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In the News: November 2021

The Conversation: When and how was walking invented?
Answer given by Jan Simek with UT. This is an important question because many anthropologists see bipedalism – which means walking on two legs – as one of the defining characteristics of “hominins,” or modern humans, and their ancestors. It is difficult to give a simple answer, though, because bipedalism did not just appear one day.

WBIR: Fall means meteor showers in East Tennessee
Paul Lewis with the University of Tennessee space science outreach discusses several meteor showers in November and in January.

The Conversation: Veterans Day: How crosses and mementos help these Marines remember fallen comrades
On Veterans Day, people across America will thank veterans and active-duty military personnel for their service. But many members of the public don’t have a clear understanding of what service means to people in the military. How do they honor their own? What kind of spaces and activities help them reflect and remember – beyond one day a year? UT Geographer Derek Alderman and PhD student Katrina Finkelstein explain.

Sapiens: Ancient Art Deep in the Southeastern United States
UT Professor Jan Simek examines the history and diversity of art found in the dark zones of caves across the Southeastern US.

History: What Prehistoric Cave Paintings Reveal About Early Human Life
Some of the oldest known art may hint at the beginning of language development, while later examples portray narratives with human and animal figures.

Daily Beacon:  Professors from Tennessee and Georgia meet to discuss threat to tenure
With an undergraduate enrollment of nearly 25,000, it is not surprising that most of the spotlight here at UT falls upon student events and issues. Many of the efforts and challenges faced by university faculty often go unnoticed, and now, with questions over the future of tenure and job contracts in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and a new policy in Georgia, there is an even greater issue that poses a threat to professors both on a local and national scale.

News Sentinel: UT Pride of the Southland Band director retiring from the band, which is ‘almost like a family’
When Dr. Donald Ryder thinks about his time as band director at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, he says it all comes back to the people — the students he’s taught, the famous musicians he’s worked with and the friendships he’s established over 23 years.