College of Arts and Sciences News

Expert: Supreme Court Nominee Could Decide Nation’s Course on Immigration, Free Speech, LGBT Rights

Senate hearings for Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the US Supreme Court are under way in Washington, DC, this week. If appointed, he would have a hand in interpreting the Constitution and thus shaping the nation’s laws relating to primary issues including immigration and deportation; presidential power; free speech; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, said Richard Pacelle, head of UT’s Department of Political Science.

Department Develops Successful New Themed Advanced English Course

Students looking for a greater challenge in their English courses can now enroll in an advanced writing-intensive course being offered by the Department of English. English 290, an optional course for students who earned an AP score of 4 or 5 and thus received credit for English 101, offers a head-start in the skills students will be using in their more advanced courses.

Historian Recaps Trump’s Speech at the Hermitage

President Donald Trump visited The Hermitage Wednesday on the 250th anniversary of Andrew Jackson’s birth to lay a wreath at his grave. UT history professor Daniel Feller stood 50 feet from him as he delivered a speech from the home’s front porch.

Women in STEM Symposium Provides Students a Chance to Shine

The Women in STEM Research Symposium returns to UT on March 21, bringing together students, faculty, and researchers for a day recognizing and strengthening the role of women in science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

NIMBioS Study: Power of Shared Pain Triggers Extreme Self-Sacrifice

The extreme self-sacrificial behavior found in suicide bombers and soldiers presents an evolutionary puzzle: how can a trait that calls for an individual to make the ultimate sacrifice, especially in defense of a group of non-family members, persist over evolutionary time?