The letters of James K. Polk offer a glimpse into the proceedings of one of the most significant yet least-known US presidents, during whose term the country increased in geographical size by one-third. The public can now access thirty years of Polk’s writings due to the online publication of all twelve volumes of the Correspondence of James K. Polk series.
While tremendous progress has been made in eliminating malaria worldwide, about 3.2 billion people—nearly half the world’s population—are still at risk of the disease, according to the World Health Organization. A study from NIMBioS develops new methods to detect critical transitions in infectious disease epidemics, such as malaria.
In recent years, the argument that sexual orientation is innate has become a principal component of the advocacy for the rights of sexual minorities. That belief may not be the most effective way to promote more positive attitudes toward lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, according to new research from UT.
The Applied Physiology Laboratory is conducting a study to help determine the effects of television viewing during exercise, and is looking for participants.
Developed in collaboration between UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Joint Directed Research and Development program nurtures collaborative research from the two institutions. The program recently announced the selection of twelve UT faculty researchers to benefit from its current cycle of funding.
Phones, tablets, computers, and even televisions use touchscreen technology, which relies on substances that contain rare and costly elements. Now, thanks to a breakthrough led by UT’s College of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, that problem could soon be in the past.
Research on the evolution and function of play at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT has culminated in a special issue of the journal Adaptive Behavior. The collection heavily features the research of Gordon Burghardt, who works on many aspects of animal behavior, play behavior, ethical treatment of animals, and zoo animal welfare.
A new NIMBioS study sheds light on the strategies used by creationists to influence the way biology is taught in the classroom. The study reconstructed the evolutionary history of antievolution efforts in state legislatures to reveal the relationships among lawmaking efforts over the past decade.
On April 15, 2013, a pair of homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding 264 others. Numerous photographs and videos taken by bystanders and security cameras were analyzed following the attack to find isolated images of the perpetrators. But what if those same cameras could have helped prevent the tragedy? That is the motivation behind Hairong Qi’s research. “Being able to build smart sensors that can not only acquire data but also automatically detect things and predict their intent is one of our goals,” said Qi, professor of electrical engineering and computer science.
Tom Zawodzinski, joint UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Electrical Energy Conversion and Storage, has earned one of the highest honors in his field—being named a fellow of the American Chemical Society’s Polymer Science Division.