Posts By: Lola Alapo

Associated Press Highlights Norrell Book on Alex Haley

History Professor Jeff Norrell recently published a new biography exploring the rise of author Alex Haley to national celebrity and his great literary influence. The Associated Press picked up the story, and it has been featured in numerous national news outlets.

USA Today Interviews Inwood about Student Activist Movements


USA Today interviewed Joshua Inwood, associate professor of geography with a joint appointment in the Africana Studies Program, for this story examining how protests over racism at a Midwestern university is a wake-up call for campuses nationwide and signals a new sense of racial consciousness.

NIMBioS Study: What Makes a Leader? Clues from the Animal Kingdom


As the American media continues to buzz over who is more or less likely to secure the Republican and Democratic nominations for US President, experts from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) explore some interesting perspectives on the nature of leadership in a new study.

UT-ORNL Study: Calcium-48’s ‘Neutron Skin’ Thinner Than Previously Thought


An international team led by joint UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory faculty used America’s most powerful supercomputer, Titan, to calculate the neutron distribution and related observables of calcium-48, an isotope with an atomic nucleus consisting of twenty protons and twenty-eight neutrons. Computing the nucleus revealed that the difference between the radii of neutron and proton distributions—called the “neutron skin”—is considerably smaller than previously thought.

In the News: Von Arnim Study on Sleep and Cell Growth Connection

Several outlets featured the research of Albrecht von Arnim, which shows that lack of adequate sleep could short-circuit your system and interfere with a fundamental cellular process that drives physical growth, physiological adaptation, and even brain activity.

In the News: Sumrall Study on 320-Million-Year-Old Animal’s Digestive System Logo

Colin Sumrall co-authored a study about the revelation of a digestive system in a 320-million-year-old animal, which sheds light on the early evolutionary history of starfish and related animals. Several online publications featured the news including Phys.Org and North Carolina-based High Country Press.