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  • The University of Tennessee has been recognized for its strong support of veterans and their families with a 31st ranking among public universities and 66th among all public and private colleges and universities in the 2017 U.S. News and World Report List of Best Colleges for Veterans, a rise of eighteen spots in the past year.

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NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase I

The NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate has recently published a solicitation entitled NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase I.  NIAC seeks “early studies of visionary concepts…but that also offer radically different approaches or leapfrog innovations to enable new missions or greatly enhance previous ones. A concept typically includes new technology and “must be framed in a mission context.”  NIAC is particularly interested in the technology areas listed below.  Brief summaries of previously funded projects may be found here.  Note that NASA plans to host a Q&A Forum for this solicitation, tentatively scheduled for August 18th.

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Chris Noto, assistant professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin–Parkside; Thomas Adams, curator of paleontology and geology at the Witte Museum in San Antonio; and Anthony Fiorillo, chief curator of earth sciences and vice president of research and collections at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas.While most of Texas was covered by a shallow sea at this time, the Dallas-Fort Worth area formed a large peninsula that jutted out into this sea, creating a lush environment of river deltas and swamps that teemed with wildlife, including dinosaurs, crocodiles, turtles, mammals, amphibians, fish, invertebrates, and plants. Many of the fossils found on the site represent species previously unknown to the world.

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