Arts & Sciences News

Five with UT Physics Ties are Breakthrough Award Laureates

Physics breakthrough award

When UT’s physicists got involved in neutrino physics by joining the KamLAND (Kamioka Liquid Scintillator Anti-Neutrino Detector) experiment in 1997, they weren’t looking for financial gain. Yet with the experiment’s recent selection for the Breakthrough Awards Fundamental Physics prize, their efforts will, quite literally, pay off.

Retired Professor is Honorary Slovenian Consul, Home is Consulate


For Lydia Pulsipher, a retired UT geography professor, sharing her Slovenian culture is a way of life. Since 2010, Pulsipher has served as honorary consul of the Republic of Slovenia for Tennessee—and she’s opened her home to serve as the consulate.

Candlelight Vigil Tonight for Victims of Paris Attacks

The campus community is invited to join the student French honor society, Pi Delta Phi, at a candlelight vigil at 7:00 p.m. today on Market Square in downtown Knoxville, in honor of the victims of the Paris attacks. For more information, contact Mary McAlpin at

UT Presents Statewide High School Contest Winners with Scholarships

Ten Tennessee high school students received $6,000 annual scholarships to UT in this year’s UT-Pro2Serve Math Contest, held October 27. The scholarship winners were: • Jackson Moody, Memphis University School, Memphis • Simon Li, McCallie School, Chattanooga • Joon-Sung Park, Brentwood High School, Brentwood • Haoming Ning, Pope John Paul II HS, Hendersonville • Tolson

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Associated Press Highlights Norrell Book on Alex Haley

History Professor Jeff Norrell recently published a new biography exploring the rise of author Alex Haley to national celebrity and his great literary influence. The Associated Press picked up the story, and it has been featured in numerous national news outlets.