Ernest Freeberg, head of the Department of History, penned an essay for the Knoxville News Sentinel examining the history of free speech on the UT campus. Freeberg noted that UT chancellor Charles Weaver’s decision in 1968 to veto a student committee’s invitation to comedian and activist Dick Gregory to speak on campus sparked the debate over students’ free speech rights.
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The Huffington Post recently featured an article examining five health benefits of forgiveness. The article highlighted UT research, which showed that forgiveness is associated with a whole range of health measures that include sleep quality and fatigue.
The New York Times featured a study that suggests stitching together forests can help save multiple species. The publication interviewed Daniel Simberloff, an ecologist at UT, who cautioned that the research relied heavily on debatable modeling assumptions.
With the Mars 2020 rover mission just around the corner, NASA has created a Returned Sample Science Board to grapple with the scientific, technological, and policy issues that come with such a robotic venture. Members will discuss the best strategy for hauling Red Planet rock and dirt to Earth. Harry McSween, UT professor of Earth
Derek Alderman, a UT geography professor who studies southern memory and commemorative culture, was featured in a discussion on National Public Radio’s show A1 about Confederate monuments. (August 16 edition) The debate over Confederate monuments and memorials often boils down to history versus hate and it’s heating up again. A group of activists in Durham,
A new study conducted at UT’s Anthropology Research Facility examining mouth microbiomes could help scientists more accurately estimate time since death.
National Public Radio interviewed Daniel Feller, UT professor of history, about how common it is when politicians push for investigation of their opponents—particularly when their opponents have lost.
Science Magazine recently reported that the construction of a dam in central Brazil has spurred fast evolution of geckos in the region. In just 15 years, the lizards’ heads have grown larger—an adaptation that allows them to eat a wider variety of insects made available by the dam’s creation. The finding may signal other rapid
Daniel Feller, UT professor of history, this summer was a guest on Stewart Harris’s nationally syndicated NPR program, Your Weekly Constitutional. During a two-part interview series, Feller expounded on all things Andrew Jackson.
William Mercer, a lecturer in the Department of History, was a guest panelist for a radio show on Santa Monica, California-based KCRW-FM, 89.9 this summer. The panel assessed the US Supreme Court at the end of its most recent term. Mercer and other panelists noted that with all nine members now in place for the next term, the