UTC Holds ElderScholars Meeting April 8

Monday, March 24, 2014

The April ElderScholars meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 8, in the Lookout Mountain Room of the University Center.  The speaker will be Ezra Reynolds, Signal Centers, Assistive Technology Services, and the subject will be an Overview of Assistive Technology.  Assistive Technology is any technology used to overcome the effects of a disability. While it includes such things as eyeglasses, hearing aids, and wheelchairs, it encompasses much more than that.

Assistive Technology Services works with people of all ages and all disabilities, with the goal of matching them with technology to help them be independent: able to go to school, go to college, hold a job, or live independently in the community. 

Ezra Reynolds is a graduate of Central High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, with degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. He first developed a passion for assistive technologies while working on a senior project at UTC, funded by Signal Centers. Following graduation, he began working there as their only engineer. 

In his commentary entitled “The Father of Invention,” in the Chattanooga Times Free Press on March 16, David Cook described some of Ezra’s inventive solutions to problems faced by the disabled, using materials at hand or parts fabricated from scratch, including by means of the 3-D printer on the fourth floor of the Chattanooga Public Library. Cook quotes Ezra on what he considers his greatest invention, the independence his clients achieve with his help. 

Ezra’s presentation will include a show-and-tell of some of the many different types of assistive technologies for the audience to examine. Signal Center’s goal is to make people aware of the types of devices that are available or adaptable for their use, usually off-the-shelf devices. They don’t sell anything. In the event that they cannot find an off-the-shelf device, their design program engineers it from scratch or engineers an inexpensive modification or redesign of an existing product.

There will be an ElderScholars sign on a table in the cafeteria around noon where anyone is invited to join for lunch.  Look for the sign for seating together.

The official meeting starts at 1 p.m.  Parking is free in any UTC lot.  Be sure to place this letter on your dashboard indicating that you are attending the ElderScholar Meeting.  If you have any difficulty with ticketing, please take your letter and the ticket to the University “Police Station” which is at the top of the hill at the end of the street directly behind the University Center.  They should be able to handle it without difficulty.  



East Hamilton County Community Meeting To Be Held Thursday

Commissioner Sabrena Smedley and Councilman Darrin Ledford will host the East Hamilton County Community Meeting this Thursday at 6 p.m. at Morris Hill Baptist Church, 1804 Morris Hill Road.   Guests will include: Dr. Bryan Johnson, Hamilton County Schools superintendent; Jim Hammond, Hamilton County sheriff; Bill Hullander, Hamilton County trustee; John Bridger, RPA; and ... (click for more)

France Honors World War II Veterans From Georgia And Tennessee

As an expression of France’s eternal gratitude to those who liberated it from oppression from 1944-45, the Consul General of France in Atlanta, Louis de Corail, honored seven American World War II Veterans from Georgia and Tennessee with the French Legion of Honor during a ceremony at the capitol on Monday. The National Order of the Legion of Honor is the highest military ... (click for more)

Woman Has Unknown Liquid Thrown In Her Face At CARTA; 15 Fire Companies Respond

A woman had an "unknown liquid" thrown in her face at CARTA at Wilcox Boulevard and Holtzclaw Avenue on Tuesday morning, fire officials said. The Chattanooga Fire Department responded to the call to assist Hamilton County EMS personnel who were on the scene.  EMS advised that there was a female with burns to her face and she was transported to a local hospital.  ... (click for more)

Opportunity Zone Begins Effort To Transform 12 Low-Performing County Schools

The Hamilton County Department of Education announced the new Opportunity Zone team that officials said "will ensure every student is post-secondary ready." The schools in this zone are: Brainerd High, The Howard School, East Lake Middle Academy, Dalewood Middle, Orchard Knob Middle, Barger Academy of Fine Arts, Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy, Clifton Hills ... (click for more)

Titans Hide In The Locker Room

This Sunday, as has been widely reported, the Tennessee Titans and the Seattle Seahawks both chose to remain in their respective locker rooms during the playing of the National Anthem at Nissan Stadium.  Besides the fact that the NFL game operations manual has a rule regarding player behavior during the playing of the National Anthem which requires them to stand at attention ... (click for more)

Roy Exum - Why Al Took A Stand

“Help me, sir!” 18-year-old Jesse Dietrich cried to his lieutenant. “Please sir, I need help …” the Private First Class begged as blood streamed from where the kid had been shot in the chest during an intense Taliban ambush. The platoon leader had just dragged the 18-year-old by his backpack down a dark alley in withering gunfire, all the while returning fire over the fallen soldier ... (click for more)