January 26, 2016

Deep Freeze: Study Aims to Unlock Mysteries of Permafrost

When many people think of Siberia, they imagine a vast, frozen tundra with few signs of life and miserably frigid temperatures plunging well below zero. They would be right—most of the time. In summer, however, the top layers of ground thaw, leaving deeply buried, permanently frozen soil called permafrost. And permafrost, according to UT microbiologists Tatiana Vishnivetskaya and Susan Pfiffner, who explored the sparsely populated region in August, could lead to important insights about climate control and the ability of some "living fossils" to survive in extreme environments. Read more...

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NIMBioS: Study Shows Large Variability in Abundance of Viruses That Infect Ocean Microorganisms
Viruses infect more than humans or plants. For microorganisms in the oceans—including those that capture half of the carbon taken out of the atmosphere every day—viruses are a major threat. But a paper published Monday in the journal Nature Microbiology shows that there's much less certainty about the size of these viral populations than scientists had long believed. Read more...
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Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus at Clarence Brown Theatre in February
William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus will play on the CBT mainstage February 10–28 with 7:30 pm and 2:00 pm performances. Believed to be Shakespeare's first tragedy and most graphically violent, Titus Andronicus was created as a crowd-pleasing shocker, full of murder, intrigue, betrayal, and revenge. Read more...
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Valero-Cuevas to Deliver Presentation on Integrating Engineering, Biology
The College of Engineering's first Distinguished Lecture Series event of the spring semester is at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 27. The college welcomes Francisco Valero-Cuevas, director of the Brain-Body Dynamics Laboratory at the University of Southern California, for his presentation "An Integrative Engineering Approach to Neuromuscular Control." Read more...
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My Mediasite Allows Faculty to Create, Publish Video Content
With each venture into online education, faculty need greater access to tools for creating and sharing video content. One of many ways OIT Digital Media Services assists faculty with their video needs is the My Mediasite video portal. Read more...
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Alumni Chapter Hosting Barbecue Dinner Prior to February 2 Game
The Knoxville Alumni Chapter has partnered with UT Athletics to host a Tip Off BBQ Fundraiser prior to the men's basketball game against Kentucky at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 2, in the Tennessee Terrace. Attendees will enjoy a barbecue dinner with other fans and hear from former NBA and UT player Steve Hamer and women's basketball Head Coach Holly Warlick. Read more...
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Announcements
Video Highlights Many Paths from Nuclear Engineering Program Read more...
Call for Proposals: Engagement Scholarship Consortium Read more...
Baker Center Roosevelt Institute Public Policy 101 Sessions Available Online Read more...

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Events
University Women's Club Open-Invitation Meet and Greet and Information Session, 4:30 p.m. today Read more...
Cultural Capital and Democracy in Botswana, Oromia, and Ethiopia, noon Wednesday Read more...
Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: Preventing Disease, Weed, and Pest Problems, 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Read more...

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