April 28, 2016

UT Gardens and McClung Museum Partner to Grow Prehistoric Native American Plants

UT’s McClung Museum has partnered with UT Gardens to create a garden featuring food plants grown in the Americas thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans. The project is the work of Gary Crites, McClung Museum’s curator of paleoethnobotany; Susan Hamilton, UT Gardens director; James Newburn, UT Gardens assistant director; and Holly Jones, UT Gardens kitchen manager. Read more...

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UT Announces Enhanced Thompson-Boling Arena Security Measures for Commencement Ceremonies
The university will begin following standard security protocol for large crowds for all commencement ceremonies scheduled May 12-14 at Thompson-Boling Arena. Graduates, their families, and other attendees should be aware that it may take longer to get into Thompson-Boling Arena and build a few extra minutes into their arrival plan. Read more...
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Humans-Pigs-Rabbits Decomposition Study to Impact Court Cases Worldwide

New UT research shows humans have different decomposition patterns than pigs and rabbits—a finding that could immediately impact court cases around the world. For years, forensic court cases worldwide have routinely used animal models to estimate time since death, or postmortem interval, of human remains, largely because access to human subjects was not available. The UT study shows that doing so could yield flawed results because decomposition rates, insect activity, and scavenger activity vary greatly between human and nonhuman subjects. Read more...

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Four Receive Excellence in Advising Awards at Honors Banquet
Last week, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek celebrated faculty, staff, and students for their accomplishments throughout the past academic year. Along with the Teaching Council of the Faculty Senate, the chancellor presented the Excellence in Advising awards to Remus Nicoara, associate mathematics professor and director of the Math Honors program; Margy Wirtz-Henry, undergraduate admissions coordinator for the Department of Kinesiology; Sekeenia Haynes, administrator for the National Institutes for Health–funded Program for Excellence and Equity in Research; and Emma Willcox, assistant professor of wildlife management. Read more...
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Trinh Is Quest Scholar of the Week
Cong T. Trinh, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, focuses on the fundamental understanding and engineering of cellular metabolism with the ultimate goal to design, construct, and characterize cells with optimized metabolic functionalities. Quest, the campus's comprehensive research initiative, has selected Trinh as its Scholar of the Week. Read more...
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Multidisciplinary Team Competes in National Race to Zero Competition
A team of students from three UT colleges recently competed in Race to Zero, a national design competition hosted by the US Department of Energy. The team was led by Mark Dekay, professor of architecture; Bill Miller, professor emeritus in the department of civil and environmental engineering; and Tom Boehm, Goodner Professor of Banking in the finance department. Teams were challenged to provide solutions to real-world issues in the nation’s housing industry by using Zero Energy Ready Home performance levels. Read more...
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