As a premier, research-extensive institution, our students—undergraduate and graduate—delve further into subjects they may have only dreamed about.
UT’s partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory allows our students to work beside some of the world's renowned scientists in areas like electrical engineering, microbiology, polymer science, and ecology. Teams in architecture and engineering are working on innovations in zero-energy housing and other areas of ecologically sustainable design.
At the Marco Institute, faculty and students draw upon the center’s rich library resources to advance scholarship in medieval and Renaissance history, art, literature, and music. American history specialists curate the papers of presidents Andrew Jackson and James Polk. Center for Social Justice scholars are tackling the tough questions about health care disparities and immigration.
From improving mental health and education to economics and taxation efficiencies, our work impacts people, places, and industries throughout the world.
Turns out the crocodile can be a shrewd hunter himself. A UT researcher has found that some crocodiles use lures to hunt their prey. Vladimir Dinets, a research assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, is the first to observe two crocodilian species—muggers and American alligators—using twigs and sticks to lure birds, particularly during nest-building time. Dinets's research is the first report of tool use by any reptiles.
Overall enrollee satisfaction with the TennCare program is at its highest level, according to a UT report released today. Ninety-five percent of TennCare recipients surveyed expressed satisfaction with the care they received, the highest level since the program's inception. This finding is included in "The Impact of TennCare: A Survey of Recipients 2013," prepared by UT's Center for Business and Economic Research.
Newlywed bliss can overshadow serious marital problems, but a new study by UT researchers shows that signs of a failed marriage are often there from the beginning—if couples look closely. The study, by Michael Olson, associate professor of psychology, and Jim McNulty of Florida State University, finds that spouses' automatic attitudes, not their more thoughtfully held conscious attitudes, are a good predictor of marital satisfaction.
A UT research associate will host a public talk about the bright Comet ISON. Comet ISON will reach its closest approach to the sun on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, and hopefully be visible to the naked eye in early December. The talk will take place 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, in the Nielsen Physics Building, Room 415. Parking is available for a fee in Volunteer Hall across Cumberland Avenue.
With five faculty members now on Fulbright exchanges, UT is one of the Fulbright Program's "top producers" for 2013–14. UT ranks in the top ten of research universities for its number of current Fulbright recipients. The Fulbright Program is a prestigious international exchange initiative that awards about 1,100 grants to American scholars each year.
Lindsay Lee, a senior studying math and Spanish, has been named a Rhodes Scholar, the most prestigious international award a student can earn. Lee, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is the seventh UT student to receive the honor in the Rhodes program's 111-year history. "I am incredibly humbled to be in the same shoes as some of the most important movers and shakers around the world," Lee said.
UT Libraries' digital archive, Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange (TRACE), hit a milestone recently as it reached one million downloads. TRACE is one of many platforms offered by research libraries around the country that allows scholars to publish their research and creative work online.
The Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education brings together extensive and complementary resources at UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to increase science, technology, engineering, and mathematics research of national significance.
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