Arts & Sciences News

UT’s Papers of Andrew Jackson Publishes New Volume, Partners with Library of Congress

The year 1832 was pivotal in Andrew Jackson’s presidency. He defeated Henry Clay to secure a second term and launched the policies that came to define his administration and his legacy. These moments are among many captured in the latest volume of The Papers of Andrew Jackson, a UT project dedicated to transcribing and publishing the president’s entire written record.

‘Doctor Bugs’ of the Smithsonian to Speak at UT October 11


A noted entomologist, nature photographer and explorer will speak at UT on Tuesday, October 11. Mark Moffett, also known as Doctor Bugs, will present a lecture exploring the connection between social identity and the evolution of societies. He is a research associate in entomology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.

New UT-Based National Institute Explores Evaluation Science

A new national institute has been established at UT to provide independent evaluations of research and education programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The institute also will generate new knowledge about the ways in which integrated STEM programs function successfully.

UT Art Professor is Leukemia-Lymphoma Society’s Top Fundraiser for Knoxville

Joshua Bienko

Joshua Bienko, assistant professor in the School of Art, was recently named Man of the Year for being the top fundraiser for the Knoxville Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He was honored for bringing in $17,048 of the $142,760 the local chapter raised during its recent 10-week campaign.

Five Professors Named Fulbright Scholars for 2016–17 Academic Year

Four UT professors are serving as Fulbright Scholars this academic year—Micah Beck, Sarah Eldridge, Krista Wiegand, and Songning Zhang. Funded by the US government, Fulbright Scholars are chosen based on their leadership and their abilities to teach, conduct research and contribute to solutions for shared international concerns.

From Pokémon Go to Birdwatching: UT Scientist Studies How We Express Our Inner Hunter


Interested in birding or wildlife photography? Enjoy playing Pokémon Go and catching imaginary creatures? If so, you may simply be expressing your inner hunter. So says a new study from Vladimir Dinets, a research assistant professor of psychology at UT. Dinets used himself as a case study to demonstrate that at least some humans do have a hunting instinct—or, more precisely, an innate interest in finding and catching prey.

Scholar on Islamic Feminism to Present Third UT Siddiqi Lecture October 25

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An Indiana University professor will address feminism in Islamic societies during a lecture Tuesday, October 25. Asma Afsaruddin will give the third Siddiqi Lecture in Islamic Studies at 5:30 p.m. in the Cox Auditorium of the Alumni Memorial Building. It is free and open to the public.