Research News

UT Historian Explores Role of Small Villages in Ancient Near East

J.P. Dessel, a UT Knoxville historian who specializes in Bronze and Iron Age villages of ancient Israel, has received a $50,000 award from the National Endowment for the Humanities that will allow him to integrate his own research with other studies to show how rural villages affected the social landscape of ancient Israel, otherwise dominated by major cities like Jerusalem and Megiddo.

Scholar of Victorian Poetry, Theater to Speak Tomorrow at UT

The UT Knoxville College of Arts and Sciences’ Faculty Research Seminar in 19th Century British Studies is hosting a lecture by Carolyn Williams of Rutgers University, at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in 1210 McClung Tower. Williams, chair and professor of English, will speak on “Parody and Social Formation in the Comic Operas of Gilbert and Sullivan.” The event is free and open to the public.

UT Vol Court Offers Entrepreneurial “How-To” Workshops and Cash Prize

Do you have a business idea but don’t know how to begin turning it into a reality? The Vol Court Spring 2011 session sponsored by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the College of Business Administration is providing students, faculty and friends the opportunity to learn from entrepreneurs and business experts about the “nuts and bolts” of how to start a business.

UT-led Academic Library Value Study Opens Online Database

A collaborative project involving information science researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Syracuse University and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has produced an online database of research into value and return-on-investment in academic libraries.

Annual EURēCA Competition to be Held in March

The 15th Annual Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA) at UT Knoxville will be held March 30-31, at the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center Ballroom. The event highlights research and creative projects completed by UT Knoxville students in collaboration with a faculty mentor. Application forms are due Feb. 11.

Aspiring Entrepreneurs Face-off in Final ‘Vol Court’ Session

Nine teams of unique budding entrepreneurs will square off in the last session of “Vol Court” at 5:15 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9 at the Stokely Management Center, seventh floor. The team with the best business idea will receive a prize package worth more than $20,000.

UT Professor Finds Economic Inequality is Self-reinforcing

When the gap between the haves and have-nots gets larger, one would think the have-nots would want more help, most likely in the form of government programs, to fight rising inequities. Not so, says Nate Kelly, assistant professor of political science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.