Arts & Sciences News

Scientific American: Goannas Dig the Deepest, Twistiest Burrows Of All

Scientific American recently featured the research of Sean Doody, adjunct professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Doody and his colleagues examine the complex, spiraling nest burrows produced by the yellow-spotted Australian monitor lizard, Varanus panoptes.

BBC: Is the Himalayan Yeti a Real Animal?

BBC-News

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) recently featured Vladimir Dinets, assistant research professor in the Department of Psychology, in a story about the Yeti, a mythical creature described as an enormous, shaggy ape-man with huge feet and aggressive sabre-like teeth. Scientists suggest various theories about what the creature is, ranging from a bear to an ape. “There are

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McClung Museum Hosts Meditation, Yoga, and Lecture Series in July

On Fridays this July, the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture invites the community to join the museum for “A Month of Mindfulness.” Each hour-long session will allow participants to step out of the heat and hustle of summer and into the museum for an hour of guided meditation, lecture, and yoga practice.

Biologists search local rivers to shed light on mudpuppies

Knoxville News Sentinel

The News Sentinel recently featured Ben Fitzpatrick, associate professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, in a story about mudpuppies, one of the largest aquatic salamanders in the eastern US. Fitzpatrick’s research focuses on population genetics, conservation biology and vertebrate biology. Read the full News Sentinel story online. (login required)  

Online Access to The Papers of Andrew Jackson Available

The Papers of Andrew Jackson Digital Edition joins a short list of prestigious editorial projects available within The American Founding Era Collection, a digital publication of the University of Virginia Press.

Twins Use Love of Theater to Launch Party Company

Sisters Rachel Clift, left, and Laura Clift transform into princesses for children's parties.

Twin sisters Laura and Rachel Clift—sophomores at UT—have used their theater training to create a children’s party business called Neverland and Company. The Clift sisters grew up in Maryville, spending their days watching musicals and acting out their favorite fairy tales. As they got older, they began dressing as original fairy characters and attending Renaissance festivals with friends.