Faculty & Staff News

$200 Million Signs of Growth: Tickle College of Engineering Expands Campaign

The Tickle College of Engineering is extending the goal of its fundraising campaign to $200 million, just 18 months after announcing a now-surpassed initial goal of $150 million. The effort is part of UT’s Join the Journey campaign, which aims to raise funds for improvements in all areas of the university by the end of 2020.

The Evolution Institute: Burghardt Discusses Niche Construction

The Evolution Institute recently featured a conversation between Gordon Burghardt and  scientist Kevin Laland on the topic of niche construction–the process through which an organism alters its own or another species’ environment, rather than one being passively shaped by the other. Read the interview online. Burghardt is an Alumni Distinguished Service Professor, holds appointments in the

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Reader’s Digest: Freeberg Sets Record Straight on Edison

Reader’s Digest recently featured Ernest Freeberg, head of the Department of History, in an article titled “18 History Lessons Your Teacher Lied to You About.” In this article, Reader’s Digest sets the record straight for many misconceptions that are relayed to students as they grow up. One of these common misconceptions is that Thomas Edison invented the

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Reed Leads Discussion on Cherokee Heritage

Julie Reed, an assistant professor in the Department of History, recently led a discussion at the Cherokee National Prison Museum, as reported by Tahlequah Daily Press. Reed is a Cherokee Nation citizen. The discussion came shortly after the Cherokee National Prison in Tahlequa opened an exhibit called “The Pardoned.” The exhibit, which opened on June 16 and will

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WUOT — Dialogue: Suicide in Tennessee

WUOT 91.9 FM recently interviewed Leticia Flores, director of the UT Psychological Clinic, and Caitlin Clevenger, a doctoral student in clinical psychology, for a discussion called Dialogue: Suicide in Tennessee. They were joined by other mental health professionals in the area to discuss the recent spotlight that has been placed on mental health and suicide

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Chicago Sun Times: Harjo Follows Native American Roots

Joy Harjo, professor and chair of excellence in the Department of English, is the recipient of the 2017 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize–the prestigious award that honors a living U.S. poet for outstanding lifetime achievement. The Chicago Sun Times featured Harjo and praised her for following her Native American roots. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Harjo, 66,

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Michigan Outlets Feature Study on Toledo Water Crisis

Public officials and scientists need a different way to monitor toxins from algae blooms so they can be detected quicker and before they spread through the water supply, according to a new UT study about the 2014 Toledo crisis that affected Monroe County.  Steven Wilhelm, professor in the Department of Microbiology, has been studying Lake Erie

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