The University of Tennessee was faced with unprecedented challenges this spring and summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay-at-home recommendations required many to postpone or modify how they conduct research, scholarship, and creative activities, as well as modifying their instructional techniques and coursework.
Faculty and students were determined to continue their scholarship despite these new challenges and many have been awarded new funding to study the novel coronavirus. Through it all, the UT community has demonstrated dedication and resilience in maintaining research productivity and instruction on campus and remotely.
These stories, collected in August 2020, represent research, scholarship, and creative activities that persevered through the pandemic. In some cases, the focus of the research changed completely to respond to the need for information concerning the novel coronavirus. In others, researchers had to find creative ways to continue their ongoing research despite the stay-at-home orders. Faculty and students had to design new ways to teach, learn, and communicate.
In all the examples, however, there is a common thread of innovation and commitment that exemplifies the Volunteer spirit and showcases the excellence of UT’s discovery enterprise.