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Science Pubs Highlight Blum Hurricane Study

Michael Blum, associate professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, recently published a study in the journal Ecosphere about the socioecological disparities in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.  Several science publications picked up  the article including Science News Online and Science Daily. The paper’s findings are particularly topical as communities in Texas and Florida continue to rebuild

National, International Media Feature Drumheller-Horton Prehistoric Croc Identification

Stephanie Drumheller-Horton, an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, was part of a team that identified a new species of delta crocodile. These giant prehistoric crocodiles roamed the coasts and waterways of what’s now north-central Texas about 95 million years ago. Scientists say the Deltasuchus motherali, named after a dig

UT Professor Comments in Science News on History of Edrioasteroid Tube Feet

Science News reports that like sea stars, ancient echinoderms used to eat, breathe and scuttle around the seafloor with tiny tube feet. Scientists suspected that the ancient marine invertebrates, called edrioasteroids, had tube feet. A set of unusually well-preserved fossils from around 430 million year ago–described September 13 in Proceedings of the Royal Society B–provides

KNS Interviews Grzanka about Proposed Changes to Knox Schools’ Protected Groups List

The Knoxville News Sentinel interviewed Patrick Grzanka, a member of the Tennessee Equality Project and UT assistant professor of psychology, about proposed changes to Knox County Schools’ list of protected groups under its harassment policy. The Knox County school board reversed course after LGBT activists pushed back on a proposal to remove language explicitly protecting gay, lesbian and transgender

Fitzgerald Speaks to News Sentinel about Opposition Groups

Knoxville News Sentinel columnist Georgiana Vines spoke with Michael Fitzgerald, a professor of political science, about the rise and activism of groups in response to the election of President Donald Trump. She highlighted two groups–the Women’s March Coalition and Indivisible East Tennessee. What these two groups share besides some members is a desire to be “expressive,” Fitzgerald

KNS: Clarence Brown Theatre Showcases Outstanding Production of ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that The Clarence Brown Theatre’s 42nd season-opening production “Peter and the Starcatcher” was fantastic. The production featured dancing man-mermaids and flouncing pirates wrapped around the beloved tale of Peter Pan. Plus, there was a pirate-themed fight song set to “Rocky Top.” The story is a prequel to the “Peter Pan”

KNS and WATE: Grissino-Mayer Discusses ‘New Normal’ of Great Smoky Mountains Wildfires

A full review of the Chimney Tops 2 fire showed the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was not ready for the wildfires that swept through Sevier County. The report called the wildfire conditions the “new normal.” Henri Grissino-Mayer, a UT geography professor who studies tree rings to predict wildfires, told the Knoxville News Sentinel: “The reality is