The Knoxville News Sentinel interviewed Patrick Grzanka, a member of the Tennessee Equality Project and UT assistant professor of psychology, about proposed changes to Knox County Schools’ list of protected groups under its harassment policy. The Knox County school board reversed course after LGBT activists pushed back on a proposal to remove language explicitly protecting gay, lesbian and transgender
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Knoxville News Sentinel columnist Georgiana Vines spoke with Michael Fitzgerald, a professor of political science, about the rise and activism of groups in response to the election of President Donald Trump. She highlighted two groups–the Women’s March Coalition and Indivisible East Tennessee. What these two groups share besides some members is a desire to be “expressive,” Fitzgerald
Associate professor Lynn Sacco is teaching a history class at UT, but this class isn’t about breaking down maps or focusing on revolutions. It’s about country music superstar Dolly Parton. WVLT-TV Local 8 Now noted that it’s not a Dolly Parton appreciation class, but a special honors class. Students must interview to get in. “I
The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that The Clarence Brown Theatre’s 42nd season-opening production “Peter and the Starcatcher” was fantastic. The production featured dancing man-mermaids and flouncing pirates wrapped around the beloved tale of Peter Pan. Plus, there was a pirate-themed fight song set to “Rocky Top.” The story is a prequel to the “Peter Pan”
A full review of the Chimney Tops 2 fire showed the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was not ready for the wildfires that swept through Sevier County. The report called the wildfire conditions the “new normal.” Henri Grissino-Mayer, a UT geography professor who studies tree rings to predict wildfires, told the Knoxville News Sentinel: “The reality is
It was an event 130 million years in the making yet marked by the speed of light. On October 16 scientists announced they had, for the first time, detected both gravitational waves and light resulting from the collision of neutron stars. The discovery figures heavily into the work of several UT physicists.
Bat experts from around the country and the world are in Knoxville this week as part of the annual symposium of the North American Society for Bat Research. The conference will provide participants an opportunity to exchange ideas relating to bat research, conservation, and education. It will include field trips as well as a teachers’ workshop for local educators. A representative from the Organization for Bat Conservation will bring “flying foxes”—bats the size of Chihuahuas—for the teachers’ workshop.
Dolly Parton’s TV movie “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love,” received an Emmy nomination for best TV movie this summer. In an interview with the New York Times, she discussed her reaction to the honor, her family, and the UT course bearing her name. The course Dolly’s America, taught by Lynn Sacco, associate professor of
Christy Leppanen, a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, recently published a review that describes the scope in which invasive species threaten bats. The review summarizes the threats according to four categories: predation, disease, competition, and indirect interactions. Leppanen and her co-author identified threats of 37 invasive species to
Science magazine featured as its cover story the neutrino discovery of a team of scientists including Yuri Efremenko, a professor of physics. After more than a year of operation at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the COHERENT experiment, using the world’s smallest neutrino detector, found a big fingerprint of the elusive, electrically neutral particles that interact only weakly