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Library Will Host STEM Event for K-12 Educators

UT Libraries, the East Tennessee STEM Hub, and the Center for Enhancing Education in Mathematics and Sciences are hosting a free half-day event for K-12 educators.

East Tennessee K-12 teachers will learn ways to help students excel in science and mathematics at Big Orange STEM Saturday for Educators September 29 at the John C. Hodges Library. Teachers from participating school districts will receive professional development credit.

Melanie Allen, health sciences librarian at the UT Libraries, will offer a keynote presentation on how makerspaces in educational settings support STEAM research initiatives. (STEAM = STEM + ART.)

Allen also will demonstrate a cutting-edge teaching tool that is part of the UT Libraries’ makerspace: a touch-screen 3D Anatomage Table. The table is equipped with digital cadavers that allow students to visualize thousands of anatomical structures and to perform virtual dissections as they would on a real cadaver.

Breakout sessions at Big Orange STEM Saturday for Educators will include:

  • “3D Printing: Reconceptualizing the Scientific Method.” A 3D printing project can have unforeseen benefits for traditionally underrepresented students in STEM, according to Yolanda Kirkpatrick, who teaches STEM education in UT’s Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education.
  • “Prejudiced Polygons.” In Polygon Town, both Triangles and Squares prefer to have neighbors who are similar to themselves. Using fractions and a basic mathematical model, participants will try to make all the citizens of Polygon Town happy. This simple math game illustrates a social phenomenon: how small individual biases against diversity lead to greater segregation in the general population. Anne Ho, a lecturer in mathematics at UT, will lead the game.
  • “All Hands on Math—Building STEM Inquiry through K-12 Mathematics Modeling Activities.” Karen Cheng, a former high school math teacher and current PhD candidate in math education at UT, will introduce entertaining, hands-on exercises to teach mathematical concepts.
  • “Student Thinking in Science and Engineering Using Phenomena K-5.” Andrea Berry, a science and STEM supervisor with the Knox County Schools, will discuss the new science standards and using hands-on, inquiry-based instruction with K-5 students.

Representatives from the various STEM curricula at UT and local STEM-related organizations will be on hand to answer questions.

Big Orange STEM Saturday for Educators is funded, in part, by a grant from the UT Office of Research and Engagement.

For more information, visit the event website.


Thura Mack, UT Libraries (865-974-6381,
Lynn Hodge, Center for Enhancing Education in Mathematics and Sciences (865-974-8778,

Exhibit Features Travel and Voyages

Through journals, drawings, photographs, postcards, and mementos, travelers have always sought to document their journeys, remember their experiences, and share their stories. Travel and Voyages: From Africa to Appalachia, an exhibition in the Elaine Altman Evans Exhibit Area, features some of these treasured keepsakes from the University of Tennessee Libraries’ manuscript and rare book collections.

UT’s Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives acquires and preserves manuscripts, rare books, and other unique research materials. Collection strengths include the history and culture of East Tennessee and the southeastern United States. However, over the years, Special Collections has acquired many collections that focus on world travels.
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Petals on Paper: Selections from Special Collections and the UT Herbarium


Sunflower from Hortus Eystettensis

A small exhibition in Hodges Library features books on gardens and plant identification, as well as historical examples of botanical illustration from the UT Libraries’ special collections.

Chris Caldwell, rare books and humanities librarian, says, “This is not meant to be a comprehensive overview of ‘plants in print,’ nor is it focused on one region or time period. We offer a nice, late-summer glimpse of some of the ways that botanical life has been chronicled and discussed for the last 400 years.” The exhibit was curated by Caldwell and manuscripts librarian Laura Romans.

The display includes lots of botanical illustrations, as well as books on gardens, garden clubs, wildflower walks in the Smokies, and more.
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Lunch & Learn: The Life of the Student Athlete, Sept. 19

ll_smallThe UT Libraries Diversity Committee hosts a series of lunchtime discussions to facilitate comfortable dialog about diversity and inclusion. Lunch and Learn invites students and other members of the campus community to talk openly but respectfully about complex issues that impact their lives and their campus experience.

Join us for a workshop on:

The Life of the Student Athlete: Perception versus Reality
Noon – 1:30 p.m., Wed., Sept. 19
213 Hodges Library

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Are you registered to vote?

If you’re not already registered to vote, we can help. The UT Libraries created a useful online guide on how to register and how / when / where to vote.

The guide includes an online registration form (requires a Tennessee Driver’s License) as well as a downloadable mail-in application. There are also some helpful answers to your questions, such as whether you should use your school address or parents’ address when you register.

The library will host several voter registration events. Drop by our table at the Hodges Library main entrance (2nd floor):

  • Monday, Sept. 17 (Constitution Day) — Noon–2 p.m.; 7 p.m.–9 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 21 — 2 p.m.–4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25 (National Voter Registration Day) — Noon–8 p.m.

The voter registration deadline is Tuesday, October 9. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.

Now showing: Independent and foreign films

Are you tired of the same corporate blockbuster Hollywood movies? The endless onslaught of sequels, reboots, and remakes getting you down? Join us in the Hodges Library auditorium on the second Tuesday of each month for free screenings of independent and foreign films.

This fall, our film series will highlight a few lesser-known titles from the Libraries’ collections. We hold a large collection of films on DVD and Blue-Ray. And we subscribe to a number of different video streaming services, such as Kanopy, that host many independent films and masterpieces of world cinema.

Practice your language skills and join us for a discussion following each film. Here’s our line-up for fall semester 2018:

All films: 7-9 p.m., Hodges Library auditorium

Sept. 11Mystery Train (1989; English, Italian, Japanese)
Oct. 9A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014; Farsi)
Nov. 13Pelo Malo (Bad Hair) (2013; Spanish)

For more information, feel free to contact Michael Deike ( or just drop by the Public Services Desk on the second floor of Hodges Library and ask to talk to Michael about movies!

More about the films:

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