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News and Noteworthy: December 2021

Barry Bruce, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology, published a study in Plant Communications in November. The research involved two BCMB graduate students and two students from the genome science and technology graduate program. “Collectively, this work suggests that tetrameric PSI is a widely occurring form of PSI that may be an adaptation to high-light conditions during cyanobacteria expansion and maybe the key intermediate in the evolution of PSI structure in plants and algae,” Bruce said. Read More

Matthew Gillis, associate professor of history, recently published Religious Horror and Holy War in Viking Age Francia, in which he explores how authorities in western Francia from the 880s through the 920s used horror rhetoric to cast Christian soldiers, who robbed the poor and the church, as monsters that devoured human flesh and drank human blood. Read More

Richard Norby, adjunct professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Sheng Dai, professor of chemistry, are two of seven UT faculty members included on the 2021 list of highly cited researchers from Clarivate. Read More

Lisa Parker, a distinguished lecturer of Hispanic Studies and director of the Language and World Business Program, was featured by the Division of Student Success for her ability to incorporate career development in the classroom. Read More

Knoxville News Sentinel: The devastation of the Gatlinburg wildfires offered hope, in a way, for scientists
The 2016 Gatlinburg wildfire was deadliest in the eastern half of the U.S. since the Great Fires of 1947 in Maine and the worst in the history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Gerald D. Mahan, one of the original UT-ORNL Distinguished Scientists, passed away November 22 at the age of 84, following a brief illness. He was the first UT faculty member to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences and leaves an impressive legacy as a scientist and a professor. Read More