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From Pokémon Go to Birdwatching: UT Scientist Studies How We Express Our Inner Hunter


Interested in birding or wildlife photography? Enjoy playing Pokémon Go and catching imaginary creatures? If so, you may simply be expressing your inner hunter. So says a new study from Vladimir Dinets, a research assistant professor of psychology at UT. Dinets used himself as a case study to demonstrate that at least some humans do have a hunting instinct—or, more precisely, an innate interest in finding and catching prey.

Student Travels to Three Continents to Study Architecture and Cultural Identity

Catherine Dozier, a third-year graduate student in UT's College of Architecture and Design.

Catherine Dozier, a graduate student in the College of Architecture and Design, traveled the world this summer to study the importance of cultural identity and analyze the ways in which it affects the design of public architecture. Her travels were made possible by the Aydelott Travel Award, an endowed scholarship by the late architect Alfred Aydelott and his wife, Hope.

UT Joins I-Corps South to Expand Entrepreneurial Training

UT will receive grant funding to teach technology entrepreneurship, perform research, and foster innovation through the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program. A public-private partnership, I-Corps was created in 2011 to train researchers to evaluate the commercial potential of their scientific discoveries.

Baker Center Report: Consumers Benefit from Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

David Greene, senior fellow at UT's Baker Center.

Consumers at all income levels have benefited from improvements that have made vehicles more fuel efficient. That’s the finding of a study recently published by David Greene, a senior fellow at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, and Jilleah Welch, Baker Center research associate.

Professor Develops App for Patients Who Can’t Speak

Speak For Myself app home screen

Patients who are unable to communicate with their health care providers are now able to better verbalize their needs, thanks to a new app developed by Rebecca Koszalinski, an assistant professor of nursing at UT.

NSF’s Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation Seeks Input

The National Science Foundation invites researchers to submit suggestions for topic ideas for the 2018 EFRI program solicitation. This opportunity arises every other year and drives the focus of research supported by the Emerging Frontiers in Research Innovation program for over a two-year period. NSF seeks forward-looking views and opportunities in emerging frontiers of research and

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Baker Center Paper: Better Accounting Will Help Reduce Carbon Emissions

Jacob LaRiviere, Baker Center Fellow at UT and senior researcher at Microsoft.

Jacob LaRiviere, a Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy Fellow and adjunct professor at UT, and senior researcher at Microsoft, has released a policy brief on reducing carbon emissions through the use of a better accounting method that quantifies the impacts of renewable energy produced in different locations on the power grid. Society’s

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Recent Graduate Recognized in ‘Junior Nobel Prize’ Competition

A recent UT graduate has been recognized as a highly commended entrant by the Undergraduate Awards program—dubbed the “junior Nobel Prize”—for his paper in the philosophy category. Duncan Cordry, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the University of New Mexico, has been honored for his paper on whether people have free will and, in particular, what conditions they must meet in order to act freely.