February 12 marks the 207th birthday of Charles Darwin, the biologist who shaped the way scientists study life on earth. Students will honor his birthday with Darwin Day, a paleontology-themed celebration beginning Tuesday, February 9.
College of Arts and Sciences News
UT’s study of nuclear engineering and scintillation materials got a significant boost with a research group being named a major player in a $30 million consortium sponsored by the US Department of Energy.
A history professor will explore the effect of Islam on Christian Europeans—and by extension the West in general—during the next “Conversations and Cocktails” talk on Tuesday, February 2.
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.
The music and culture of the Middle East will be featured during the spring semester’s first installment of the Ready for the World Music Series on Sunday, January 24.
A UT physicist has been instrumental in the discovery of four new super-heavy chemical elements—atomic numbers 113, 115, 117, and 118—recently added to the periodic table. Robert Grzywacz, along with collaborators at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, developed the software used in the equipment that detects the new elements and helps analyze data from the experiments.
Undergraduate students can now earn both a bachelor’s degree and law degree in six years, one year less than what is normally required. UT 3+3 is a new accelerated degree program offered by the College of Law and College of Arts and Sciences.
UT’s Humanities Center has announced the upcoming lineup for its annual “Conversations and Cocktails” series, which will begin January 12.
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.
Margaret Lazarus Dean’s book Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight—which has been chosen as the 2016-17 Life of the Mind book—was named one of the Top Books of 2015 by New York Times book reviewer Michiko Kakutani.