Posts By: Lola Alapo

Hay’s Infant Language Development Study in the News

Jessica Hay, an assistant professor of psychology and director of UT’s Infant Language and Perceptual Learning Lab, has received a five-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how infants acquire language. The Associated Press and several media outlets featured the news including WATE-TV, the San Francisco Chronicle, Columbus, Indiana-based The Republic, WDEF in Chattanooga, and Nashville-based WSMV-TV.

UT-ORNL Study: Nano-trapped Molecules Potentially Key to Advanced Storage Devices


Single atoms or molecules imprisoned by laser light in a doughnut-shaped metal cage could unlock the key to advanced storage devices, computers and high-resolution instruments, according to a recent UT-ORNL study. In a paper published in Physical Review A, a team composed of Ali Passian of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Marouane Salhi and George

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WUOT: UT’s Gavrilets Discusses Evolution of Human Warfare


Sergey Gavrilets recently spoke with WUOT 91.9 FM about human warfare and how it has evolved over time. Gavrilets, distinguished professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is one of the organizers of a three-day workshop that will explore warfare in human societies and how it has potentially acted as a source of natural selection for biological and cultural evolution.

Shellen Wu Discusses New Book in Podcast


Shellen Wu, assistant professor of history, discusses her new book, Empires of Coal: Fueling China’s Entry into the Modern World Order, 1860-1920, in a podcast interview with the New Books in East Asian Studies website.

NIMBioS Receives National Grant to Assess Student Learning in Mathematics


The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis has been awarded a two-year, $299,990 grant from the National Science Foundation to assess whether using real-world biology examples in college-level mathematics courses enhances student understanding of quantitative concepts.

UT Pro2Serve Math Contest In the News

Knoxville News Sentinel

Hundreds of Tennessee high school students will descend on UT this fall and put their mathematics skills to the test during this year’s UT Pro2Serve math competition. They’ll also vie for academic scholarships to UT. The News Sentinel featured the contest in this story. Oak Ridge Today also featured the news in this story.  

NPR: If These Bones Could Talk: The Stories Human Skeletons Can Tell

National Public Radio featured the Bass Donated Skeletal Collection and Dawnie Steadman, director of UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center, in this story. The donated collection contains 1,200 skeletons; it’s a draw for anthropologists, detectives and demographers who come to UT to learn how to read these bones.