Posts By: Lola Alapo

McCracken Featured in Nat Geo’s Bats Versus Batman Story

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.

Department of Religious Studies Retirees Paying It Forward to UT

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.

WVLT: Jantz Investigates Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance

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.

Prins Article on Piracy Featured in the Washington Post

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.