The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture has received a gift of almost 200 rare maps of Europe and other parts of the world created between the 1500s and 1800s. The large gift came from private donors. The News Sentinel recently published a story about the maps. Read it here. (login required) Other media outlets also
A BBC News crew came to Tennessee last week to look a the state’s emerging role in new advanced manufacturing techniques in the wake of the January announcement by the White House that UT would lead a new $259 million initiative known as IACMI, the the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation. Under a pair of
NBC Nightly News featured Tyler Summitt in a segment on February 15.
The Washington Post interviewed Derek Alderman for an article about a plantation in Virginia. The story talked with Alderman, head of the university’s geography department, about his research into how the representation of Southern slavery at tourism sites is changing. The research is using plantations to understand ongoing debates about race relations, racism, and white
Jeffrey Becker, professor and department head of microbiology and a Chancellor’s Professor, is the first recipient of the newly established David and Sandra White Faculty Award in Microbiology.
The journal of which Dan Magilow, associate professor of modern and foreign languages and literatures, is managing editor was referenced in an NPR story. The story is about Jewish intermarriage. The journal, Journal of Jewish Identities, recently published a special issue on this topic. To listen to the story, visit NPR’s website.
The Daily Mail and National Geographic featured research by Vladimir Dinets, a research assistant professor in psychology, who has studied crocodiles for a decade. While doing so, he has observed the animals engaging in play-like behavior. Further research has revealed a softer side of the intimidating creatures—one that includes romping around with river otters and
A book by Jay Rubenstein, Alvin and Sally Beaman Professor of History, was interviewed by Bloomberg View about his book that covers the First Crusade. The article said the book, entitled Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse, has topical importance since some have criticized U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent prayer-breakfast
A paper by Maria Bordt, a graduate student in sociology, has been mentioned on the website, www.bookforum.com. The site, which is “a showcase for rigorous and elegant writing,” investigated why so many Americans are in prison and collected academic papers and other resources on the topic. Bordt’s paper, “Selt-Sustaining Capitalism: The Prison Industrial Complex, Alienation,
Engadget spoke to UT alumnus and current professor Mark Dean about computing, his role as a pioneer in the PC revolution with IBM, and about overcoming racism.