Grand Challenges

UT Southern students organized a disability resource fair to aid families.

Enabling Change

UT campuses and institutes have combined forces to improve the lives of rural Tennesseans with developmental disabilities. At UT Southern,…

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Meeting the Challenge

UT Knoxville alumna runs agency that helps keep families intact.

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Dr. Jim Bailey

In The Heart of Communities

UTHSC Jim Bailey and his team lead the research effort to improve the heart health of Tennesseans, whose state ranks…

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Searching for Chocolate Chips

A new program will allow those dealing with drug addiction to test street drugs for the presence of the powerful…

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A Fruitful Career

David Lockwood has toiled alongside Tennessee fruit growers for nearly 50 years—its work he was, quite literally, born to do.

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State of Tennessee symbol (3 stars) are covered with illustrated tangles.

Untangling a State

At what point does a challenge become too challenging? For the UT System, the answer is never. We’re tackling the…

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An illustration of a tornado made of drugs, spinning through a small town.

Disease Realities

Tennessee is in the throes of a substance abuse epidemic. It’s time for us all to get SMART.

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Gloria Thomas Anderson, left, founder of Heart Tones, offers information to attendees at the engAGING Communities Open House workshop in Nashville.

The Unknown

Even when Alzheimer's is detected early, its effects are inescapable. Often the earliest symptom to appear? Fear of the unknown.

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Betsy Logan teaches students at Martin Middle School.

Meant to Do

Now more than ever, educators need extra support. At UT Martin, support abounds.

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A student works to machine a part in the Machine Tool Research Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, during the ACE Bootcamp training.

Manufacturing Renaissance

If the manufacturing industry were a brick-and-mortar building, the sign on its window would read “help wanted.” UT Knoxville, however,…

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Deborah Reed works with a student as part of the Tennessee Reading Research Center.

Good Reading

Tennessee’s literacy story needs a happier ending. UT is helping to rewrite one.

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Mike Mayfield, owner of Mayfield Angus Farm, speaks to members of the Regional Leadership cohort.

Changing The Narrative

How can rural communities find success when dialogue about them shoves them into pre-constructed boxes? The Turner Center for Rural…

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Nurse midwifery students hope to better maternal health in Tennessee.

Changing Outcomes

Tennessee has a maternal health crisis. The passion and education carried by the 16 students in the UTHSC nurse midwifery…

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Breaking Barriers

Nobody wants to talk about money. But, according to the UT Extension Family and Consumer Sciences team, everybody needs to…

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Sreedhar Upendram (middle) demonstrates using a hot spot for broadband to James Mingie, a research associate, left, and graduate student Amrit Shrestha.

No One-Size Solution

What would life today be like without the internet? For many rural Tennesseans, the experience isn’t one that needs imagination—it’s…

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Grand Challenges in Tennessee

With our five campuses and two institutes, the University of Tennessee System can uniquely collaborate within the system and with…

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