Gordon Burghardt News

Pregame Showcase Marks Twenty-Fifth Year with Diverse Topics, Noted Faculty


It’s football time in Tennessee, and that means a new Pregame Showcase lineup. Now in its twenty-fifth season, the Pregame Showcase gives fans the chance to hear from esteemed faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences prior to each gridiron matchup. This year’s first showcase will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 31, before the Vols face the Utah State Aggies.

Roman Forts to Urban Forestry: Mic/Nite Highlights Faculty Research

Got six minutes and forty seconds? That’s all you need to learn about some of the intriguing research happening at UT. Faculty and staff are invited to Mic/Nite on Thursday, October 10, to hear eleven of their peers talk about their work, which ranges from urban forestry to ancient Roman forts. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Relix Variety Theatre with a social hour, including a cash bar and free pizza.

UT Students Honor Charles Darwin with Darwin Day

Charles Darwin, the biologist who changed the way scientists study life on Earth, was born 202 years ago but he maintains a steady presence in biology. Just ahead of his birthday, his life and breakthrough discoveries in evolution will be celebrated February 7–9, on the UT Knoxville campus.

Science: Could Climate Change Alter Lizard Learning?

Researchers have found that lizards incubated in warmer environments may learn faster than others. The results are preliminary, but they suggest that a hotter climate could give some lizards a cognitive edge, potentially helping them escape predators. Professor Gordon Burghardt agrees that the study is important for linking learning with climate.

UT Professor Burghardt’s Research Featured on PBS

The research of UT Professor Gordon Burghardt will be featured on the Oct. 20 NOVA program on PBS from 8 – 9 p.m. (Comcast channel 2, digital cable channel 15). The show is focused on the entire group of monitor lizards, which includes the largest lizard in the world, the Komodo Dragon. Burghardt is a UT Alumni Distinguished Service Professor and holds appointments in the Departments of Psychology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.