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O’Meara Receives NSF CAREER Grant for Research on Species Evolution

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An evolutionary biologist at UT is developing methods that will use information from species alive now, and potentially extinct species, to understand how and why species have changed through time. Brian O’Meara has received a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award for this work. The award is given to promising young faculty members as a

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WBIR Features Students’ Voterpalooza Event

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A group of students organized Voterpalooza this week to help their peers learn about candidates and public policy issues. WBIR-TV Channel 10 featured the event.

In Memoriam: Leonard Handler

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Leonard Handler, a longtime professor in the Department of Psychology, passed away February 6. He was 79.

Registration Opens Sunday for Sixty-Sixth Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage

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Registration for the sixty-sixth annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage opens at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, February 14. The event is April 19-23 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Each year, more than 700 people from more than thirty-five states and beyond descend on the Great Smoky Mountains to see the forest flowers blooming as vibrant spring migratory birds return to their summer home.

News Sentinel interviews Nownes for Story on Presidential Race

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New Hampshire may be ground zero this week in the race for the White House, but in three weeks Tennessee voters will help pick their parties’ nominees for president. The Knoxville News Sentinel interviewed Anthony Nownes, a professor of political science, for a story about the presidential race.

Huffington Post, Other Outlets Highlight LGBT Study

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Patrick Grzanka and Joe Miles’s study on sexual orientation belief continues to garner national and international attention. The Huffington Post and other media outlets have highlighted the research, which suggests that “born this way” beliefs may not be the key to reducing homophobia.

Study: Whooping Cranes’ Predatory Behavior Key for Adaptation, Survival

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The whooping crane, with its snowy white plumage and trumpeting call, is one of the most beloved American birds, and one of the most endangered. As captive-raised cranes are re-introduced in Louisiana, they are gaining a new descriptor: natural killer. A new study from a UT researcher suggests Louisiana cranes are faring well thanks in part to their penchant for hunting reptiles and amphibians.

UT-ORNL Study: No Double Magic for Calcium-52

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Nuclear theorists from UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are among the researchers who have found that Calcium-52 doesn’t quite have the magic scientists once thought.

Baker Center to Host Environmental Historian Bart Elmore Thursday

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What can the history of Coca-Cola teach us about building an environmentally sustainable economy? Historian Bart Elmore will answer that question in a lecture from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, February 11, at the Baker Center as part of the Energy and Environmental Forum.