Fall 2020

Those fleeting moments of incandescence that sometimes—the oh-so-rare sometimes—catch fire and change everything is what we are celebrating in this issue of Tennessee Alumnus magazine. When those flashes, those sparks happen they can lead to a new invention, a new passion, a new class or a changed life.

But all it takes is a spark, and UT has been part of that ignition point for so many faculty, students and alumni. In the Fall 2020 issue you’ll find just a few of your stories—for your stories are the stories of the University of Tennessee and part of our shared history. Whether the spark happened as you sat in a class or as you left with the kindling ready to catch fire, UT has played a role in your story, just as it has with those in these features.

Maroulas Vasileios in his office at the University of Tennessee

A 1 Percent Idea

A mathematics professor works with Army research laboratory.

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Kristina Lim and Mounica Konjeti prepare food in a professional kitchen

A Recipe for Health

Culinary medicine class prepares doctors with kitchen skills.

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Ben Neale and his cattle

The Light on the Hill

Tennessee beef producers see sales rise.

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Peter Tsai

N95 and 35 Years of Experience

When Peter Tsai was told he should win the Nobel Prize, he laughed.

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Billy Weeks and Marielle Echavez

Chattanooga’s Rising Rock

Even before she came to college, Marielle Echavez enjoyed making videos. One class at UTC changed her career plans.

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Young ag entrepreneurs with their patent

Finding a Better Way

A class at UT Martin leads to a patent.

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fire trucks

Responding to the Call

MTAS leads an innovative approach for fire departments.

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Assisting in a Crisis

Alumni and donors give to help students impacted by COVID-19.

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Emily Capadalis Love

Emily Capadalis Love

Emily Capadalis Love leads the alumni family with passion.

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Everywhere You Look, U T

Lighting the Way in Innovation

A spark – that moment when two objects collide to create a catalyst for brilliant illumination.

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A student in an outdoor classroom seated on blankets in the shade raises her hand

Back to School

In this historical moment, education continues, albeit a little differently.

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Welcome to the UT Family

How UT's campuses and academic program prepared five Class of 2020 graduates.

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Peyton Manning on a Zoom screen grid with UTK students

Alumni, University Supports Students

Notable alumni and supporters made sure students felt the Volunteer spirit through VFL Class Crash, a series of surprise, online…

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Lyn Miles and Chantek

Inducted into International Hall of Fame

UTC professor Lyn Miles has been selected as part of the inaugural group of 10 inductees into the international Interspecies…

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Savannah Matheny uses a power drill to assemble a horse skeleton named Ron

Animal Science Graduate Rebuilds Horse Skeleton

A 17-hand tall, fully articulated equine skeleton named Ron will be used as a teaching model in animal science courses.

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Walker Strome and Boyd at UTHSC alternate care site

UTHSC Prepares COVID-19 Hospital

The 401-bed hospital is in the former Commercial Appeal building in the Memphis Medical District.

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Susan Hamilton, David Kirkpatrick and Karen Armsey

UTIA Faculty Receive Recognition for Outstanding Service

Among our celebrated agriculture faculty are Susan Hamilton, David Kirkpatrick and Karen Armsey.

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Tennessee Government Managers on Zoom

Naifeh Center Program Moves Online for First Time

For the first time in the the Tennessee Government Management Institute's 20-year history, the program was all virtual this year.

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Award winners

Six Faculty and Staff Recognized with 2020 President’s Awards

Award recipients champion research, diversity and inclusion and embody excellence throughout the UT System.

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