College of Arts and Sciences News

UT to Host Jazz Festival for Area Middle, High School Bands February 22

East Tennessee middle and high school band students can sharpen their music skills and learn from top jazz professionals at UT’s first annual Jazz Festival on Saturday, February 22. Participating bands will have the opportunity to perform before clinicians who will then provide feedback to the students. Guest clinicians are members of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and the UT jazz faculty.

Study Finds Crocodiles Climb Trees

An American alligator perches on a tree branch in Pearl River Delta, Mississippi. Photo credit: Kristine Gingras with permission.

When most people envision crocodiles, they think of them waddling on the ground or wading in water—not climbing trees. However, a UT study has found that the reptiles can climb trees as far as the crowns. Vladimir Dinets, a research assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, is the first to thoroughly study the tree-climbing and -basking behavior.

NOvA experiment sees first long-distance neutrinos

Scientists, including a group of UT faculty and students, on the world’s longest-distance neutrino experiment have announced that they have seen their first neutrinos. Neutrinos are abundant in nature, but they very rarely interact with other matter. Studying them could yield crucial information about the early moments of the universe.

Department of Philosophy Hosts High School Ethics Bowl

Fifteen teams from twelve East Tennessee high schools will compete at the fifth annual Tennessee High School Ethics Bowl on Saturday, February 8. The day-long competition is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Knoxville Hotel in Downtown Knoxville. The opening remarks begin at 10:30 a.m., and the closing ceremony is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

UT Study Finds Market Forces Influence the Value of Bat-Provided Services

Bats returning to Frio Cave near Conan, Texas, in the early morning. Photo Credit: Amy Russell of Grand Valley State University.

Services provided by Mother Nature, such as pest control from insect-eating bats, are affected by market forces like most anything else in the economy, a UT study finds. Researchers from UT and the University of Arizona, Tucson, studied how forces such as volatile market conditions and technological substitutes affect the value of pest control services provided by Mexican free-tailed bats on cotton production in the United States.

UT to Host National Music Conference February 13 through 15

Music educators, scholars, students, composers, and professionals from around the nation will converge on UT this month to hone their craft, share best practices, and enjoy concerts by internationally renowned performers. The February 13-15 conference will include a keynote address by famous jazz trumpeter Doc Severinsen, the longtime band leader of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

UT Florida Everglades Research to Help Climate Change Mitigation

The Florida Everglades are a region of tropical wetlands, and home to many rare and endangered plants and a 15,000-year human history. Unfortunately, these species and artifacts are at risk of extinction and erosion due to changing water levels caused by climate change and industrialization. Archaeologists from UT’s Archaeological Research Laboratory are investigating the effect changes in the Everglades’ water levels have had on people, plants, and archaeological and ecological resources in the past and present in order to predict the future.