Arts & Sciences News

Pregame Showcase Examines Extraterrestrial Rock in Antarctica November 14


Football fans will be able to learn more about the meteorite presence in Antarctica during UT’s Pregame Showcase at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 14. Devon Burr, associate professor of earth and planetary science, will present “Searching for Extraterrestrial Rocks in Antarctica” before the UT Homecoming game against North Texas.

McClung Museum Hosts Lecture and Guided Meditation

In conjunction with the current exhibit, Embodying Enlightenment: Buddhist Art of the Himalayas, the McClung Museum will host a lecture and a calm abiding meditation session at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 8.

UT-ORNL Study: Calcium-48’s ‘Neutron Skin’ Thinner Than Previously Thought


An international team led by joint UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory faculty used America’s most powerful supercomputer, Titan, to calculate the neutron distribution and related observables of calcium-48, an isotope with an atomic nucleus consisting of twenty protons and twenty-eight neutrons. Computing the nucleus revealed that the difference between the radii of neutron and proton distributions—called the “neutron skin”—is considerably smaller than previously thought.

Choral Student Places Eighth in International Quartet Competition


UT senior Hailey Myatt joined a barbershop music group last year after responding to a Facebook message from three members searching for a bass singer to complete their quartet in St. Louis, Missouri. Last month, her group placed eighth in the world at the Sweet Adelines International Quartet Finals in Las Vegas.

Distinguished Lecturer to Discuss History of Black Capitalism November 9

Juliet Walker, professor of history and founder and director of the Center for Black Business History, Entrepreneurship and Technology at the University of Texas at Austin, will deliver a lecture titled “When Will All Black Economic Lives Matter? After 400 Years, 1619–2019, We Are Still at the Racial Bottom” at 3:30 p.m. in Hodges Library. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In the News: Von Arnim Study on Sleep and Cell Growth Connection

Several outlets featured the research of Albrecht von Arnim, which shows that lack of adequate sleep could short-circuit your system and interfere with a fundamental cellular process that drives physical growth, physiological adaptation, and even brain activity.

In the News: Sumrall Study on 320-Million-Year-Old Animal’s Digestive System Logo

Colin Sumrall co-authored a study about the revelation of a digestive system in a 320-million-year-old animal, which sheds light on the early evolutionary history of starfish and related animals. Several online publications featured the news including Phys.Org and North Carolina-based High Country Press.