Of the many formal presentations I attend on campus, the Send Roses monthly ceremony, where we honor a dedicated and courteous employee, is one of my favorites. It was particularly enjoyable recently to honor Terry Baker, a maintenance specialist who takes care of the sometimes-creaky infrastructure in Andy Holt Tower.
UT exercise, sport and leisure studies professor Dixie L. Thompson is quoted in the July issue of Money magazine praising the merits of using a pedometer to get motivated to exercise. Thompson believes that, because pedometers can help users accurately monitor their activity, they will be more likely to experience beneficial behavior changes.
A study by UT Graduate School of Medicine professor Alan Solomon has prompted media coverage and discussion about foie gras, a fatty delicacy made from over-enlarged duck or goose liver. Science News reports that foie gras can be high in amyloids, malformed proteins that can hinder organ function. Solomon’s study, in which mice were injected
This News Sentinel article describes "Living On," an exhibit for which Robert Heller, an associate professor in the UT School of Journalism and Electronic Media, photographed Holocaust survivors and liberators. The project includes portraits and stories of Tennesseans, 37 of which are now on display in Warsaw, Poland.
This Associated Press story on Forbes.com announces that the "Jaguar," a supercomputer developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, holds the position of world’s second-fastest supercomputer on the most recent "Top500 List." Jack Dongarra of the University of Tennessee Innovative Computing Laboratory — who is one of the list’s four publishers — notes the "overall
In this article in the Tennessean, UT plant sciences professor David Lockwood comments on the harsh weather conditions that are threatening to make this year a difficult one for wineries. After a freeze in April killed many Tennessee vines, drought began to take the rest. Lockwood expects 80 percent of in-state grape crops to be
An Associated Press story in the Los Angeles Times says that, under a $375-million plan announced recently by the U.S. Energy Department, a new research center in Tennessee will be one of three to try to develop new ways of turning plant materials into fuel. The new BioEnergy Science Center will be led by the
The New York Times reports that the Energy Department is creating three new "start-up companies" with $125 million each in capital to research and develop cost-effective ways of creating fuel from plant materials. The goal of the three centers, one of which will be led by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn.,
UT Extension county director Ray W. Burden is quoted in this New York Times article on the unique approach to kudzu control underway on Missionary Ridge in Chattanooga.
The June 11 issue of Newsweek magazine features this profile of the UT Forensic Anthropology Research Facility, also known as the "Body Farm." The piece discusses the facility’s history as the first such outdoor laboratory, as well as how the research performed at UT is inspiring similar facilities nationwide.