Last month, UT co-hosted a stargazing party–the fourth annual Calhoun Stargaze–in Calhoun County, West Virginia. According to the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, which featured the event, without the bright lights of an urban setting Calhoun Park off West Virginia 16 outside of Grantsville has one of the darkest night skies in the eastern United States.
Sergey Gavrilets, distinguished professor of ecology, evolutionary biology and mathematics at UT recently published a study explaining what may motivate individuals to take part in extremist behaviors.
In the caves of Cuba, at Desembarco del Granma National Park, boas hunt in packs. That’s the conclusion of a study published in Animal Behavior and Cognition by Vladimir Dinets, a research assistant professor of psychology. His study was featured by national and international media outlets.
Scientific American weighs the pros and cons of introducing–and removing–invasive species from ecology. The outlet interviewed Martin Nuñez, a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, who has published several papers warning of perverse incentives to distribute economically valuable species more widely.
UT recently received national recognition for its Master of Fine Arts program in theatre. The Hollywood Reporter ranked the program 20th among the 25 best drama schools for an acting degree.
A recent Netflix hit “13 Reasons Why” has been deemed controversial and raised concerns for safety around the country. WVLT Local 8 Now interviewed Caitlin Clevenger, a doctoral student in UT’s Department of Psychology, who believes the show could increase the risks of suicides.
In August 2014, toxins from algal blooms in Lake Erie shut down the city of Toledo, Ohio’s water supply, leaving half a million residents without potable water for more than two days. A new study co-authored by UT researchers shows that a virus may have been involved in the crisis and suggests methods for more stringent monitoring of water supplies.
Our way of thinking about nostalgia has turned upside down in recent years.
Jennifer Schweitzer, associate professor and associate head in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, recently published a study on tree migration in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution. Findings from the study were mentioned by Mother Nature Network, Climate Wire, and Scientific American.
UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center has been studying the human body and how it decays for decades. A recent discovery could have an immediate impact on court cases across the globe, as reported by WBIR.