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Indian Country Today Features Feller in Series about US Presidents

Indian Country Today interviewed history professor Dan Feller for a story that is part of a series exploring past presidents’ attitudes toward Native Americans, challenges and triumphs regarding tribes, and the federal laws and Indian policies enacted during their terms in office.

Titan Supercomputer Probes Depths of Biofuel’s Biggest Barrier

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Ask a biofuel researcher to name the single greatest technical barrier to cost-effective ethanol, and you’re likely to receive a one-word response: lignin. To better understand exactly how lignin persists, researchers ORNL created one of the largest biomolecular simulations to date using the Titan supercomputer to track and analyze millions of atoms. The research was led by Jeremy Smith, UT Governor’s Chair based in the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology.

News Sentinel interviews Nownes for Story on Presidential Race

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New Hampshire may be ground zero this week in the race for the White House, but in three weeks Tennessee voters will help pick their parties’ nominees for president. The Knoxville News Sentinel interviewed Anthony Nownes, a professor of political science, for a story about the presidential race.

Huffington Post, Other Outlets Highlight LGBT Study

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Patrick Grzanka and Joe Miles’s study on sexual orientation belief continues to garner national and international attention. The Huffington Post and other media outlets have highlighted the research, which suggests that “born this way” beliefs may not be the key to reducing homophobia.

Researcher Urges Caution on Rewilding to Restore Wild Spaces

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Efforts to restore land back to its natural state by reintroducing wild animals have become increasingly popular in recent years. A study co-authored by Dan Simberloff, the Gore-Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, says scientific evidence supporting the potential benefits of this form of restoration is limited at best. The introduction of species into new places is often met with unexpected negative consequences for the environment.