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Dr. Steven Angle
Chancellor’s Update

Thank you to everyone for taking precautions – wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing – to keep the coronavirus at a manageable level.  It is working, so keep it up.

National Hispanic Heritage Month runs through Oct. 15, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs has many events in store through collaborations with campus and community partners.  Highlights include Screen on the Green movies at Chamberlain Field, Fiesta Fridays in the Multicultural Center’s new Lupton Hall location, and a virtual Hispanic Heritage Networking Night.  For information, please visit MocSync or email

Mark your calendars!  ReSEARCH Dialogues, the largest academic conference on the UTC campus, will now be held virtually as part of the first-ever UTC Research and Creative Activities Week April 12-15.  Information about the new format can be found on the ReSEARCH Dialogues webpage.

Congratulations to Dr. Mina Sartipi, director of the UTC Center for Urban Informatics and Progress (CUIP), on securing a $2.1 million grant from the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).  In collaboration with Yu Liang, Osama Osman and Dalei Wu in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and Austin Harris in CUIP, they will examine ways to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

Assistant professor of sociology Chandra Ward and Dr. Sartipi are collaborating on projects with other universities.  Grants of $2.1 million from the National Science Foundation and $1.8 million from the U.S. Department of Energy will support projects with the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA)—in which regional transit systems will be reconceptualized using cutting-edge data science techniques.  Great work!

Congratulations to Michelle Deardorff, the Adolph S. Ochs professor of government and department head of Political Science and Public Service, on being elected vice president of the American Political Science Association.  This is a tremendous honor for Michelle during a most interesting time for political scientists.

In light of ongoing public health concerns regarding large gatherings, fall commencement ceremonies will be held virtually on Dec. 12.  This was a difficult decision, but it is in the best interest of the campus community.

This year is clearly one for the record books!  This past Sunday we had a wild bear roaming around campus.  What will happen next?

Whether you are a student, faculty or staff member, voting is a privilege and a duty—and it is crucial that you register to vote.  The deadline to register in the November election is this Monday, October 5th.  Go Mocs and Go Vote!

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