Arts & Sciences News

Two Faculty Members Elected to the American Academy of Microbiology

Department of Microbiology faculty members Heidi Goodrich-Blair, professor and head of microbiology, and Igor Jouline, joint faculty professor, have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology. They join 71 other professors worldwide as 2017 academy fellows.

Expert: Supreme Court Nominee Could Decide Nation’s Course on Immigration, Free Speech, LGBT Rights

Senate hearings for Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the US Supreme Court are under way in Washington, DC, this week. If appointed, he would have a hand in interpreting the Constitution and thus shaping the nation’s laws relating to primary issues including immigration and deportation; presidential power; free speech; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, said Richard Pacelle, head of UT’s Department of Political Science.

UT to Host SBIR Grant Information Session April 4

Learn how to participate in federal Small Business Innovation Research grants at a SBIR Informational Session at 4 p.m. April 4 in West Wing Room 440 of the Haslam Business Building.

Science Mag Interviews Grzanka about Toddler Play and Sexual Orientation Study

Science Magazine recently spoke with Patrick Grzanka, assistant professor of psychology, regarding a story about a controversial study that suggests that the objects and people children play with as early as toddlerhood may provide clues to their eventual sexual orientation. Grzanka disputed the study’s methods and significance noting that parents’ own beliefs and biases about gender almost certainly influence how they described their children’s gendered play, which could skew their reporting.

New Test Detects Early Stage of Wasting Disease in Cattle

NIMBioS researchers have identified a more sensitive test for detecting the early stages of paratuberculosis, a fatal disease that plagues dairy and beef herds and causes an estimated annual loss of up to $250 million to the US dairy industry.

Historian Recaps Trump’s Speech at the Hermitage

President Donald Trump visited The Hermitage Wednesday on the 250th anniversary of Andrew Jackson’s birth to lay a wreath at his grave. UT history professor Daniel Feller stood 50 feet from him as he delivered a speech from the home’s front porch.

Women in STEM Symposium Provides Students a Chance to Shine

The Women in STEM Research Symposium returns to UT on March 21, bringing together students, faculty, and researchers for a day recognizing and strengthening the role of women in science, technology, engineering, and math fields.