College of Arts and Sciences News

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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Inside HPC Podcast: Supercomputing the Impact of Deepwater Horizon

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The UT National Institute for Computational Sciences’s XSEDE Extended Collaborative Support Service program is powering research on the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster, according to Inside HPC. In a podcast, the media outlet discusses the research lead by Associate Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences Annette Engel. Her team’s work has

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Arts and Sciences Honors Champion for 25 Years of Pregame Showcase

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Twenty-five years ago Lynn Champion, director of communications for the College of Arts and Sciences, founded a lecture series before home football games featuring talks by faculty from the college. From 1989 through 2014, Champion organized and staffed the Pregame Showcase, never missing a lecture.

Civil Rights Pioneer, Professor Emerita Cynthia Fleming Honored

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As a member of the pioneering generation of black women historians at the nation’s historically white colleges and universities, Cynthia Griggs Fleming made a career out of making history. During Black History Month, colleagues of the professor emerita will honor her work at UT as well as the trails she blazed as a civil rights pioneer.

UT names Pride of the Southland Band directors

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UT this week announced permanent leadership for the Pride of the Southland Band. Effective February 1, Don Ryder will begin serving as the director of bands. Mike Stewart has been named associate director of bands. The News Sentinel highlighted this news in a recent story (login required). The Low Country Current also featured this news in this

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Continuing Ed At 30,000 Feet: Virgin America Offers The Great Courses

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A recorded lecture course by History Professor Vejas Liulevicius will be offered as part of Virgin America’s in-flight entertainment, beginning February 1. Liulevicius’s lecture, Becoming a Spy; from the course Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History, is one of thirteen that will be offered from The Great Courses. The free lectures range in topic from cooking tips to

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