Spring 2019

Perhaps it is asked either explicitly or implicitly by each person who challenges the norm, the way things have always been done. To introduce something new requires asking questions and then acting on the answers. It was asked 50 years ago with the creation of the UT system, which proved to be a game changer for UT and for education in the state. It can be found in the decision by a UT Martin music professor who decided to teach violin to Thai orphans or in a cancer researcher’s work at the UT Health Science Center or even by UT Knoxville professors looking for better ways to engage their students.

These are a few of UT’s game changers featured in this issue. Join us as we explore the question of “why not?” and the game changers who answered it.

A Rwandan mother and child in the Musanze District.

‘Like a Boss’

Changing lives chicken by chicken in Rwanda.

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Neil Hayes in his lab at UTHSC

Mapping Out Cancer

Genomic sequencing moves toward personalized cancer treatment.

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Ryan Windeknecht walks around his philosophy classroom with an oversize yellow notepad

Game On!

In some classrooms, learning really is fun and games.

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A student dressed as a knight walks between rows of gamers at PC consoles

Calling All Gamers

Esports Club draws the casual and competitive.

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Angela Ammerman teaches Thai children the proper way to hold the violin bow.

A More Musical World

UT Martin music education professor Angela Ammerman's life was changed after teaching violin to orphans in Thailand.

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Carrie Woods speaks to Crucial Conversation program participants.

Let’s Talk

Crucial Conversations delivered to domestic violence shelters.

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Joe Johnson photographed in 2016

Becoming One

Joe Johson reflects upon the UT System celebrating 50 years.

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A CMFO program participant takes notes during a lecture

Making Government Work Better

A finance program reduces audit findings in municipalities.

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Shane Cotriss stands in front of the Entrepreneurship Wall of Fame at UTC

The Game Changing SMILE

Through challenge, competition and encouragement, Shane Cotriss discovered a path he loved at UTC.

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A UT Martin student volunteer sorts canned goods in the food pantry

Educate, Empower, Inspire

The Alliance of Women Philanthropists awarded seven grants totaling more than $50,000 for projects throughout the University of Tennessee.

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Randy Boyd at the 2019 State of the University Address

A message from the interim president

UT Promise is an opportunity for UT to take a lead role in ensuring students can achieve their dreams of…

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“What Made Maddy Run”

Kate Fagan, former ESPN sports journalist and author spoke at UT Martin's Skyhawk Fieldhouse in February.

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Give Kids A Smile Day

Students from Freedom Preparatory Academy received free dental services from UTHSC.

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Martin Luther King Blvd or Historic East 9th Street

From the Big 9

In honor of Black History Month, UTC students created the podcast series Stories from the Big 9, focused on M.L.…

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UT’s Economic Impact Tops $9 Billion

The University of Tennessee announced an estimated economic impact of $9.094 billion across the state for fiscal year 2017.

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researchers at UTK

Record Year for Research

UT Knoxville researchers set a record for fiscal year 2018.

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Naifeh, Baker Centers Host Newly Elected Legislators

Newly elected legislators participated in two and a half days of sessions with UT experts and toured Neyland Stadium in…

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Close up of the Dogwood flower

10 Plants That Shaped Tennessee

Natalie Bumgarner and Andy Pulte of the Department of Plant Sciences led a team that sorted through more than 600…

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Snapshots: Spring 2019

Tennessee alumni and students around the state.

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