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Two Students are UT’s First National Geographic Young Explorers

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Two graduate students are traveling the globe for research while making UT history as the university’s first recipients of National Geographic Young Explorers Grants. Yanan (Nancy) Li, a doctoral candidate in geography, and Todd Pierson, a graduate student in ecology and evolutionary biology, are the first UT students to receive the grant which supports students pursuing field projects in research, exploration, and conservation.

Atomic Bombs, World War II Discussed at Today’s Science Forum

A former UT professor will discuss the global events leading up to the Manhattan Project, the research project that produced the first atomic bombs in World War II, at today’s Science Forum. Ted Lundy, retired professor of metallurgy, will speak on “The Manhattan Project: How Did It Begin?” His talk begins at noon in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena.

Today’s Science Forum to Discuss Curiosity Rover, Potential Life on Mars

UT’s annual Science Forum kicks off today with a discussion on how NASA’s Curiosity rover could help determine if life was once sustainable on Mars. The Science Forum is a weekly brown-bag lunch series that allows professors and area scientists to discuss their research with the general public in a conversational presentation.

Five Professors Named Fulbright Scholars

Four UT professors are spanning the globe as Fulbright Scholars this year. The Fulbright Program is a prestigious international exchange initiative that awards about 1,100 grants to American scholars each year.