UT’s celebration of classical music from around the world continues this year with performances featuring Eastern European music on Sunday, January 11. The event will introduce works by legendary eastern European composers for small chamber ensembles.
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Professor Rob Heller is featured in The New York Times for his photography class, which has turned into a twenty-two-year project documenting the town of LaFollette, Tennessee. There wasn’t much of a photography program when Heller arrived at the university. A few of his students became professional photographers, but he worked hard to teach them how to see and tell stories.
The UT Humanities Center is extending the campus classroom to the Orangery. In partnership with the Knoxville restaurant, the center is launching a series called “Conversations and Cocktails” starting in January.
Diamonds are beautiful and enigmatic. Though chemical reactions that create the highly coveted sparkles still remain a mystery, a professor at UT is studying a rare rock covered in diamonds that may hold clues to the gem’s origins.
The Knoxville News Sentinel featured the work of Barry Bruce, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology, who traveled to India to teach Tibetan monks biology. In 2001, the Dalai Lama’s office along with the Sager Family Foundation and the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives founded the Science for Monks program,
LiveScience and the Knoxville News Sentinel featured findings by Earth and Planetary Science Professor Larry Taylor. Taylor studied a rock that contained 30,000 tiny diamonds and shades of red and green. According to Taylor, the astonishing amount of diamonds, and the rock’s unusual Christmas coloring, will provide important clues to Earth’s geologic history as well
Thomas Papenbrock, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society, the leading organization of physicists.
The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s Trajectory magazine featured Katie Corcoran, a doctoral student in anthropology. Corcoran is a 2014 USGIF scholarship recipient. The funding supports her project that aims to develop a model for the detection of human burials resulting from international war crimes and conflicts. To read the story, Trajectory‘s website.
Throughout his career, Edward O. Wilson has discovered more than 450 ant species and is now regarded as the founder of sociobiology. Today, UT awarded him the Honorary Doctor of Science and Letters degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from the College of Arts and Sciences during the fall commencement ceremony. This is the eighth honorary degree the university has granted.
After graduating from UT on Saturday, Olivia Bradley will fly 7,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean and drive six hours through Uganda to start her career in a small East African town.