Faculty & Staff News

UT Education Faculty: Let Kids Choose What They Want to Read This Summer

With summer break officially under way, kids have plenty of time to read. And when it comes to kids’ summer reading selections, experts say anything from classic stories to graphic novels to comic books makes the grade. “Let kids choose what they want to read,” says Anne McGill-Franzen, professor of education. “It’s okay to utilize

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UT Legendary Marching Band Director WJ Julian Passes Away

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WJ Julian, one of the most innovative leaders of the UT Pride of the Southland Band, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon surrounded by his family. He was ninety-two. Julian led the band for more than thirty years. He was dedicated to a standard of excellence that became a trademark of the band during numerous presidential inaugurations and bowl game appearances. The band’s performance has become legendary in Knoxville and throughout the world of college football.

Professor Publishes First Book on Emerging Pathogen Ranavirus

Thousands of dead wood frog tadpoles associated with a ranavirus die-off in Maine (photo credit, Nathaniel Wheelwright)

A genus of emerging pathogens Ranavirus is thought to be the potential new culprit causing the decline and extinction of amphibians around the world. A new book by a UT professor provides insight on the viruses and guidance on urgent research directions to address them.

Faculty Member Continues Research Project with New Jersey Youth

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UT faculty member Andrew Steen will travel to Pennsylvania this month to continue a research project that allows inner-city New Jersey teens to experience hands-on science. This is the third year of the project, which started when Steen learned from a friend—Patrick Murray, a teacher at Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark, New Jersey—about

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