Research News

Underrepresented Junior Faculty Recognized at ORNL Event

UT faculty members were recognized at an Oak Ridge National Laboratory event Thursday. The researchers are four participants in the UT-ORNL Collaborative Cohort Program. Under the new UT-ORNL Science Alliance program, underrepresented UT-Knoxville junior faculty will collaborate with ORNL early career scientists.

Information Sciences Professor Dania Bilal Receives Google Research Award

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Dania Bilal, a professor of information sciences, has received a Google Research Award to further her work on how children read and assess the readability of Google’s search results pages. One of the goals of this research is to modify Google’s Reading Level measure. Bilal will receive $41,363 from Google.

Pregame Showcase Marks Twenty-Fifth Year with Diverse Topics, Noted Faculty

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It’s football time in Tennessee, and that means a new Pregame Showcase lineup. Now in its twenty-fifth season, the Pregame Showcase gives fans the chance to hear from esteemed faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences prior to each gridiron matchup. This year’s first showcase will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 31, before the Vols face the Utah State Aggies.

Professor’s Civil War Book Wins Critics Choice Award

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The Civil War changed a lot in America. Hundreds of thousands died. Millions of slaves were freed. And the country’s higher education system was transformed. A book by a UT history professor—which explores how the war reshaped colleges—is being honored with a prestigious book award.

The ABCs of Animal Speech: Not So Random After All

The calls of many animals, from whales to wolves, might contain more language-like structure than previously thought, according to a study that raises new questions about the evolutionary origins of human language.

UT Research Uncovers Subglacial Life Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet

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UT research finds life can persist in a cold, dark world. A UT microbiology assistant professor was part of a team that examined waters and sediments from a shallow lake deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheet and found the extreme environment supports microbial ecosystems.