Faculty & Staff News

Theriot Named UT’s Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning Innovation

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Associate Professor of Social Work Matthew Theriot, who successfully led the effort to develop UT’s new Experience Learning initiative, has been named associate provost for teaching and learning innovation. He will oversee implementation of Experience Learning and oversee the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center.

Pacelle Provides Analysis for First GOP Debate

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UT’s Richard Pacelle provided analysis for WATE-TV Channel 6 after the first presidential debate of the election season August 6 featuring Republican candidates. Watch the interview here. Pacelle is head of the Department of Political Science and an expert on American politics, constitutional law, civil liberties, and the judicial process.

Science Websites Highlight Sarah Lebeis Research on Plant Microbial Communities

Sarah Lebeis, assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology, has co-authored a paper that gives scientists a glimpse into how defense hormones shape plant health above and below the soil. Several leading science outlets have published stories about the research. They include: IFL Science: Plant Defense Hormones Build Healthy Microbiomes for Roots Science Daily: Unearthing cornerstones in root

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NIMBioS Students Create Tool to Stop Invasive Pests

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Invasive species, from plants like the kudzu vine to animals like the red scale insect that chomps through citrus crops, threaten the health of vital agricultural and natural lands. Three undergraduate students have developed a new tool to help fight these pests. Their work was done with UT faculty mentors during a summer research program at NIMBioS.

National Journal: Confronting Stone Mountain

Derek Alderman, head of the UT Department of Geography, spoke to the National Journal about the Confederate memorial carving on Stone Mountain and other symbols like it, and a proposed movement to add to–rather than remove–controversial monuments. In the article, he describes it as “symbolic accretion,” where one layers memories or messages on top of each other. “We

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