Research News

UT Expert: Olympic Infrastructure Investments, Not Venues, Bring Economic Growth

All eyes turn to Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympics this week as athletes compete to take the gold. But what happens to the city and sporting facilities that have been built for the event once everyone returns home? It’s a question Scott Holladay, an assistant professor of economics at UT, has considered. He’s studied the overall impact of the Olympics on a host city’s long-term growth.

Office of Research and Engagement Expand Compliance Efforts

UT researchers will have more help in complying with complex federal requirements that cover everything from treatment of lab animals and surveying human subjects to handling hazardous materials and defense-sensitive information. The Office of Research and Engagement has hired Robert Nobles as assistant vice chancellor fo the responsible conduct of research and research integrity officer.

UT Study Finds Market Forces Influence the Value of Bat-Provided Services

Bats returning to Frio Cave near Conan, Texas, in the early morning. Photo Credit: Amy Russell of Grand Valley State University.

Services provided by Mother Nature, such as pest control from insect-eating bats, are affected by market forces like most anything else in the economy, a UT study finds. Researchers from UT and the University of Arizona, Tucson, studied how forces such as volatile market conditions and technological substitutes affect the value of pest control services provided by Mexican free-tailed bats on cotton production in the United States.

Center for the Study of War and Society Receives Grant, Estate Gift

A federal grant and a gift from a veteran’s estate will help further the work of UT’s Center for the Study of War and Society. The center in partnership with UT Libraries has received a grant of about $19,000 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission toward the cost of digitizing 167 oral histories of World War II veterans from the center’s collection to put them online.

UT Report to the Governor: Economy to See Stronger Growth in 2014 and 2015

After five years of sluggish recovery, the US and Tennessee economies are poised for strong growth in 2014 and 2015 according to the forecast in the 2014 Economic Report to the Governor of the State of Tennessee, released today. The study, prepared by UT’s Center for Business and Economic Research, predicts the course of the state and national economies by examining many fiscal factors and trends.

Historian to Share “Stories from the Secret City”

Ray Smith, historian at the Y-12 National Security Complex, will present “Stories from the Secret City” on Friday, January 31, at the UT Science Forum. The Science Forum is a weekly brown-bag lunch series that allows scientists to discuss their research with the general public in a conversational presentation. The presentation begins at noon in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Attendees can bring lunch or purchase it at the arena.

UT Florida Everglades Research to Help Climate Change Mitigation

The Florida Everglades are a region of tropical wetlands, and home to many rare and endangered plants and a 15,000-year human history. Unfortunately, these species and artifacts are at risk of extinction and erosion due to changing water levels caused by climate change and industrialization. Archaeologists from UT’s Archaeological Research Laboratory are investigating the effect changes in the Everglades’ water levels have had on people, plants, and archaeological and ecological resources in the past and present in order to predict the future.

UT Research Finds Link Between Alcohol Use, Not Pot, and Domestic Violence

Alcohol use is more likely than marijuana use to lead to violence between partners, according to studies done at UT. Research among college students found that men under the influence of alcohol are more likely to perpetrate physical, psychological, or sexual aggression against their partners than men under the influence of marijuana. Women, on the other hand, were more likely to be physically and psychologically aggressive under the influence of alcohol but were also more likely to be psychologically aggressive under the influence of marijuana.

Early Learning Center Hosts Multiple Open Houses this Spring

The UT Early Learning Center for Research and Practice will host open houses this spring for families interested in kindergarten. Families have the opportunity to meet program staff, tour classrooms, and learn about the center’s curriculum and philosophy. The first open house will be from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, at the center’s 1206 White Avenue location. A second will take place on Sunday, February 2.

Literature Center Hosts Acclaimed Local Author

Vawter

Local author Vince Vawter will be at UT on Monday, January 27, to talk about his book Paperboy, which has received praise from Publisher’s Weekly and the Stuttering Foundation of America, among others. The event, at 7:00 p.m. in the College of Communication and Information’s auditorium, is free and open to the public.