Arts & Sciences News

Pacelle, Wiegand in News Sentinel Story About Trump Administration Predictions

The Knoxville News Sentinel included Rich Pacelle, head of the Department of Political Science, and Krista Wiegand, associate professor of political science and national security expert at the Baker Center, in a story examining what the administration of president-elect Donald Trump’s administration would look like.

WBIR: Dolly Parton Focal Point of New UT History Class

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WBIR-TV Channel 10 featured a UT history class that studied the life of entertainer and philanthropist Dolly Parton as a way to understand history. Taught by Lynn Sacco, associate professor of history, the class studied Parton’s autobiography, listened to her music, and watched her films to learn the ins and outs of this universal icon.

Holy Batcave! Personal Sighting Leads Dinets to New Data on Spectral Bat

Spectral bats, also called false vampire bats for their imposing size—a wingspan of over three feet—are the largest bats in the Americas and typically roost in trees in lowland forests. Vladimir Dinets, UT research assistant professor of psychology, has discovered evidence that the species also can live in caves and is more adaptable than previously thought, thanks to personal observation and information gleaned from social media accounts of tourists.

UT’s Harjo: How Artists Can Use Their Craft to Address National Debates

When members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe began protesting a controversial pipeline project running through North Dakota, Joy Harjo used her voice and saxophone to raise awareness about the situation. Harjo, an acclaimed poet, author, musician, and a professor of English and Chair of Excellence, said artists play a crucial role in using their craft to address or draw attention to national issues in such a way that people will listen.

Brown Wins National Critical Criminologist of 2016 Award

Michelle Brown, an associate professor of sociology, has worked with community organizers and activist scholars and artists who seek to push back against mass incarceration and point to socially-just alternatives. Because of her work in the growing field of critical criminology, Brown was named the 2016 Critical Criminologist of the Year by the American Society of Criminology. The award honors distinguished scholarship, teaching, and service in the field.

News Sentinel Highlights Smith Research on Combating ‘Superbugs’

The Knoxville News Sentinel highlighted the research of Jeremy Smith, which involves the use of supercomputer simulations to help discover a new class of drug candidates that hold promise to combat antibiotic resistance. He is conducting the research with a team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.