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UT engineering professor acquitted of wire fraud, false statement charges

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A University of Tennessee engineering professor has been acquitted of charges that alleged he hid his ties with a Chinese university from the federal government. Anming Hu, 51, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering at UTK, was acquitted Thursday of all six charges against him, three counts of wire fraud and three counts of making false statements. https://www.wate.com/news/local-news/ut-engineering-professor-acquitted-of-wire-fraud-false-statement-charges/

Former University of Tennessee professor falsely accused of espionage faces second trial

The Justice Department is taking another shot at prosecuting a former University of Tennessee professor whose career and reputation were ruined by a false spy claim leveled by the previous administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Casey Arrowood has filed a one-page notice in U.S. District Court in Knoxville that the Justice Department intends to try — for the second time — Dr. Anming Hu on fraud charges the agency brought under the Trump administration after falsely accusing the nanotechnology expert of being a spy for the Chinese military. https://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/crime/2021/08/02/tennessee-professor-anming-hu-accused-spying-faces-second-trial/5457371001/

Letter on Students’ Free Speech

Joint Statement of AAUP@UTK and UTK Chapter of United Campus Workers | February 26, 2021 The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the UTK Chapter of United Campus Workers (UCW) unequivocally support students’ right to free expression, including the right to protest peacefully. That right is the backbone of any education and any democracy worth the name. We therefore endorse the February 24, 2021 statement by the ETSU Student Government Association affirming the First Amendment rights of student athletes to kneel during the playing of the national anthem. At the same time, we condemn the recent… Read More »Letter on Students’ Free Speech

Statement of Solidarity with Ohio State Faculty

May 6, 2020 The University of Tennessee, Knoxville chapter of the American Association of University Professors stands in solidarity with the faculty of Ohio University. In recent days, we have learned that dozens of OU faculty and staff have been laid off amidst a budgetary crisis aggravated — but not initiated — by COVID-19. It is particularly disturbing that the OU administration chose to begin faculty layoffs in the departments of African-American Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. As this situation evolves, and announcements of further cuts are made, a preponderance of those cuts seems to take aim at humanities departments — English, history,… Read More »Statement of Solidarity with Ohio State Faculty

Roundtable on Academic Freedom

On Wednesday, November 18th, our chapter held a roundtable discussion on legislative pressure on faculty expression. Despite inclement weather the meeting was well attended and productive. Much of it centered on name and pronoun accommodation in our classes and the chilling effect of comments by Tennessee legislators on our campus discussion of this issue. This included the censorship (removal from UT website without the author’s permission) of thoughtful suggestions for faculty on inclusive practice.On Wednesday, November 18th, our chapter held a roundtable discussion on legislative pressure on faculty expression. Despite inclement weather the meeting was well attended and productive. Much of it centered on name… Read More »Roundtable on Academic Freedom

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