Department of Geography News

WBIR Covers UT Weather Balloon Launch

Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in September launched a weather balloon from campus in conjunction with two UT geography classes. WBIR-TV Channel 10 covered the launch in this story. The activity demonstrated how students collect upper air data, which will increase their understanding of upper atmosphere such as temperature, moisture and wind

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Chronicle of Higher Ed Quotes Alderman Work on Public Memory and Slavery

The Chronicle of Higher Education featured a story in which a researcher doggedly maps forgotten corners of slave history, including Detroit’s role in the Underground Railroad and its past in which many Detroiters held many people in bondage between the mid-1700s and early 1800s. The story highlights the scholarship of Derek Alderman, UT professor of geography, about public memory relating to how those slave tales are told.

Grissino-Mayer Talks to News Sentinel Following Firewise Meeting

Henri Grissino Mayer, a professor of geography and an expert who uses tree rings to determine wildfire patterns, spoke to the Knoxville News Sentinel following Firewise, a Pigeon Forge meeting aimed at helping residents be engaged in the process of minimizing the potential of a wildfire.

Alderman Discusses Elvis Presley Fandom with WBIR

Derek Alderman, professor of geography, spoke with WBIR-TV Channel 10 about how fans of Elvis Presley have intensified his memory four decades after his passing. Alderman noted that pilgrims to Graceland, through leaving personal graffiti on the grounds, help us better understand the Elvis fandom. Alderman researches public memory, popular culture, and heritage tourism in the

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NPR, News Sentinel Talk to Alderman about Confederate Monuments

Derek Alderman, a UT geography professor who studies southern memory and commemorative culture, was featured in a discussion on National Public Radio’s show A1 about Confederate monuments.  (August 16 edition) The debate over Confederate monuments and memorials often boils down to history versus hate and it’s heating up again. A group of activists in Durham,

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Alderman to Study Role of Geography, Geospatial Intelligence During Civil Rights Era

During the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, activist groups used geography and geospatial intelligence—collecting geographic information and understanding its potential to effect change—to identify protest sites and plan protests. Derek Alderman, a UT professor of geography, has received a three-year $373,000 National Science Foundation grant to explore those geospatial tactics and determine what can be learned about patterns of racial inequality.

News Sentinel: Grissino-Mayer Continues to Warn Others of Future Wildfires

Henri Grissino-Mayer, James R. Cox professor in the Department of Geography and an expert in using tree rings to reconstruct past climates, has warned of megafires consuming communities along the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Grissino-Mayer was recently featured in the Knoxville News Sentinel, as he continues to warn city officials that the Smoky Mountains are 520,000 acres of kindling.