William Raymond Wade, UT professor emeritus of mathematics, died November 30 in Brea, California. He was 73. He had a distinguished 43-year career at the university, including service as associate head for undergraduate studies in the Department of Mathematics, before he retired in 2011.
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A Knoxville News Sentinel columnist recently featured Colin Sumrall, assistant professor of paleobiology, and his knowledge of Bohemian waxwing birds.
Poets.org highlighted Joy Harjo’s words about how artists can use their craft to address national debates in this tweet to its 89,000 followers. Harjo is an acclaimed poet, author, musician, and a professor of English and Chair of Excellence.
The Knoxville Mercury featured Mary Campbell, assistant professor of art, in a question-and-answer story about her new book Charles Ellis Johnson and the Erotic Mormon Image.
Kiley McCoy, a senior in political science, wrote a guest column for the Knoxville News Sentinel about the need for an increase in minimum wage for the working poor.
Nature quoted Richard Jantz, professor emeritus of anthropology, in a story about the return of North America’s oldest mummy to a US tribe after genome sequencing.
The Knoxville News Sentinel included Rich Pacelle, head of the Department of Political Science, and Krista Wiegand, associate professor of political science and national security expert at the Baker Center, in a story examining what the administration of president-elect Donald Trump’s administration would look like.
The Washington Post interviewed geography professor Henri Grissino-Mayer for a story examining the future of Gatlinburg following a wildfire that devastated much of the mountain town. He also continued to talk to local and national media outlets about his research that has predicted a large wildfire in the Gatlinburg area for years.
WBIR-TV Channel 10 featured a UT history class that studied the life of entertainer and philanthropist Dolly Parton as a way to understand history. Taught by Lynn Sacco, associate professor of history, the class studied Parton’s autobiography, listened to her music, and watched her films to learn the ins and outs of this universal icon.
The Las Cruces Sun-News, which is part of the USA Today Network, recently highlighted the efforts of Joy Harjo to support members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as they protested a controversial pipeline project running through North Dakota.