The university took a big step forward Thursday by breaking ground on the Mossman Building, a state-of-the-art laboratory and classroom facility scheduled to open by fall 2018. The building is named for the late Ken and Blaire Mossman, who also provided UT with an estate gift that established the Mossman Lecture Series. Last night’s inaugural Mossman Distinguished Lecture featuring Bill Nye the Science Guy drew more than 8,000 people, many of them UT students.
With daylight saving time set for Sunday morning, UT experts are encouraging people to take advantage of the extra hour. Daylight saving time ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 1. Winding back clocks by one hour results in an extra hour of the day.
The Society of Physics Students will be dropping frozen pumpkins from a height of 80 feet at 4:30 p.m. Friday, October 30, near the Humanities and Social Sciences building, between McClung Plaza and Volunteer Drive.
The revelation of a digestive system in a 320-million-year-old animal sheds light on the early evolutionary history of starfish and related animals, according to a new study co-authored by a UT researcher.
UT will break ground on the new Mossman Building at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 29, at the construction site on the corner of Cumberland Avenue and 13th Street.
Jeff Kovac, professor of chemistry, has been elected as a senator in the nation’s oldest academic honor society. He was one of thirteen senators elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society this month. The society was founded December 5, 1776. Senators serve as directors who set the course for the society’s future and guide the society on policy matters that are carried out by the national office.
The UT Symphony Orchestra will present the academic premiere of Knoxville: Summer of 2015, a musical sequel to Samuel Barber’s famous Knoxville: Summer of 1915, on October 30 at the Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville. Several media outlets spoke to composer Ellen Reid about the project.
Gwyn Davies, an expert on Roman siege warfare, will discuss the Roman fort of Yotvata during a lecture on Tuesday, October 27. Davies, an associate professor of history at Florida International University, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the McClung Museum.
Want to find the ghosts on campus? Want to exercise certain muscles in your body? Want safety tips for walking alone at night? There will soon be apps for that, thanks to UT students participating this weekend in a worldwide event called the ARIS Global Game Jam 2015.
Being taught by one’s parents may not always be a good thing—at least if you’re a whooping crane. A new UT study shows that animals deprived of normal parental care may be better suited to survive in new environments.