A new program advances the instruction and research of neuroscience at the university.
Category: Natural Sciences
Kate Jones explains the inner workings of stars and how the atomic nucleus leaves its fingerprints on the chemical composition of the solar system.
Retired professor Alan Heilman has spent a lifetime getting up close and personal with plants—under the lens of his microscope and through the lens of his camera.
Susan Riechert leads students in arachnid research throughout the American West.
Drawing on more than thirty years of deliberation, the chemistry department undertook a major redesign of General Chemistry and its laboratory.
It is a question that has puzzled evolutionary biologists for years: Why did we stop being promiscuous and decide to settle down to start families? Sergey Gavrilets, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, may have found the answer, and it lies in the power of female choice.
Imagine how lucky you would feel to discover and hold one treasured fossil in the palm of your hand. Now imagine holding 240 fossils. Emily Napier did just that her senior year when she conducted research on edrioasteriods entombed in a rock, and the results she found on the estimated 280 million-year-old, starfish-like fossils were surprising.
Jeff Becker says his scientific research is emotionally driven. He goes to work each day hopeful that the basic research conducted in his laboratory has the potential to benefit humanity on a large scale. In a world where life-threatening fungal infections are increasing and there is a deficit of pharmaceutical antifungal drugs, Becker trusts that his efforts really matter.
Most of us give wide berth to food waste bins at cafeterias and restaurants. But Professor Mike McKinney views food waste differently—he sees an opportunity to teach important lessons in science and environmental conservation through composting. This fall his students will launch a compost education program in local schools that will take lessons learned on campus to the larger community.
Alexei Sokolov is intrigued by soft materials. “Soft materials, by definition, can change—that’s why we call them soft materials,” he explains. Change means the molecules in the materials move, and if he can figure out how they move, he will have important clues to controlling and manipulating their movement. That knowledge is the key to designing new materials with unique properties.
Smartphones have opened up an entire new realm of possibilities for scientific and educational applications, and with their rudimentary programming, anything is possible. Professor Michael Guidry has experienced that himself, and now he is sharing his insights on programming for the Android platform in an undergraduate course.
Now in its 61st year, the Wildflower Pilgrimage has welcomed nearly 1,000 nature lovers to a celebration of spring and wildflowers in the Great Smoky Mountains; but for those who are unable to stop and smell the flowers, the UT Herbarium website features a searchable database that plant enthusiasts and students can explore and admire year round.