Arts & Sciences News

Mental Floss Features Hodges’ ‘Centaur of Volos’

The Centaur Excavations of Volos, an art exhibit brought to Hodges Library by Beauvais Lyons, professor of art, and Neil Greenberg, emeritus professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is featured in an article on the Mental Floss website.

UK Daily Mail: Now That’s Crocodile Rock!

The UK Daily Mail featured Vladimir Dinets, research assistant professor of psychology, in a story about predatory reptiles like crocodiles and alligators that sing to each other like birds do. The publication highlighted Dinets’ research that shows crocodiles and alligators have a talent for climbing trees. He observed crocodile species climbing trees on three continents–Australia, Africa

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Pacelle Provides Analysis for First GOP Debate

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UT’s Richard Pacelle provided analysis for WATE-TV Channel 6 after the first presidential debate of the election season August 6 featuring Republican candidates. Watch the interview here. Pacelle is head of the Department of Political Science and an expert on American politics, constitutional law, civil liberties, and the judicial process.

Space.com: They’re Full of Stars! Students Find Densest Galaxies in the Universe

Space.com recently featured graduate student Michael Sandoval in this story. He and a colleague found what appear to be the densest galaxies ever seen–cosmic realms where the night sky would appear ablaze with stars from the surface of a planet. The duo discovered ultracompact dwarf galaxies while looking through archives of astronomy observations by several different observatories. They conducted the

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Science Websites Highlight Sarah Lebeis Research on Plant Microbial Communities

Sarah Lebeis, assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology, has co-authored a paper that gives scientists a glimpse into how defense hormones shape plant health above and below the soil. Several leading science outlets have published stories about the research. They include: IFL Science: Plant Defense Hormones Build Healthy Microbiomes for Roots Science Daily: Unearthing cornerstones in root

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NIMBioS Students Create Tool to Stop Invasive Pests

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Invasive species, from plants like the kudzu vine to animals like the red scale insect that chomps through citrus crops, threaten the health of vital agricultural and natural lands. Three undergraduate students have developed a new tool to help fight these pests. Their work was done with UT faculty mentors during a summer research program at NIMBioS.

National Journal: Confronting Stone Mountain

Derek Alderman, head of the UT Department of Geography, spoke to the National Journal about the Confederate memorial carving on Stone Mountain and other symbols like it, and a proposed movement to add to–rather than remove–controversial monuments. In the article, he describes it as “symbolic accretion,” where one layers memories or messages on top of each other. “We

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England Chronicles: Chamber Singers in London for Final Leg of Tour

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The Chamber Singers are now in London, where they have performed a Choral Evensong in St. Paul’s Cathedral and will sing in Westminster Abbey before heading home mid-week. The forty-six-member chorus has been on a twelve-day tour of England, where they are performing in some of the country’s most historic and best-known cathedrals.