Experts Guide

Public Monuments of the Civil War

Derek Alderman, head of the Department of Geography, is an expert in cultural and historical geography, specifically related to public memory, heritage tourism, the civil rights movement, and African-American history. Read more.

North Korea

North Korea’s growing nuclear weapons program and recent missile tests have heightened tensions between the East Asian nation and the United States. Are we careening toward a clash?

“I think we should all take a few breaths and recognize that multiple presidents have had to address this issue multiple times. This is not new,” said Brandon Prins, a UT professor of political science who studies international relations. Read more.


Back-to-School Tips

School districts in the area are back in session or about to start. Getting back in the school schedule groove can be tough for parents and kids after a long break.

Lee Murphy, a nutrition instructor in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences can discuss power breakfast foods, easy lunches to pack, and healthy after-school snacks.

Amy Broemmel, associate professor of theory and practice in teacher education in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, can discuss homework tips for students and parents, and age-appropriate reading goals. 

Norma Mertz, department head of education leadership and policy studies in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, can discuss how to communicate with your child’s teacher or principal if they are having issues at school.

Jedediah Blanton, assistant professor of kinesiology, recreation, and sports studies in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, can discuss how to help kids enjoy youth sports.

David Dupper, interim dean in the College of Social Work, can discuss bullying prevention, school discipline, and empathy training.

Theresa Lee, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, can discuss how to get children back on a healthy sleep schedule. Lee conducts research on sleep patterns over the life cycle and how sleep patterns and the need for sleep vary by age.

Contact Tyra Haag at or 865-974-5460 for an interview with these experts.


The Great American Eclipse

On August 21, much of the USA will plunge into darkness during a continent-wide total solar eclipse. The zone of totality, where stars could briefly come out in the middle of the day, crosses 12 states from Oregon to South Carolina.

Mark Littmann‘s focus is science writing and writing about astronomy. He directs the Science Communication program, teaches three different science-writing courses, and serves as program chairman for the UT Science Forum. Read more.

Sean Lindsay‘s primary research is on determining the mineralogy and relative abundances of dust species for the small bodies of the solar system to understand the origins and evolution of the solar system. Read more.

Elizabeth MacTavish, clinical assistant professor of STEM education in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, can give tips for parents about how to explain the solar eclipse to their children. Read more.

Eclipse 2017: Everything You Need to Know


Robert LieberthalRobert Lieberthal is an assistant professor in the department of public health. His research focuses on health economics with a particular emphasis on the efficiency and effectiveness of health insurance.

He is the author of “What is Health Insurance (Good) For? An Examination of Who Gets It, Who Pays for It, and How to Improve It.” Read more.