Senate hearings for Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the US Supreme Court are under way in Washington, DC, this week. If appointed, he would have a hand in interpreting the Constitution and thus shaping the nation’s laws relating to primary issues including immigration and deportation; presidential power; free speech; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, said Richard Pacelle, head of UT’s Department of Political Science. Read more.
Healthcare and ACA Replacement Plan
He can speak about what the proposed Affordable Care Act replacement would mean for health insurance markets, especially in Tennessee; how the rate of uninsured might change, especially in Tennessee; and how the burden of premiums and out of pocket costs would change for individuals.
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.
Matthew Murray, director of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and associate director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, is an expert in state tax policy and has been studying the impact of fuel taxes in recent years. Read more.
Minority Groups in Today’s Climate
Patrick Grzanka, assistant professor of psychology, can address fears that immigrants, people of color, Muslims, sexual and gender minorities, and any minority group might be facing. Read more.
Michael Higdon, director of legal writing and associate professor of law, is an expert on issues related to LGBTQ rights and same-sex marriage. Higdon’s scholarship focuses on the stigmatizing effects discriminatory laws pose to the LGBTQ community. Having taught family law for nearly a decade, Higdon can address the changing definition of family in American jurisprudence. Read more.
Summer Solar 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.