College of Arts and Sciences News

Scholar to Discuss Changing Image of Jesus as Financial Role Model


Long before the rise of the so-called prosperity gospel at home and abroad, mainline Protestantism was filled with images of Jesus as a consumer-friendly champion of industry. A Harvard University scholar will discuss the historical and cultural underpinnings that contributed to this theological world view during a lecture at UT at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 23.

Registration Opens Sunday for Sixty-Sixth Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage


Registration for the sixty-sixth annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage opens at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, February 14. The event is April 19-23 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Each year, more than 700 people from more than thirty-five states and beyond descend on the Great Smoky Mountains to see the forest flowers blooming as vibrant spring migratory birds return to their summer home.

Faculty, Students Travel to India to Work on Theater Production


When the award-winning play Harvest opens in Kochi, India, next month, the credits for set, costume and lighting will go to six Master of Fine Arts students and two faculty members. Marianne Custer, a professor who specializes in costume design, and Kenton Yeager, a professor who specializes in lighting, accompanied six MFA students to India just before winter break. They group will show slides and talk about their project at noon Friday in the Lab Theatre at Clarence Brown Theatre.

Physicist Helped Discover New Elements Recently Added to Periodic Table


A UT physicist has been instrumental in the discovery of four new super-heavy chemical elements—atomic numbers 113, 115, 117, and 118—recently added to the periodic table. Robert Grzywacz, along with collaborators at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, developed the software used in the equipment that detects the new elements and helps analyze data from the experiments.