Derek Alderman, head of the UT Department of Geography, and Kurt Butefish, coordinator of the Tennessee Geographic Alliance, wrote an opinion editorial for the Knoxville News Sentinel about the importance of geography in state social studies curriculum as officials seek to revise the standards. They noted that geography is increasingly becoming a smaller part of the curriculum–which is a disadvantage to K-12 students.
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Theresa Lee, dean of the UT College of Arts and Sciences, has been elected to serve on the executive board for the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences.
A joint UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory research project involving supercomputer simulations has played a key role in discovering a new class of drug candidates that hold promise to combat antibiotic resistance.
Louis Gross, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and mathematics, has been invited to join a National Academies of Sciences committee to set a vision for the emerging discipline of data science in undergraduate education in the United States.
Marilyn Kallet, a Knoxville poet and professor of English, recently spoke with WUOT 91.9 FM about the healing power of words and what she has learned from watching others discover it.
Healthy Pets recently featured the research of Vladimir Dinets, a research assistant professor of psychology, which examines the hunting behavior of crocodiles.
The Knoxville Mercury recently featured the UT Opera Theatre’s production of Ulysses. The theater performed the play in early November.
WBIR-TV Channel 10 interviewed Anthony Nownes, professor of political science, about key election indicators that would offer clues about how local and national elections would work out.
Michael Fitzgerald, a professor of political science, spoke to the Knoxville News Sentinel about the critical role North Carolina would play in the presidential election. He noted that the electoral college in that state would be a key to winning the White House.
The Knoxville News Sentinel interviewed Mark Hulsether, professor of religious studies, for a story examining the intersection of religion and politics and how people of faith draw disparate conclusions at the ballot box.