Professor of Materials Sciences Michael Simpson has been appointed the next director of the UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Joint Institute for Biological Sciences.
Gordon Burghardt, Alumni Distinguished Service Professor in the departments of Psychology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, will be talking about the importance of play at this week’s Pregame Showcase prior to Saturday’s football game against the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Amber Roessner, an assistant professor of journalism and electronic media, interviewed former President Jimmy Carter last week at the Carter Center in Atlanta. The interview was for Roessner’s second book, tentatively titled Jimmy Who: Jimmy Carter and the Practice of Presidential Press and Promotion in the First Post-Watergate Election, due to be published by LSU Press in 2017.
Census data users in the state are invited to a free conference hosted by UT on Wednesday, November 19. Registration is open for the conference.
Fish just want to have fun, according to a UT study that finds even fish “play.”
Vehicles carrying hazardous materials are a part of everyday traffic in the modern world, with 1.2 million shipments a day in the United States alone. Most drivers aren’t aware of this—until something goes awry.
Professors from the UT College of Engineering are part of three separate nuclear safety research projects that collectively have been awarded $2.6 million.
The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT will have new leadership beginning in January. Colleen Jonsson, an expert in infectious disease dynamics and molecular virology, has been named the new NIMBioS director. She will begin January 2015.
Recent studies have found that crocodiles and their relatives are highly intelligent animals capable of sophisticated behavior such as advanced parental care, complex communication, and use of tools for hunting.
Over the next five years, Jeffrey Moersch will be traveling to faraway places—from the Arctic to the Chilean desert—in a quest to learn more about a place even farther away—Mars. The earth and planetary sciences professor is part of a new NASA-funded research team helping prepare for the Mars 2020 rover mission. The interdisciplinary team is a member of the NASA Astrobiology Institute and is one of seven to receive a five-year grant of about $8 million.