Nature, the weekly journal of science, recently featured one of NASA’s current projects, which involves building a rover that it hopes will bring back signs of life from Mars. Harry “Hap” McSween, Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, is a part of the team working on the $2.4 billion project to bring back a rock from Mars, which could take place as early as July 2020.
Professor and head of the Department of Geography Derek Alderman has conducted extensive research on schools named for Martin Luther King Jr. Recently, Alderman was interviewed by Education Week to discuss the naming of schools after the Obamas.
Two professors in the College of Architecture and Design earned a national award for their work with students and community members to develop the Beardsley Farm Education Center, a project of the college’s nationally ranked design/build program.
Ten researchers were given Joint Directed Research Development awards for 2017 as part of the Science Alliance.
UT’s Science Forum resumes at noon Friday, January 27, with weekly presentations about cutting-edge research on a variety of topics, ranging from the truth about GMOs to the recent Gatlinburg fires.
The McClung Museum’s sixth annual Civil War Lecture Series starts Sunday, January 29, with “It Happened in East Tennessee: Longstreet’s Plunge into Independent Command 1863–64,” which will look at the major deployment of the First Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, from a Virginia summer to an East Tennessee winter and the many strategic, tactical, and personnel issues that intervened.
UT’s Jan Simek will appear in the National Geographic series The Story of God with Morgan Freeman on Monday, January 23. The segment will air at 9 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel. In the episode, Simek and Beau Carroll, a UT anthropology graduate student and member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, talk to Freeman about ancient religion.
On Monday, January 16, people gathered across the nation to honor the late Martin Luther King Jr. Columbus Alive featured research by Derek Alderman, head of the Department of Geography, in examining the road it took to make this day a federal holiday.
The Department of History will hold a symposium on the historical nature of the 2016 presidential election from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today.
For three decades—long before the popularity of the CSI television series—the Forensic Anthropology Center has been on the forefront of forensic anthropology, turning out research and training law enforcement to solve crimes and identify the remains of unknown individuals.