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.
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.
Alan Viard, a nationally recognized economist and resident scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, will be the guest speaker at the Knoxville Economics Forum Friday, October 28. His speech, “The Business Tax Reform Debate: The 2016 Election and Beyond,” will address business tax reform as it relates to the 2016 election. Reservations are being accepted now for the event, which is sponsored by the Department of Economics in the Haslam College of Business.
UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has added 14 new Baker Scholars to its program, bringing the total number to 30. “This select group of students have an academic and career interest in public policy and government,” said Nissa Dahlin-Brown, associate director of the Baker Center. “It is a unique experience for undergraduates to be able to target an issue they are passionate about; research it; and discover ideas, solutions, and unintended consequences.”
Keller Easterling, architect, writer, and professor of architecture at Yale University, will lecture at the College of Architecture and Design at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, October 27, as part of its 2016–2017 Robert B. Church Memorial Lecture Series. The lecture will take place in McCarty Auditorium (Room 109) in the Art and Architecture Building. The event is free and open to the public.
Russia, abortion, disrespect for women, and allegations of a rigged election generated the most chatter Wednesday night during the final debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Those are among the findings of The Political Social Media Research Group, composed of students in a School of Journalism and Electronic Media political communication seminar.
The Society of Physics Students will host its second annual pumpkin drop on Friday, October 28. The event will begin at 4 p.m. on McClung Plaza beside the Humanities and Social Sciences Building with student organization booths and hands-on science demonstrations.
UT is among the top green institutions in the nation, according to the Princeton Review’s Guide to 361 Green Colleges: 2016 Edition list. The list was determined based upon a comprehensive assessment of more than 2,000 colleges. The publication notes that UT is a school with an “overall commitment to sustainability.”