UT has been ranked among the top 100 universities in the world that has received patents. The report, released by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association, ranked UT 98th on the list. The UT Research Foundation was granted 25 patents in 2017.
“The University of Tennessee’s inclusion on this list demonstrates that our researchers across the state are amongst the best in the world at developing novel solutions with potential commercial outcomes,” Stacey Patterson, UT vice president for research, outreach and economic development and president of the UT Research Foundation, says. “We are as committed to the protection of these valuable discoveries as we are to developing a culture that promotes the dissemination of this work for the betterment of society.”
Record Low Tuition Set
The UT Board of Trustees approved a 0 percent tuition increase for two of its campuses. UT Knoxville and UT Chattanooga undergraduate students saw no tuition increase for the 2018-2019 academic year, while UT Martin students saw a 3 percent tuition increase. This marks the record fourth year of low tuition increase across the system and the first time since 1984 that UT had a 0 percent tuition increase. UT President Joe DiPietro says the support of Gov. Bill Haslam and the state legislature as well as the board’s commitment to low tuition made the zero increases possible.
Tennessee Alumnus takes Home Top Awards
The Tennessee Alumnus magazine won gold, silver and bronze awards from the Tennessee College Public Relations Association in May. Overall, Tennessee Alumnus won bronze in the college magazine category. “Weaving a New Story,” from the spring 2017 issue, won gold, and “Redeemed: A Broken Life Becomes Art,” from the winter 2018 issue, won silver—for feature writing. The Tennessee Alumnus Centennial Celebration received a gold for a special event fewer than seven days.
“Each magazine is a team effort, from brainstorming themes and story ideas to the writing, photography and design,” Jennifer Sicking, Tennessee Alumnus managing editor, says. “Our goal is to create a quality magazine that reflects the entire system and that our readers enjoy reading.”