A Knoxville News Sentinel columnist recently featured Colin Sumrall, assistant professor of paleobiology, and his knowledge of Bohemian waxwing birds.
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences News
Every day, Rachel Kronyak walks around the surface of the planet Mars, examining a rock or getting a closer look at a butte framing the horizon. A doctoral student in geology at UT, Kronyak is among a small set of research scientists worldwide testing the use of an augmented reality headset to see how it can help NASA determine whether Mars could support life.
Bob Hatcher, a professor of geology, spoke with WBIR-TV Channel 10 about small earthquakes that have occurred lately in East Tennessee.
Professor Josh Emery has helped detect water on Psyche, the largest metallic asteroid in the solar system. The asteroid is the target of a proposed NASA mission. The study, published in the Astronomical Journal under the auspices of the US Geological Survey and NASA, provides evidence for water-rich minerals on Psyche, an asteroid that is 186 miles across and is made of almost pure nickel-iron metal.
Bob Hatcher, professor of geology, spoke with WBIR-TV Channel 10 about the potential causes of a giant sinkhole on Alcoa Highway that snarled traffic for hours and created headaches for thousands of drivers.
NewsTalk 98.7 interviewed Joshua Emery about his work with a NASA mission that recently launched to bring an asteroid sample back to Earth. Emery is leading a team that will help analyze the space rock.
The Christian Science Monitor recently interviewed UT’s Joshua Emery for a story examining why dwarf planet Pluto is so icy.
Professor Terry Hazen will present “Methane: The New Paradigm” at Friday’s Science Forum. His talk will be held from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Café, Rooms C-D. His forty-minute presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer discussion. The Science Forum is free and open to the public. Attendees may bring their own
Science Magazine featured an upcoming NASA mission that launches this week to bring an asteroid sample back to Earth that could help scientists better understand the early solar system. The article mentions the role of Harry “Hap” McSween, professor emeritus of planetary geoscience, in this mission.
A recent Travel & Leisure article mentioned UT Earth and Planetary Sciences Adjunct Research Professor Robert Riding’s stance on the uncovering of new fossils. Riding also was featured in a recent interview with The Guardian.