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UT Awarded $1.2 Million for Traffic Safety Project by CDC

The nighttime safety of drivers and passengers on Tennessee’s highways could soon be greatly improved thanks to a new research project through the Center for Transportation Research. The high number of injuries and deaths from traffic incidents prompted agencies such as the World Health Organization and the United Nations to recognize their epidemic proportion.

UT Pregame Showcase Focuses on Methodism and Eighteenth-Century Theater

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Misty Anderson, an English and theatre professor, will be speaking at this week’s Pregame Showcase on “Methodism and Eighteenth-Century Theatre.” This week’s showcase will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 4, two hours before the Vols’ home game against the Florida Gators.

Tooth Serves as Evidence of 220 Million-Year-old Attack

Reconstruction of the interaction of large land predators (rauisuchid) and aquatic predator (phytosaur) about 210 million years ago based on research by a joint team of University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech researchers. Christopher Hayes, a freshman at Virginia Tech, composed the drawing.

At the beginning of the age of dinosaurs, gigantic reptiles—distant relatives of modern crocodiles—ruled the earth. Some lived on land and others in water and it was thought they didn’t much interact. But a tooth found by a UT researcher in the thigh of one of these ancient animals is challenging this belief.

UT Astronaut Arrives at International Space Station

The crew of the International Space Station, including UT alumnus Butch Wilmore (in blue flight suit with U.S. flag) gives an interview to Russian media in this image from NASA.

NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore and his Russian cosmonaut counterparts arrived at the International Space Station early Friday morning in their Soyuz capsule, beginning a six-month stint aboard the station.
Wilmore, who graduated from the University of Tennessee Space Institute with a master’s degree in aviation systems in 1994, will serve as the next commander of the space station, beginning when the current crew returns to earth in early November.

Teenage Obesity, Solutions Addressed at This Week’s Science Forum

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Obesity touches the lives of more than one-third of American children and teenagers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This week’s Science Forum at UT will look at the obesity epidemic among adolescents and one program that’s trying to help. Sarah Colby, assistant professor of nutrition at UT, will speak at noon on Friday, September 26, in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena.