Research News

UT Professor Defines Play, Discovers Even Turtles Need Recess

Seeing a child or a dog play is not a foreign sight. But what about a turtle or even a wasp? Apparently, they play, too. In fact, according to Gordon Burghardt, a psychology professor at UT Knoxville, many animals — not just dogs, cats, and monkeys — need a little play time.

UT Researcher Links Maternal Genes to Selfish Behavior

If you are more inclined to love thyself than thy neighbor, it could be your mother’s fault. Those are the findings of Francisco Úbeda, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UT Knoxville.

Construction Begins on UT New Norris House

After two years of research, site visits and design work, construction of the UT New Norris House is under way. The New Norris House is a sustainable home designed by an interdisciplinary team at the UT Knoxville.

UT to Receive NSF Grant to Study Climate Change

The UT Knoxville College of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) in partnership with the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the University of Minnesota, are the recipients of a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project “Understanding Climate Change: A Data Driven Approach.” UT Knoxville’s segment of the total grant will be $900,000 over a five-year period.

UT Professor: Study Underscores Link Between Walking, Cycling and Health

Want a slimmer, healthier community? Try building more sidewalks, crosswalks and bike paths. A study authored by UT Knoxville professor David Bassett Jr. and three other researchers was published today in the American Journal of Public Health, concluding that communities with more walkers and cyclists are healthier than those where people must rely on cars to get around.

UT Professor Uncovers Clues into How Viruses Jump From Hosts

HIV-AIDS. SARS. Ebola. Bird Flu. Swine Flu. Rabies. These are emerging infectious diseases where the viruses have jumped from one animal species into another and now infect humans. Gary McCracken, a UT Knoxville professor and department head in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is one of those scientists and has made a groundbreaking discovery into how viruses jump from host to host.

UT-based Fiber Optic Network Expands Global Reach

The Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development, or GLORIAD, is a network of fiber-optic rings that circles the world to allow scientists, students and educators to collaborate in solving some of the planet’s biggest science problems. The network is expanding its reach internationally and in our own backyard.

UT Researchers Discover Water on the Moon is Widespread, Similar to Earth’s

Researchers at UT Knoxville are once again turning what scientists thought they knew about the moon on its head. Last fall, researchers discovered “lunar dew” on the moon’s surface — absorbed “water” in the uppermost layers of lunar soil. Now, scientists have discovered that water on the moon is more widespread — on the outside and inside of the moon — with some similarities to water in volcanic systems on Earth.