As President Trump approaches his 100th day in office, CNN reports that is appears to be impossible for Congress to get anything done. CNN interviewed Dan Feller, a professor in the Department of History, regarding Congress’s history of dysfunction.
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Henri Grissino-Mayer, professor in the Department of Geography and an expert in using tree rings to reconstruct past climates, recently spoke with WUOT’s Megan Jamerson about his research.
For the first time, a UT professor has received a major Carnegie fellowship. Nicknamed “the brainy awards,” the fellowship is one of the most prestigious awards for scholars in the social sciences and humanities. Nathan J. Kelly, associate professor of political science, has been named a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Research Fellow. The recognition comes for his work studying how economic inequality reinforces itself through politics.
The Oak Ridger recently featured Michael Fitzgerald, professor of political science and senior teaching fellow at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Fitzgerald was the guest speaker at the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge’s Lunch with the League event on Tuesday, April 18. He spoke about U.S.-Russia relations, which is his area of study.
The Christian Science Monitor recently interviewed Hap McSween, an emeritus professor at UT who has studied meteorites for almost 40 years. President Trump has said he wants NASA to refocus its energies beyond our home planet. But even planetary scientists have expressed concerns about scaling back Mission to Planet Earth.
Three undergraduate students at UT are researching Rett syndrome, a progressive neurological disorder that afflicts one in 10,000 females. They want to raise awareness about the disorder and hope their discoveries translate into improved care for patients.
The UT professor who predicted the devastating Sevier County wildfires of late last year has won an award. The university has named Henri Grissino-Mayer a James R. Cox professor, and with that comes $25,500 over the course of three years. WBIR and the Knoxville News Sentinel reported on Grissino-Mayer’s recent award.
The Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons in attacks on its own people is raising questions in the research community about the need to counteract such activity, according to two experts at the University of Tennessee. The Knoxville News Sentinel recently interviewed Jeremy Smith, a governor’s chair researcher at UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the director of the UT/ORNL Center for Molecular Biophysics, and Howard Hall, also a governor’s chair and director of the Institute for Nuclear Security at UT. Both experts expressed a need for more research on counteracting these chemical weapons.
A UT honors course designed to help students analyze popular culture as a historical source by using the life of singer-songwriter Dolly Parton has garnered widespread national media attention. Even the famed entertainer called the course “a blessing.”
The Knoxville News Sentinel recounts how UT doctoral student David Gatewood recently won big on Jeopardy. Gatewood, a graduate teaching associate in the Department of English, faced the returning champion and got off to a slow start. However, he managed to pull ahead after he answered the last question correctly and advanced on the show.