: UT Smoking Policy Prohibits Use of E-cigarettes

To protect the health and safety of University students, employees, and visitors; to promote a healthy and safe work, educational, and living environment; and to comply with the Tennessee Non-Smoker Protection Act and other applicable state laws, the University prohibits smoking in, and near all entrances to, all University buildings.

Policy SA0900 — Smoking

The UT policy on smoking prohibits the inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted cigar, cigarette (including an electronic cigarette), pipe, or other lighted tobacco product, in any manner or in any form, in any building owned or operated by the university as well as any vehicle owned, leased, or operated by the university.

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Professor Uses Plantations to Examine Race in America

Reconstructed slave cabins at Oak Alley Plantation along Louisiana’s River Road represent a recent effort to offer tourists more history about slavery. Oak Alley is one of the study sites in Alderman’s NSF-funded project. Photo credit: Arnold Modlin, Jr.

Reconstructed slave cabins at Oak Alley Plantation along Louisiana’s River Road represent a recent effort to offer tourists more history about slavery. Oak Alley is one of the study sites in Alderman’s NSF-funded project. Photo credit: Arnold Modlin, Jr.

As the nation pauses to recognize civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. next Monday, a UT professor is reflecting on the country’s racial history in a different way—by examining plantations.

Derek Alderman, head of the university’s geography department, has received $62,000 from the National Science Foundation to study how the representation of Southern slavery at tourism sites is changing. The research will use plantations to understand ongoing debates about race relations, racism, and white supremacy within the United States.

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