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Registration Opens Sunday for Sixty-Sixth Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage

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Registration for the sixty-sixth annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage opens at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, February 14. The event is April 19-23 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Each year, more than 700 people from more than thirty-five states and beyond descend on the Great Smoky Mountains to see the forest flowers blooming as vibrant spring migratory birds return to their summer home.

Study: Whooping Cranes’ Predatory Behavior Key for Adaptation, Survival

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The whooping crane, with its snowy white plumage and trumpeting call, is one of the most beloved American birds, and one of the most endangered. As captive-raised cranes are re-introduced in Louisiana, they are gaining a new descriptor: natural killer. A new study from a UT researcher suggests Louisiana cranes are faring well thanks in part to their penchant for hunting reptiles and amphibians.

Claxton Rain Garden Completed as Part of Green Infrastructure Project

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The Claxton Rain Garden, a 3,500-square-foot space filled with more than 2,000 plants behind the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, captures and filters polluted stormwater while enhancing the campus landscape. The rain garden was one of several campus projects planned and executed last year through the Green Infrastructure Project.

University Hosting Events to Mark Black History Month

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February is Black History Month, the annual celebration of the achievements of black Americans and their role in US history. UT is celebrating the month with a slate of events across departments. The Clarence Brown Theatre is staging A Lesson Before Dying in conjunction with Knox County Public Library’s The Big Read, and other campus offices are hosting events related to the production.

Maya: Lords of Time Exhibition Opens at McClung Museum January 23

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The McClung Museum will host Maya: Lords of Time, an exhibition investigating the ancient Maya civilization’s fascination with time. The exhibit opens Saturday and runs through May 22. Maya: Lords of Time will explore the time-ordered universe through the Maya’s intricate calendar systems, and investigate how their history and culture followed a rhythm set by the motion of heavenly bodies.

Faculty, Students Travel to India to Work on Theater Production

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When the award-winning play Harvest opens in Kochi, India, next month, the credits for set, costume and lighting will go to six Master of Fine Arts students and two faculty members. Marianne Custer, a professor who specializes in costume design, and Kenton Yeager, a professor who specializes in lighting, accompanied six MFA students to India just before winter break. They group will show slides and talk about their project at noon Friday in the Lab Theatre at Clarence Brown Theatre.

HR Connection: Human Resources Moves Back to Campus

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The staff of the Knoxville campus Human Resources office has moved to 105 Student Services Building in Circle Park, in close proximity to Andy Holt Tower, the Communications Building, and the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture.

Bring Your Favorite Dish to Wild Game Dinner

The UT student chapter of the Wildlife and Fisheries Society is hosting its annual Wild Game Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, February 20, at the Brehm Animal Science Building.

O’Meara Receives NSF CAREER Grant for Research on Species Evolution

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An evolutionary biologist at UT is developing methods that will use information from species alive now, and potentially extinct species, to understand how and why species have changed through time. Brian O’Meara has received a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award for this work. The award is given to promising young faculty members as a

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In Memoriam: Leonard Handler

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Leonard Handler, a longtime professor in the Department of Psychology, passed away February 6. He was 79. Handler came to UT in 1964. He supervised graduate students in the clinical doctoral program.

Mercer is Quest Scholar of the Week

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Associate Dean of Libraries and Director of Newfound Press Holly Mercer is participating in the Leadership Fellows program sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries.