Spring 2020

To explore the wonderful wild world is to find adventure—whether close to home or far away. It can be found in the exotics brought close and the unseen brought home.

In this issue, we tell the stories of an alumnus who found himself caring for elephants in Tennessee and researchers who travel far to bring microbes back to Tennessee to uncover their mysteries in our rapidly changing world. There is the story of an alumna hooked on the allure of what moves in the deeps and one about an organization that has helped animals a little less wild. We hope you enjoy this issue that gives a quick look at when the wild moves among us.

Colleen Jonsson

A Matter of When

UTHSC researcher Colleen Jonsson takes on viruses, including COVID-19.

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Two Asian elephants in a middle Tennessee outdoor habitat

All Creatures Great and Small

UT alumnus "Doc" Steven Scott cares for them all.

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a partially submerged mako shark gets tagged off the edge of a researcher's boat


UT Martin alumna Kesley Gibson studies shortfin makos.

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Jill Mikucki, associate professor of microbiology, meets a helicopter at her research site in Antarctica.

To The Extreme

Across the globe, UT Knoxville scientists seek answers.

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To Save a Life

MTAS looks at staffing needs for new animal shelter.

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photos of a young orangutan with a tricycle and wearing a diaper on a jungle gym

Escape Artist

In the 1980s an orangutan named Chantek charmed the UTC campus.

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Wildlife veterinarian Dan Grove extracts a lymph node from a deer carcass

To Be Different

After 11 moves across nine states, Dan Grove landed his dream veterinarian job.

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Emmie Dickman wearing her stole with an orange Power T mark

Imagining a Different Future

A student reflects on changes brought by COVID-19.

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Randy Boyd delivers the State of UT address on stage

A message from the President

These are the times that will define our decade and define each of us forever.

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The Great Pause

2020 isn’t the first time the University of Tennessee entered into a pause.

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The Tennessee Capitol building

Finding Their Passion for Politics

UT student interns get first-hand lessons on the legislative process and the dynamics of politics.

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A group of four women give a presentation in Knoxville

Alliance of Women Philanthropists Funds Grants Across the UT System

The 2020 grant recipients represent innovations in learning and community partnerships that support the health of Tennesseans young, old and…

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Donde Plowman speaks at a podium flanked by UT officials in academic regalia

A New Generation of Leadership

Donde Plowman was officially recognized as UT Knoxville’s ninth chancellor in an investiture ceremony in November 2019.

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Kaylin Underwood

Allergy App Wins Competition

Senior Kaylin Underwood is developing an app that automatically scans grocery items and tells shoppers whether the item contains an…

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Keith Carver and Athletic officials guide Bettye Giles to center court to present her with an award.

Giles Inducted Into Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

UT Martin's first and only director of women’s athletics was announced as a 2020 inductee into the Tennessee Sports Hall…

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A nursing student takes a man’s blood pressue at a drop-in clinic

UTHSC Marks ‘Year of the Nurse’

2020 has been designated as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organization.

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Veterinarians in surgery scrubs and face masks

UTIA to Lead UT System One Health Initiative

The One Health Initiative focuses on research collaborations to address animal and environmental health issues that also may have implications…

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IPS leaders gather with graduates of the Tennessee Certified Public Manager program.

Government Employees Earn Certified Public Manager Designation

In just its second year, the Tennessee CPM program had 25 participants.

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Ashton Braddock and Randy Boyd

Boyd Announces UT Promise Mentor Recruitment

UT President Randy Boyd announced UT Promise scholarship students will be paired with mentors who help guide students through the…

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Keith Carver unveils an oversize Skyhawk logo on the UT Martin basketball court

Snapshots: Spring 2020

University of Tennessee alumni and students around the state.

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