Tropical rainforests play a vital role in the well-being of our planet, soaking up carbon dioxide and helping stabilize the global climate. A study from a team of researchers at NIMBioS reveals new findings about the structure of tropical rainforests and how the trees in them interact with one another.
Posts By: Lola Alapo
The Associated Press recently featured Derek Alderman, professor and head of the Department of Geography, in a story about New Orleans’ quest to make a break with its confederate past.
While tremendous progress has been made in eliminating malaria worldwide, about 3.2 billion people—nearly half the world’s population—are still at risk of the disease, according to the World Health Organization. A study from NIMBioS develops new methods to detect critical transitions in infectious disease epidemics, such as malaria.
The Chicago Daily Herald interviewed Larry Taylor for a story exploring how the moon may have once been part of earth.
Sheng Dai, a professor of chemistry with a joint appointment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been named to a list of the most highly cited researchers in the world.
UT’s Joshua Inwood and Derek Alderman wrote an opinion editorial for the Knoxville News Sentinel about the importance of diverse programs to the success of students beyond their college careers.
Research on the evolution and function of play at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT has culminated in a special issue of the journal Adaptive Behavior. The collection heavily features the research of Gordon Burghardt, who works on many aspects of animal behavior, play behavior, ethical treatment of animals, and zoo animal welfare.
Two UT professors have received National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships. Tore Olsson, assistant professor of history, and Tina Shepardson, professor of religious studies, received $50,400 each.
A new NIMBioS study sheds light on the strategies used by creationists to influence the way biology is taught in the classroom. The study reconstructed the evolutionary history of antievolution efforts in state legislatures to reveal the relationships among lawmaking efforts over the past decade.
US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, during a recent hearing about affirmative action, said students of color may be better off at “lesser schools” because many are “pushed ahead too fast.” UT’s Joshua Inwood told WATE-TV Channel 6 that Scalia’s comments may demonstrate how his power relationships and ideas about race inform his jurisprudence and may be outmoded.