Charles Harlan Reynolds, professor emeritus and former head of the Department of Religious Studies, passed away January 25. He was 78. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, February 11, at the UT Visitors Center. Reynolds joined UT’s Department of Religious Studies in 1969. He served as head from 1980 to 2001.
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President Donald Trump’s first order of business was signing an executive order that ordered federal agencies to ease the burden from Obamacare. WVLT interviewed political science professor, Richard Pacelle, to discuss the implications of Trump’s action.
UT anthropology professor Jan Simek and UT grad student Beau Carroll were recently featured on National Geographic, as reported by local NBC-affiliate WBIR.
A recent story by WBIR highlighted Pentatonix member Avi Kaplan’s recent visit to the UT School of Music.
A new endowment that will support the academic pursuits of graduate students in the humanities has been named in honor of Tom Heffernan, retiring director of the UT Humanities Center.
UT’s Joshua Emery is part of a NASA mission that could provide new insight into one of the earliest eras in the history of our solar system. The project, named Lucy, is one of two recently selected by NASA to be formulated into missions. Emery will serve on the science team for Lucy.
WBIR, People Magazine Highlight Marching Band Performance in Inaugural Parade
Nature, the weekly journal of science, recently featured one of NASA’s current projects, which involves building a rover that it hopes will bring back signs of life from Mars. Harry “Hap” McSween, Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, is a part of the team working on the $2.4 billion project to bring back a rock from Mars, which could take place as early as July 2020.
Professor and head of the Department of Geography Derek Alderman has conducted extensive research on schools named for Martin Luther King Jr. Recently, Alderman was interviewed by Education Week to discuss the naming of schools after the Obamas.
Jered Sprecher’s exhibition, Outside In, will open at the Knoxville Museum of Art on Friday, January 27. Sprecher is a professor in the School of Art. A self-described “hunter and gatherer,” Sprecher pulls his imagery from disparate sources such as wallpaper, graffiti, architecture, cut gemstones, and X-rays.