Spring 2021

Brokenness comes from living. Broken lives. Broken hearts. Broken souls. But, if we are lucky, we meet people who help mend the broken places, who discover the lost, who scrape back the dirt and beat back the night. They shine light into the shadows. In the illuminating rays, healing can begin. Hope can be renewed.

We recognize that, in the broken world, soldiers sometimes don’t come home and are left in fields far away and that we must confront a dark past of lynching to have a brighter future. UT graduates lead the way in both of those. They also combat the shadows that lead to suicide and fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. They translate the difficult language of medicine into the understandable and native. Surgeons from the UT Health Science Center give of their skills through medical missions but also train doctors and nurses in Honduras, Philippines, Kenya, Zambia and so many more. In this issue, we celebrate the hope bringers, the night beaters, the light givers.

Kyle McCormick examines material evidence in Laos

A Nation’s Promise

A forensic anthropologist searches the world for service members to keep the United States’ promise.

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A photo illustration shows Newspaper clippings detaling lynchings over railroad tracks

Honoring Their Humanity

Hours before his 22nd birthday, Mallie Wilson was condemned to die by a mob without a guilty verdict. Today, Mallie’s…

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A group of doctors stand outside a Zambia medical school

The Other 6.5 Billion

Embracing health around the world is helping advance care in Memphis and beyond through the UTHSC Center for Multicultural and…

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Flags representing different national languages overlaid on a map of the world

Not Lost in Translation

The Tennessee Language Center seeks to improve hospital patient experiences by training interpreters to interpret for those who do not…

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An older man leans on his elbow against a tabe in a barn

Stress and Agriculture

Not everything is idyllic out on the farm. A new network through UT Extension will offer support.

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A blonde UTC nursing student gives the Covid vaccine to a patient

Part of the Solution

Sometimes as many as 400 people came in a four-hour shift for a COVID-19 vaccine. UTC nursing students kept the…

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Paula Temple in her studio surrounded by her art

Art Unfenced

When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down indoor galleries in France, Paula Temple took her talents to the streets and opened…

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Jennifer and Brian Winbigler

A Better Place

Jennifer and Brian Winbigler hope their efforts create not only a brighter future for their children, but also the rest…

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Erin Zammett Ruddy

Loosening the Grip on the Big Life Plan

Erin Zammett Ruddy learned some life skills in her 20s that also helped her face the pandemic. Just don’t ask…

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Be One UT

Be One UT

Values should underscore the “why” in what a successful organization does and provide guidance day in and day out.

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Two students walk up the steps leading to Robinson Hall

Two Residence Halls Renamed for Black Trailblazers

Two residence halls are named for Theotis Robinson and Rita Sanders Geier, two African American trailblazers whose fight for equity…

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Five students and their professor pose in Downtown Chattanooga

Team Wins Statewide Competition for Fifth Time

For the fifth consecutive year, a team of UTC students has won the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute Greater Tennessee Research…

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Three students wear face masks and grip their UTM bike tires

Bike Share Program Implemented

Two professors established a free bicycle share program on campus to help students, faculty and staff travel across campus and…

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UTHSC administer vaccines in a mobile drive up vaccine clinic

Students Join Community Vaccination

Students and faculty from UTHSC joined to assist in the administration of COVID-19 vaccinations in Memphis.

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Police officers complete a training exercise

Law Enforcement Innovation Center Rolls Out Cultural Competency Training

LEIC began training UT police officers in its Cultural Competency program, developed in partnership with the Museum of Tolerance in…

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A rendering of ov ernight facilities at Lone Oaks Farm.

Tennessee 4-H Camping Reimagined

If youth can’t come to camp, then camp will come to the youth.

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Randy Boyd with John Compton and Donnie Smith at the Fall 2019 Board of Trustees meeting

UT Board of Trustees Receives Award

The UT Board of Trustees was selected to receive the 2021 John W. Nason Award for Board Leadership by the…

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