It’s Research Week 2015!

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UT research week 2015The Office of Undergraduate Research and UT Knoxville are pleased to sponsor the 6th annual Research Week from April 9-18.  This week celebrates and highlights undergraduate research and creative activities that take place across campus.

Are you an undergraduate who wants to learn about exciting research projects and opportunities?  Are you interested to see what your peers are working on?  Check out some of this week’s Research Week activities below, or visit the Research Week website.

Monday, April 13

Sigma Xi Event

Sigma Xi presents the Graduate Student Research Paper Presentation Competition.

McClung Museum Stroller Tour: Native Peoples of Tennessee

10 a.m. – 11 a.m., McClung Museum Join us for a morning out as our museum educator leads engaging gallery tours for parents and caregivers and their young ones. This month we explore the Native Peoples of Tennessee in our galleries. Pre-registration required for this free event.

Tuesday, April 14

EURēCA Awards Presentation

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., UC Auditorium Join us as we announce the winners of the 2015 EURēCA event.  The event also includes performances by winners of the School of Music competition. Open to all faculty, students, and staff.

8th Rutledge Archaeology Lecture — Pompeii beyond the Cliches: Historic Development and Economic Activities

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., McClung Museum Prof. Jean-Pierre Brun, Collège de France, will talk about his research at Pompeii. This lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception.

Wednesday, April 15

National Scholarship Opportunities

4 p.m. – 5 p.m., UC 227 Nichole Fazio-Veigel, Director of  the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships, will share funding opportunities like the Goldwater, Udall, Whitaker, Fulbright and others specifically for students actively pursuing undergraduate research.

Finding Funding for Graduate School

5 p.m. – 6 p.m., UC 227 Various opportunities for financial assistance to attend graduate school will be presented by Dr. Ernest Brothers, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, in the University Center Shiloh Room. Topics include graduate research assistantships, graduate teaching assistants, and various fellowships and scholarships.

Thursday, April 16

Getting Started in Research Information Session

2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Hodges Library Did the events of the week spark a research interest? Join us for this one-hour information session and learn about undergraduate research opportunities available on and off-campus for all majors.

Graduate School Admission 101

4 p.m. – 5 p.m., UC 225 Stephanie Kit, Associate Director of Career Services, will present an informative overview of getting into graduate school.  Topics include the graduate school admission process, types of degrees, timelines, finding programs, and much more.

Undergraduate research opportunities for minorities and women in STEM

5 p.m. – 6 p.m., UC 227 This workshop highlights undergraduate research opportunities available for minorities and women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Topics will include on-campus research programs and support networks, national and international summer internships, conference opportunities, travel grants, and nationally competitive scholarships.

Friday, April 17

Volunteer Day at the Archaeological Research Lab

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. / or 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Interested in helping preserve Tennessee’s past with UT and TVA? Come join us every third Friday of the month for our Volunteer Day, where you can help us prepare artifacts for curation while learning about archaeology in TVA’s system of 49 dams in 7 states. Also enjoy a brown-bag lecture in between sessions (12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)  about recent research on the prehistory and history of the region. Seats are limited — contact Kandi Hollenbach (974-9647 or to sign up.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Seminar: Jeanine Cavender-Bares, University of Minnesota

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m., Room 307, Science & Engineering Bldg. Jeanine Cavender-Bares is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota. Currently, her lab is combining phylogenetic and phylogeographic approaches with studies of plant physiological function to understand forces underlying shifts in stress tolerance among closely related species or among populations of the same species.

Saturday, April 18

Women in STEM Research Symposium for Undergraduate and Graduate Student Researchers

Starting at 9:30 a.m., University Center Undergraduate and graduate female researchers in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math fields are invited to attend and/or present their research at the first annual Women in STEM Research Symposium. The symposium will include a poster and oral session, free lunch, and information about professional STEM societies here on campus or in Knoxville, a question/answer panel with notable faculty and staff from UT and ORNL, and will also feature Dr. Claudia Rawn (Joint UT-ORNL faculty in Materials Science) for the keynote address.

Big Orange STEM Symposium

10  a.m. – 3 p.m., Hodges Library B.O.S.S. provides access to university STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) resources including faculty, departmental programs, and experts in the field. This event will allow engagement and dialogue about current trends in the STEM fields and college preparedness.

College of Veterinary Medicine Open House, Saturday, April 11

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cvm open houseEvery spring, the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (UTCVM) students organize an Open House for the community.  This year’s event will take place on Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The theme is “I will give my all for Tennessee veterinary medicine.”  Check out the website for more information and the list of Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can attend?  The annual event is open to the general public and is a great activity for the entire family.  Food is available on site.  Please do not bring pets.

What and where is the Open House Tour?  As the UT Veterinary Medical Center has grown, it has separated the Open House into two self-guided tours.  One tour for the LARGE ANIMAL portion begins at the Equine Rehabilitation Area.  The SMALL ANIMAL portion begins at the usual starting point in Lot 65 parking area outside the UTCVM brick foyer.  Each portion of the self-guided tour can take between 1.5-2 hours.

Where do I park?  When you arrive on the agriculture campus, just follow the signs.  UTCVM students will be stationed along the road to assist you with directions.

Where can I find maps and a listing of special events?  Download the Open House map and schedule of special events.  Some of this year’s events include:

  • Teddy Bear Clinic (bring your stuffed animal for a check-up)
  • Canine Parade of Breeds (Dogs in all shapes and sizes)
  • Behavior Training
  • Equine Parade of Breeds (Did you say you like horses?)
  • Information about Wildlife and Exotic Animals

Student Winners of Graduate Writing Awards to Read, April 13

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The University of Tennessee’s final Writers in the Library event of the academic year will feature readings by student winners of the John C. Hodges Graduate Writing Awards. Readings from the winning works will take place in the Hodges Library auditorium on Monday, April 13, at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Awards are made possible by the English Department through the John C. Hodges Better English Fund, endowed by the long-time UT English professor and author of the Harbrace College Handbook, for whom the Hodges Library is named.

2015 winners of the John C. Hodges Graduate Writing Awards:


First Prize: Daniel Wallace for “The Hills Will Melt Like Wax”
Second Prize: Richard Hermes for “Until the New Season is Born”
Third Prize: Helen Stead for “Muleta”


First Prize: Helen Stead for “Bangers and Mash”
Second Prize: Ben McClendon for “Hoping to Find Something Between”
Third Prize: Kierstyn Lamour for “What is There to Learn About a Man Leaving His Wife?”

This year’s judges were B.J. Leggett for fiction and Flossie McNabb for poetry.

The public is invited to join the university community for readings by these accomplished, up-and-coming writers.

Writers in the Library hosts readings by noted authors of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The series is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.
For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (, or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (

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Research online with library e-books

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ebookDid you know that 80% of veterinary medicine books for Spring semester are available as e-books?  Have you looked at our online e-book collections in gardening, landscaping, cooking, and nutrition?

As Pendergrass Library temporarily relocates this summer and the physical collection is inaccessible, consider searching for e-books you might use for your research.

Just follow these steps to access an e-book, and download the step-by-step guide with images:

  1. Start by searching OneSearch for a topic of your choice.
  2. Choose to search UT Collections.
  3. Refine your results to Books & E-Books.
  4. Choose to display Online access only.
  5. Find the book you want to read.
  6. Click “View It” to see where your e-book is available.
  7. Click on the e-book website to access; you do not need a special e-book reader, just your computer.

Each e-book website will look slightly different, but all will allow you to read and navigate through e-books.

Having trouble accessing and reading an e-book?  Check out the Ebrary user guide or contact a subject librarian.

Love the Earth: Celebrate Earth Month

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Do you want to promote sustainability and protect the environment?  Then volunteer and celebrate during UT’s Earth Month this April!  You can participate in the Sustainability Day of Service, learn how to “green” your spring cleaning, attend outdoor movie screenings, and more.

For more information, visit the Earth Month events schedule.  Earth Month is sponsored by the UT Office of Sustainability, which works to coordinate, manage, advise, and report on sustainable initiatives at UT.

2015 Earth Month Events:

April 7, noon-4pm, @ Pedestrian Walkway DIY Workshop: Green Cleaning Learn to make green, affordable cleaning products.
April 11, 8:30am-noon, @ University Center Sustainability Day of Service Help with gardening, litter cleanup, and more.
April 13, 10am-2pm, @ Community Action Committee Bldg. (247 Western Ave.) Energy Efficiency Fair 40+ exhibitors teach ways to save energy at home.
April 14, noon-4pm, @ Pedestrian Walkway DIY Workshop: Growing Green Learn to grow food in your dorm room or apartment.
April 16, 7pm, @ HSS Amphitheater Trashed Outdoor Movie Screening Learn about landscapes that have been converted to landfills.
April 18, 10am-6pm, @ World’s Fair Park Knoxville’s EarthFest Free, zero-waste event with food, fun, and entertainment.
April 20, 4-5pm, @ Hodges Library Room 220E Careers in Sustainability & the Environment UT Career Services explores environmentally-impactful careers.
April 21, noon-4om, @ Pedestrian Walkway DIY Workshop: The Classics Fun projects from hula hoops to t-shirt tote bags.
April 22, 11am-1pm, @ UT Gardens Earth Day & Environmental Leadership Luncheon Register to network with sustainability champions.
April 23, 11am-4pm, @ HSS Amphitheater Earth Day Celebration See local food vendors, artisans, and environmental organizations.
April 23, 7pm, @ HSS Amphitheater Bike-in Movie: The Lorax Enjoy an outdoor screening based on the popular Dr. Seuss book.
April 24, 5pm, @ World’s Fair Park Arbor Day & Volapalooza Concert featuring Lupe Fiasco with the Cold War Kids and the Bad Suns.
April 25, 2pm, @ Neyland Stadium Green Tailgate at the Orange & White Game Learn to make your gameday greener.
April 26, @ Neyland Stadium Neyland Clean-Up Help with stadium clean-up after the game.
April 27-28, 11am-5pm, @ Hodges Library Screenprinting Screenprint a t-shirt, laundry bag, or poster.


John Yau’s reading and lecture CANCELLED

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***John Yau’s reading and lecture have been CANCELLED due to illness. Both events will be rescheduled for the 2015-2016 academic year.***

yauPoet and art critic John Yau will visit the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to both read his poetry and deliver a lecture on art.

Yau will be the featured reader at “Writers in the Library” on Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library.

He will also deliver a public lecture as part of the School of Art’s VADSCO Lecture series on Thursday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. in the McCarty Auditorium, 109 Art & Architecture Building. Both events are free and open to the public.

Yau is a poet, fiction writer, critic, publisher, and freelance curator. Yau’s poetry collections include Corpse and Mirror (1983) (selected by John Ashbery for the National Poetry Series), Edificio Sayonara (1992), Forbidden Entries (1996), Borrowed Love Poems (2002), Ing Grish (2005), Paradiso Diaspora (2006), Exhibits (2010), and Further Adventures in Monochrome (2012).

Yau has received numerous awards, including the Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the American Poetry Review Jerome Shestack Award, an NEA fellowship, two Ingram-Merrill Foundation Fellowships, and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

Yau’s most recent book-length work of art criticism is the essay collection A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns. His reviews have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Art News, Bookforum, and the Los Angeles Times. In 2012 he started the online magazine Hyperallergic Weekend with three other writers.

He has collaborated with many artists, including Norman Bluhm, Ed Paschke, Peter Saul, Pat Steir, Jürgen Partenheimer, and Norbert Prangenberg on exhibitions appearing in the Museum of Modern Art, New York City: the Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; and the Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, Australia.

Yau is currently associate professor in critical studies at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Writers in the Library hosts readings by noted authors of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The series is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.
For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (, or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (

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New online exhibit: ‘Robert Frost on Chickens’

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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.
– Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken”

Robert Frost’s poetry is full of natural imagery. But did you know that Frost also took a more technical interest in agriculture? The National Agricultural Library’s online exhibit Frost on Chickens chronicles Frost’s experiences as a long-time poultry farmer.

Frost worked as a chicken farmer in Derry, New Hampshire, from 1900-1909 and published a dozen articles in trade journals The Eastern Poultryman and The Farm-Poultry. The digital exhibit includes copies of Frost’s publications and other articles on poultry farming.

Over 200 historical and 100 current articles on poultry farming were digitized for the online exhibit to give context to Frost’s articles and stories. Explore focused collections on Hen Houses, Backyard Chickens, Chicken Feed, Egg Production, and more.

Frost farmed “as a fugitive from the world… to save myself and fix myself before I measured myself against all creation.” Learn how Frost developed his poetic voice while working as a farmer.

Are you interested in chicken farming yourself?  Register for the Backyard Chicken Owners Seminar happening all day Saturday, May 8.  Topics include chicken feeding, disease, egg handling, and more.  The event will take place at Hollingsworth Auditorium, on the UT Institute of Agriculture campus, 2505 E. J. Chapman Dr., Knoxville, TN 37996.  Registration is required, and the cost is $38 for adults and $18 for children.  See the brochure for more information.

Get tech savvy during Social Media Week

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social media week ut twitter logoFrom hashtags to likes, social media touches all aspects of our personal and professional lives.  Are you interested in learning more about how social media helps power business, recruiting, and branding at UT and beyond?

“The Power of Social Media” is the theme of Social Media Week 2015, to be held Monday, March 30, through Thursday, April 2.  Hosted by the College of Communication and Information (CCI), the week will include eight presentations, all of which will take place in the Scripps Lab in the Communications Building in Circle Park.  All events are open to the public and free of charge.

Social Media Week 2015
Scripps Lab in Communications Building

Monday, March 30
1:00-1:25 p.m. — Kickoff event with special proclamations from Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Knoxville City Mayor Madeline Rogero, and Chancellor Jimmy Cheek
1:30-3 p.m. — Social media power up: Understanding relationships and audiences

Tuesday, March 31
9:40-10:55 a.m. — Facebook for business: The story and the stats
11:15-12:25 p.m. — The power of social media in collegiate recruiting
2:10-3:25 p.m. — UT’s brand and the power of our social media voice

Wednesday, April 1
10:15-11:30 a.m. — A #VolForLife’s view on social media
11:45-1 p.m. — Becoming multimedia: The transformational power of social media
1:30-3 p.m. — The science of social media: Leverage the Internet to change your life and career

Thursday, April 2
9:40-10:55 a.m. — Do what you love: Social media from leisure to news
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Keynote luncheon with UT Head Football Coach Butch Jones (invitation only)

Novelist Shannon Burke at Writers in the Library April 6

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Burke_smallNovelist Shannon Burke will read at “Writers in the Library” Monday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

Burke’s latest novel, Into the Savage Country (2015), is a historical adventure set in the American West of the 1820s — at once a tale of complex friendships, a love story, and a panoramic retelling of a crucial moment in American history. In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly calls the book “a masterpiece of historical accuracy and exciting storytelling” and raves that it’s “a raucous tale of a young man’s dream colliding with reality.”

Before moving to Knoxville, where he currently works as a screenwriter, Shannon Burke was a New York-based paramedic, a milieu that informed the author’s two previous novels, Safelight (2005), a love story between a disaffected paramedic and a professional fencer with HIV; and Black Flies (2008), a New York Times Notable Book, which the author is working to adapt for television.

Writers in the Library hosts readings by noted authors of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The series is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.
For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (, or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (

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Student Art in the Library: vote for your favorite

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Cast a vote for your favorite work of art.

Artworks selected for the Student Art in the Library juried exhibition are ready for your critique. We want you to determine the winner of the “People’s Choice Award” by liking your favorite. Voting begins Friday, March 27, at

The Student Art in the Library competition, which was open to all currently enrolled UT students, drew entries from 46 artists. Almost 100 individual pieces were submitted. The selected artworks will remain on display at the gallery in the Miles Reading Room, 1st floor, Hodges Library, until April 24.

First-, second-, and third-place winners, as well as the People’s Choice, will be announced at a reception on Thursday, April 2, 4 p.m. in the Miles Reading Room. Cash awards will be presented.

Cast your vote! And join us at the reception April 2.