Despite what some energy drink ads tout, college students need sleep. Roxanne Hovland, a professor of advertising and public relations who specializes in advertising regulation, talked to The Huffington Post about the ethics of energy drink ads and explained why the Food and Drug Administration can’t regulate these products the way it does other potentially unsafe products like alcohol and tobacco.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail featured research scientist Tim Ezzell in a story about the potential creation of a “dark sky” park in West Virginia. Fairmont State University architecture students have produced a conceptual design for a planned addition to Calhoun County Park, which boasts some of the darkest night skies in the eastern United States. The goal is to help draw stargazers to the site.
The Huffington Post and Psychology Today highlighted Gordon Burghardt‘s research on animal behavior in a story examining how and why dogs play. Burghardt, a UT Alumni Distinguished Service Professor, holds appointments in the Departments of Psychology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
UK Yahoo! News featured the research of Yingkui Li in this story about how temperature rise can wipe out permafrost in Tibetan Plateau.
FactCheck.org highlighted the work of political science associate professor Nathan Kelly in a story examining Senator Rand Paul’s claims about inequality.
The Atlantic City Lab interviewed Derek Alderman for a story examining public spaces and streets named for Martin Luther King Jr. and the contrast between the name that signifies progress and the deplorable economic conditions of the communities.
Smithsonian, the official magazine of the Smithsonian Institution, recently had a prominent spot for UT’s SynDaver “Mabeline” in its story on the rising use of artificial cadavers at medical schools. Unlike most places, Mabeline—so named because of her housing in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering, or MABE—is used in engineering classes.
A recent policy brief about funding transportation from the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy has garnered national attention. Baker Center Director Matt Murray, David Greene, the senior Baker fellow in energy and the environment at the center, and Mark Burton, a research associate professor of economics and the director of economics for the Center for Transportation Research, collaborated on the report.
Tore Olsson, assistant professor of history, spoke with WUOT 91.9 FM about how the Tennessee Valley Authority was used as a model of development across the globe.
The Memphis Daily News profiled the Google Little Box Challenge team from the College of Engineering.