Posts By: Lola Alapo

UT’s New Volume of Polk Letters Sheds Light on Origin of US–Mexico Border

Newly published letters of President James K. Polk shed light on the end of the Mexican War and the origin of the current US–Mexico border. Volume 13 of The Correspondence of James K. Polk, which comprises letters from August 1847 to March 1848, was published today by the University of Tennessee Press.

Burr Co-Authors Paper Examining Electric Sands of the Moon Titan

Turns out that the grains covering the surface of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, act like clingy packing peanuts—they become electrically charged and cause particles to stick to them. The study describing this finding, co-authored by UT researcher Devon Burr, was published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Feller Named to Review Team for Papers of Abraham Lincoln

UT Andrew Jackson scholar Daniel Feller has been invited to join a team of experts to review The Papers of Abraham Lincoln. The panel will make recommendations such as the best digital platform for publishing Lincoln’s papers, the project’s staffing needs, and the best organizational structure.

Two Faculty Members Elected to the American Academy of Microbiology

Department of Microbiology faculty members Heidi Goodrich-Blair, professor and head of microbiology, and Igor Jouline, joint faculty professor, have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology. They join 71 other professors worldwide as 2017 academy fellows.

Science Mag Interviews Grzanka about Toddler Play and Sexual Orientation Study

Science Magazine recently spoke with Patrick Grzanka, assistant professor of psychology, regarding a story about a controversial study that suggests that the objects and people children play with as early as toddlerhood may provide clues to their eventual sexual orientation. Grzanka disputed the study’s methods and significance noting that parents’ own beliefs and biases about gender almost certainly influence how they described their children’s gendered play, which could skew their reporting.