Professor Josh Emery has helped detect water on Psyche, the largest metallic asteroid in the solar system. The asteroid is the target of a proposed NASA mission. The study, published in the Astronomical Journal under the auspices of the US Geological Survey and NASA, provides evidence for water-rich minerals on Psyche, an asteroid that is 186 miles across and is made of almost pure nickel-iron metal.
In accordance with a new Tennessee law, Public Chapter 1066, UT has reallocated approximately $436,000 in the university’s 2016–17 fiscal year budget for scholarships to be awarded through a new minority engineering scholarship program.
On-campus interviews with candidates in the search for the next chancellor to lead the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will begin November 2. Candidate 1 will lead a public forum for faculty and staff from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 2 at the Law School Complex, Room 132.
Department of Physics faculty members Sowjanya Gollapinni and Yuri Efremenko will be hosting an “Ask a Physicist” Facebook Live question and answer session at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 2, on the UT Knoxville Facebook account. Their Facebook Live session is titled “The Ghostly Neutrinos.”
Former NASA astrophysics director and UT alumnus Frank Martin will deliver a keynote address about team building at the UT Teaching and Learning Innovation Symposium on Wednesday, November 2. The symposium and Martin’s visit are sponsored by the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center, Experience Learning, and UT Libraries. Martin’s talk, “Team Building and the NASA
Kim Trent, a Knoxville preservationist and director of Knox Heritage, will give a talk on historic preservation in Knoxville at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 6, at McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture.
UT researchers have identified a set of bacterial genes that may help them find ways to lessen the severity of the disease malaria. Their findings could also aid the research of fellow scientists working in malaria-stricken regions around the world.
Five faculty and staff members shared the impact of UT’s work on various communities during a national conference in Omaha, Nebraska, earlier this month. The university also received a national award that recognized a project designed to improve the wellness and disaster readiness of an Appalachian community in Clay County, Kentucky.
The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture has launched a new online collections search tool as part of its newly redesigned website. The online search capability was launched with 1,270 objects from featured collections, including the museum’s map collection, Roman objects, art works on paper, and selected historic photographs.
Knoxville journalist and historian Jack Neely will give the talk “Subterranean Knoxville: The Buried Narrative of a Distracted City” at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 30, at the McClung Museum. The lecture, which is part of programming related to current special exhibition Knoxville Unearthed: Archaeology in the Heart of the Valley, is free and open to the public.