Arts & Sciences News

KNS Features Inwood, Alderman Op-ed on Diversity

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UT’s Joshua Inwood and Derek Alderman wrote an opinion editorial for the Knoxville News Sentinel about the importance of diverse programs to the success of students beyond their college careers.

NIMBioS: Special Collection Explores Origin and Evolution of Play

An adult Gelada monkey plays with a juvenile. A new special issue of Adaptive Behavior examines the evolution and origin of play via mathematical and computational approaches. Credit: Elisabetta Palagi

Research on the evolution and function of play at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT has culminated in a special issue of the journal Adaptive Behavior. The collection heavily features the research of Gordon Burghardt, who works on many aspects of animal behavior, play behavior, ethical treatment of animals, and zoo animal welfare.

NIMBioS Study Shows Ancestral Relationships of Modern Creationist Legislation

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A new NIMBioS study sheds light on the strategies used by creationists to influence the way biology is taught in the classroom. The study reconstructed the evolutionary history of antievolution efforts in state legislatures to reveal the relationships among lawmaking efforts over the past decade.

Inwood Responds on WATE to Supreme Court Justice’s Affirmative Action Comments

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US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, during a recent hearing about affirmative action, said students of color may be better off at “lesser schools” because many are “pushed ahead too fast.” UT’s Joshua Inwood told WATE-TV Channel 6 that Scalia’s comments may demonstrate how his power relationships and ideas about race inform his jurisprudence and may be outmoded.

Professor’s Book Makes New York Times Top Books of 2015 List

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Margaret Lazarus Dean’s book Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight—which has been chosen as the 2016-17 Life of the Mind book—was named one of the Top Books of 2015 by New York Times book reviewer Michiko Kakutani.

Actress Dale Dickey Urges Grads to ‘Go Out and Make Your Story’

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After leading them in a primal scream to settle nerves and release anxiety, Knoxville-born actress Dale Dickey on Friday urged UT’s newest graduates to “go out and make your story.” Dickey, who attended UT as a theatre major from 1979 to 1984, received an honorary Master of Fine Arts, the highest degree awarded in that discipline, during commencement ceremonies held Friday. It is the tenth honorary degree that UT has awarded. >> Video

News Sentinel Features Darby in Story About Syrian Refugee Photos

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The News Sentinel interviewed Erin Darby for a story about a new exhibit that features the photos of Syrian refugee children taken by a local man. The paper noted that Darby, assistant professor of religious studies, knows firsthand how seeing the faces of refugees can change someone. She often takes her students to Jordan for excavation projects and

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