Posts By: Lola Alapo

Pacelle Provides Analysis for First GOP Debate


UT’s Richard Pacelle provided analysis for WATE-TV Channel 6 after the first presidential debate of the election season August 6 featuring Republican candidates. Watch the interview here. Pacelle is head of the Department of Political Science and an expert on American politics, constitutional law, civil liberties, and the judicial process. They’re Full of Stars! Students Find Densest Galaxies in the Universe recently featured graduate student Michael Sandoval in this story. He and a colleague found what appear to be the densest galaxies ever seen–cosmic realms where the night sky would appear ablaze with stars from the surface of a planet. The duo discovered ultracompact dwarf galaxies while looking through archives of astronomy observations by several different observatories. They conducted the

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Science Websites Highlight Sarah Lebeis Research on Plant Microbial Communities

Sarah Lebeis, assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology, has co-authored a paper that gives scientists a glimpse into how defense hormones shape plant health above and below the soil. Several leading science outlets have published stories about the research. They include: IFL Science: Plant Defense Hormones Build Healthy Microbiomes for Roots Science Daily: Unearthing cornerstones in root

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National Journal: Confronting Stone Mountain

Derek Alderman, head of the UT Department of Geography, spoke to the National Journal about the Confederate memorial carving on Stone Mountain and other symbols like it, and a proposed movement to add to–rather than remove–controversial monuments. In the article, he describes it as “symbolic accretion,” where one layers memories or messages on top of each other. “We

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Big South Fork hosting program to celebrate ‘blue moon’

Paul Lewis, director of UT’s planetarium and space science outreach, will lead an exploration of the blue moon–the second full moon in a calendar month–later this week. Lewis, along with rangers from the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will celebrate this occurrence during an 8:00 p.m. program July 31 at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center.

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UT researchers trying to stop the spread of canine distemper


WVLT Local 8 Now featured students and faculty at UT who are investigating ways to stop the spread of canine distemper, a devastating disease affecting dogs—particularly those in animal shelters. The team, part of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, is using math models to study how the disease spreads through a shelter once the

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Teachers test egg drop, model rockets at UT aerospace workshop

Knoxville News Sentinel

The News Sentinel recently featured UT’s summer aerospace workshop that aims to help teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade bring STEM education into the classroom through hands-on activities such as egg drops, and building model planes and rockets. The paper also interviewed Paul Lewis, director of UT’s planetarium and space science outreach who teaches astronomy and model rocket

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UT-ORNL Nuclear Expert Wirth Honored in Washington, DC


Nuclear energy expert Brian Wirth, a joint UT College of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory appointee, received the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award from US Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at a Washington, DC, ceremony Thursday night.