College of Arts and Sciences News

Pregame Showcase Lecture Series Takes a Time-Out

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The Pregame Showcase—the popular faculty lectures held on campus two hours before each home football game—will be on hiatus until Phase II of the new Student Union construction is completed.

T is for Texas, D is for Dino: UT Professor Part of Dallas Dinosaur Dig

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Stephanie Drumheller-Horton, an assistant adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, is a member of a team of paleontologists working to uncover a treasure trove of fossils from the Age of Dinosaurs in a seemingly unlikely place: the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

Happy Father’s Day: Charles O. Jackson Created a Lasting Legacy at UT

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Sunday is Father’s Day, and to celebrate we asked you to share your UT Dad stories with us. Holly Jackson-Sullivan, director of development for humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences, shares the story of her late father, Charles O. Jackson, who helped shape several aspects of the current College of Arts and Sciences and for whom a lecture series and graduate fellowship is named.

Tennessee Gets a Place at the Table with Newest Element: Tennessine

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One of the newest members of the periodic table will likely have a familiar sound to it, even if the spelling might be a bit off: Tennessine. Proposed as a nod to researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Vanderbilt University, and UT who helped confirm its existence, element 117 would be only the second to be named for a state. Since the name Tennessee has its origins in the name of the Cherokee village of Tanasi, it also becomes the first element with Native American roots.

Erin Elizabeth Smith Named Writer-in-Residence

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Erin Elizabeth Smith, poet, professor, and creative director for Sundress Academy for the Arts at Firefly Farms, will serve as the Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at UT for the 2016-17 academic year.