With the Lego Batman movie premiering recently, National Geographic took a whimsical look at seven ways in which bats are like the fictional Batman character. Nat Geo turned to Gary McCracken—professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and one of the world’s leading experts on bats—for a question about bats’ built-in superpowers.
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In preparation for Department of Religious Studies 50th anniversary celebration, two retired department heads provided funds to help establish the Religious Studies Endowment. Several retirees also have contributed toward other awards and endowments to support the department.
The USA Today Network featured an interview with Daniel Feller, professor of history, about the comparisons between presidents Donald Trump and Andrew Jackson.
Jered Sprecher, a professor in the School of Art, is showing his first solo museum exhibition at the Knoxville Museum of Art through April. The Knoxville Mercury calls him an “untortured artist” and one of the country’s leading abstract artists.
The 80 year old disappearance of Amelia Earhart spawned an investigation by Richard Jantz, director emeritus of the Forensic Anthropology Center. WVLT’s Alan Williams recently featured Jantz’s quest to solve this mystery.
Dawnie Steadman, the director of the Forensic Anthropology Center, was recently featured in Science magazine regarding the scientific importance of body farms.
In WBIR’s coverage of President Trump’s Inauguration, Professors Dan Feller and Amber Roessner weighed in regarding their respective areas of expertise.
Brandon Prins, professor of political science, and co-researcher Anup Phayal, postdoctoral research fellow with the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, were recently featured as guest authors in the Washington Post. The article, “What do pirates want? To Steal Riches at Sea so They Can Pay for Wars on Land,” describes where piracy still frequently occurs and why it continues to be a profitable way of life for rebels.
Looking for something new to do this Saturday? Join UT’s Department of Physics and Astronomy for their second lecture in a new series, “Saturday Morning Physics.”
Mindfulness practices could be a key to reducing stress and improving relationships for couples. A UT researcher is launching a home-based mindfulness intervention aimed at helping low-income couples build healthier and stronger relationships.