In just a few days, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will conduct a flyby of Pluto, giving humankind its first-ever up-close look of the dwarf planet and its five moons.
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences News
A UT professor who is an authority on the impacts of acid drainage and sulfide oxidation has been named a fellow of the Geological Society of America.
Fans of the Jurassic Park movies are counting down the days until the June 12 release of the latest dinosaur flick, Jurassic World. UT Professor Stephanie Drumheller-Horton, a vertebrate paleontologist based in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, is writing a seven-part series for online publication Red Orbit highlighting the dinosaurs featured in the new movie. Part
Faculty member Andrew Steen will travel to Pennsylvania this month to continue a research project that allows inner-city New Jersey teens to experience hands-on science.
UT faculty member Andrew Steen will travel to Pennsylvania this month to continue a research project that allows inner-city New Jersey teens to experience hands-on science. This is the third year of the project, which started when Steen learned from a friend—Patrick Murray, a teacher at Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark, New Jersey—about
A leading center at UT will soon have a new director: accomplished faculty member Terry Hazen is taking the helm at the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment.
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
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.
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
Several media outlets including the LA Times and Motherboard featured the work of Earth and Planetary Sciences Associate Professor Devon Burr and her colleagues. Research led by Burr solves a puzzle on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. It shows that winds on Titan must blow faster than previously thought to move sand. The discovery may explain