Astronaut Randy “Komrade” Bresnik flew to the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket today, the latest chapter in UT’s 35-year track record with NASA flight missions. Bresnick earned his master’s degree in aviation systems from UT Knoxville through the UT Space Institute program in 2002. He is the 10th alumnus to complete a NASA mission in space.
Do very-preterm or very-low-weight babies develop anxiety and mood disorders later in life? Julia Jaekel, assistant professor of child and family studies at UT, and Dieter Wolke, professor of psychology at the University of Warwick, co-authored a study to answer this question.
Louis J. Gross has been named a Fellow in the inaugural class of Fellows of the Society for Mathematical Biology. A distinguished UT professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and mathematics, Gross is also the founding and current director of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) and director of UT’s Institute for Environmental Modeling.
Chris Cherry discussed the challenges a town in Mexico faces in implementing an e-bike program.
UT Vice Chancellor of Research and Engagement Taylor Eighmy has announced plans to leave UT on August 31 to become president of the University of Texas at San Antonio, whose board approved the hire Tuesday.
The Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday is July 28-30, and the VolTech store on campus will have its in-store event on Friday, July 28. Tax-free sales will continue online on July 29-30.
Carol Miller-Schaefer is the new director of the UT VolShop. She began work July 1.
UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will host All That Glitters, a Gilded Age–themed party, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 17.
Eric Lukosi discussed a novel idea to tracking radioactive materials with ScienceNews.
Krista Wiegand, director of the Global Security–Conflict Processes program at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and associate professor of political science, spent the past five months as a Fulbright senior scholar in the Philippines. Wiegand was one of five UT faculty members awarded a Fulbright during the 2016–17 academic year.