College of Arts and Sciences News

Rethinking the Speed of Sound

The speed of sound might just be faster than originally thought, and Assistant Professor of Physics Andrew Steiner has revisited this boundary in “Sound velocity bound and neutron stars,” published in Physical Review Letters.

Part Asian-American, All Jewish?

The journal of which Dan Magilow, associate professor of modern and foreign languages and literatures, is managing editor was referenced in an NPR story. The story is about Jewish intermarriage. The journal,  Journal of Jewish Identities, recently published a special issue on this topic. To listen to the story, visit NPR’s website.

The Fun Lovin’ CROCODILES: Deadly reptiles play, give each other piggy backs, surf and like pink flowers

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The Daily Mail and National Geographic featured research by Vladimir Dinets, a research assistant professor in psychology, who has studied crocodiles for a decade. While doing so, he has observed the animals engaging in play-like behavior. Further research has revealed a softer side of the intimidating creatures—one that includes romping around with river otters and

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Registration Opens Saturday for the Sixty-Fifth Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage

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Registration for the 65th annual Wildflower Pilgrimage begins Saturday, February 14. Each year, more than 700 people from more than thirty-five states and beyond descend on the Great Smoky Mountains as spring flora color the forest with flowers and vibrant spring migratory birds return to their summer home.

UT Study: Crocodiles Just Wanna Have Fun, Too

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Turns out we may have more in common with crocodiles than we’d ever dream. According to research by a UT psychology professor, crocodiles think surfing waves, playing ball, and going on piggyback rides are fun, too.

Bloomberg View: Why the Crusades Still Matter

A book by Jay Rubenstein, Alvin and Sally Beaman Professor of History, was interviewed by Bloomberg View about his book that covers the First Crusade. The article said the book, entitled Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse, has topical importance since some have criticized U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent prayer-breakfast

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Why are so many Americans in prison?

A paper by Maria Bordt, a graduate student in sociology, has been mentioned on the website, www.bookforum.com. The site, which is “a showcase for rigorous and elegant writing,” investigated why so many Americans are in prison and collected academic papers and other resources on the topic. Bordt’s paper, “Selt-Sustaining Capitalism: The Prison Industrial Complex, Alienation,

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