UTHSC Center of Excellence in Global Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Security Hosts International Pharmaceutical Safety Conference

The UT Health Science Center has taken on a major role in ensuring the safety of medical and pharmaceutical products used around the world. UTHSC’s designation as a Center of Excellence in global medical product quality and pharmaceutical supply chain security is by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, an international forum for economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region. In that capacity, UTHSC hosted pharmaceutical industry representatives and regulators from 13 countries for a four-day conference in June. Discussion centered on strategies to guarantee global pharmaceutical manufacturing, shipping, and delivery are as safe and secure as possible.








War Dog: A Soldier’s Best Friend

While serving in Afghanistan in 2012, U.S. military combat dog Layka was shot four times by the enemy at point-blank range. Despite her injuries, she still attacked and subdued the shooter, saving her handler and the other members of the team. Seven hours of surgery and the amputation of one leg saved her life. Layka also underwent post-operative treatment at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine’s world-renowned Canine Arthritis Rehabilitation, Exercise and Sports Medicine Center.

Layka’s handler, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Julian McDonald, adopted her and she became a part of his family. Their story and those of other “War Dogs” are the subject of this 2017 HBO documentary:


Layka and her UTCVM caregivers honored at Neyland Stadium:


Totality Awesome in Knoxville

The solar eclipse of Aug. 21 shone a spotlight on some faculty experts.

And when the eclipsed peaked over UT Knoxville that day, thousands of students, faculty, and staff gathered on the Ayres Hall lawn, eating Moon Pies and donning special glasses as the day became dark as twilight and the cicadas began to chirp. See photos from the event.

Temple Grandin

Autism and animal behavior expert Temple Grandin’s October visit to UT Knoxville was a surprise hit. Grandin’s Ken and Blaire Mossman Distinguished Lecture in Cox Auditorium drew such a large crowd that two overflow rooms were quickly filled. Grandin is one of the most accomplished and best-known adults with autism in the world.

Ribbon cutting for Somerville Center Grand OpeningUT Martin Somerville Center Opens

After more than 13 years of planning and persistence, UT Martin celebrated the opening of its newest off-campus center with an August ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new UT Martin Somerville Center in Fayette County opened in what had been the former Methodist Fayette Hospital. That building was transformed into a state-of-the-art higher education facility offering select degree programs and courses and will also concentrate on job-skill training and meeting the immediate needs of existing and prospective regional employers. The UT Martin Somerville Center is the fifth of five off-campus centers throughout West Tennessee.


UT Martin Hosts Visit from BBC Network’s Breakfast

Great Britain’s most-watched morning TV show spends a day in West Tennessee, based at UT Martin.


UT Chattanooga Hosts “Lemonade Week” to Examine Beyoncé’s Visual Album

Superstar entertainer Beyoncé’s vision for her album Lemonade inspired discussions of the issues raised by the album’s content, including “the lives, loves and pain of black women.” A week of activities dedicated to exploring these issues included contributions from the English, art, theater, history and exercise science departments, and from the women’s studies program.


UT Institute for Public Service’s LEIC Offers Training in Use of Force Decision Making

Helping law enforcement officers make better decisions on the use of force is increasingly important in light of public debate on the topic and is the main reason LEIC, an agency of the UT Institute for Public Service, invested in its simulator on Use of Force Decision Making. The eight-hour course helps increase situational awareness, communication skills and enables practice in decision-making under stress.

Law Enforcement Innovation Center Offers Training on Use of Force Decision Making Simulator

Scrappy’s Cupboard Takes on “Food Insecurity”

Finances can be so tight for some students that they face a choice between paying bills and buying food. Lose a part-time job or there’s a family matter that restricts resources, and a student can face “food insecurity,” a term for lack of stable access to nutritious meals. Scrappy’s Cupboard was established to offer basics as-needed, one student at a time.


Meet Your Manufacturing Match

Nissan North America in Nashville and the Volkswagen Group of America in Chattanooga are among Southern automotive manufacturers and suppliers engaged by an IPS agency in a suppliers-and-manufacturers matchmaking program. The venture is a collaboration between IPS’ Center for Industrial Services, the Tennessee Automotive Manufacturers Association and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community. The goal is getting automotive parts manufacturers together with original equipment manufacturers toward prosperous relationships that also benefit the state’s economy.

Center for Industrial Services Among Matchmakers for Automotive Suppliers, Buyers

National Forensic Academy Opens Facilities for Studying Bloodstain Patterns

The famed National Forensic Academy, a program of UT’s Law Enforcement Innovation Center, debuted two customized bloodstain pattern analysis houses in 2017. The modular structures are available for crime scene investigation training through a partnership with the UT Institute of Agriculture, as both are at the Outdoor Forensic Training Center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, which is within UTIA’s Arboretum in the area. 

National Forensic Academy Introduces Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Houses

IPS Launches Five-Year Strategic Plan for Even More Impactful Outreach

Four key goals to further enhance the Institute for Public Service’s statewide impact are the result of extensive feedback from current and prospective customers. Goals include meeting expanding needs by 2022 while delivering best-in-class resources from a diverse group of experts.

IPS Launches Five-Year Strategic Plan