Cultural studies professor Barbara Thayer-Bacon, or Dr. Barb, explores modern issues through a feminist, philosophical lens. She is the author of over twenty-five chapters in essay collections and over seventy journal articles, has presented over a hundred conference papers, and has written six books. Here she gives us a peak at her current work exploring the issues around the US-Mexico border wall.
ORE to Hold Research Awards Ceremony
This spring, the Office of Research and Engagement will celebrate the achievements of students, faculty, staff, and community partners for their achievements in research, engagement, and compliance activities with an awards ceremony. This annual ORE Research Awards Luncheon will include recognition of the comprehensive research enterprise, including activities related to funding, mentorship, creative achievement, community engagement, and responsible conduct of research.
There are 23 award categories including six that will be recognized from the floor. Many of the awards are based on data points from Elements, a system that helps faculty record their scholarly activities, and Cayuse, a system for creating and tracking research grant proposals. Others will be selected by committee or through a nomination process. Nominations are due by March 1, 2019.
Nature Prefers Asymmetrical Pollen Grains, Study Finds
It’s no secret that pollen plays a vital role in plant reproduction worldwide, including the production of food. But for decades, scientists have been puzzled about the variety of patterns on the surface of these pollen grains—specifically, how they are formed and if they have a function.
A study published in Cell sheds some light on the subject, showing that plants favor the production of uneven, asymmetrical patterns on the surface of pollen grains over more symmetrical patterns.
“The pollen wall itself—the surface of a pollen grain—serves the important function of protecting the pollen grain genetic material from the environment as the pollen travels during the process of pollination. However, the function of the precise pattern on this surface is not well understood,” said Maxim Lavrentovich, assistant professor of theoretical biophysics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UT, and coauthor of the study.
Continue reading about Lavrentovich’s study at news.utk.edu.
UT Named One of Nation’s Top-Producing Fulbright Campuses
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is one of the nation’s top-producing campuses for students receiving 2018–19 Fulbright awards. With a record-setting 19 students receiving US Fulbright Student Awards last year, UT ranks fourth among public research universities and 12th among all research universities, tying with Harvard University.
Each year the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces the top-producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the US government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The Chronicle of Higher Education published the list today.
“I am so proud of our students who earned Fulbrights, as well as the faculty and staff who supported them in this achievement,” said Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor David Manderscheid. “Applying for these awards is a rigorous process even for the most accomplished students, so we celebrate their achievement—and feel rewarded in knowing the university has helped equip them with the tools and opportunities they need to become tomorrow’s leaders.”