Posts By: Lola Alapo

UT Professor Comments in Science News on History of Edrioasteroid Tube Feet

Science News reports that like sea stars, ancient echinoderms used to eat, breathe and scuttle around the seafloor with tiny tube feet. Scientists suspected that the ancient marine invertebrates, called edrioasteroids, had tube feet. A set of unusually well-preserved fossils from around 430 million year ago–described September 13 in Proceedings of the Royal Society B–provides

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KNS Interviews Grzanka about Proposed Changes to Knox Schools’ Protected Groups List

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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Fitzgerald Speaks to News Sentinel about Opposition Groups

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

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WVLT: Dolly Parton Becomes Topic of History Class at UT

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

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KNS: Clarence Brown Theatre Showcases Outstanding Production of ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

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”

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Latest LIGO News Sends Waves through UT Physics

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.

Dolly Talks to New York Times About UT Course Bearing Her Name

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

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Science Pubs Highlight Bat Research of Post Doc Leppanen

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

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