To say that Jim Vlna (pronounced VUL-nuh) has spent his life in the zoo is really no exaggeration. Vlna has just retired as director of the Knoxville Zoo after almost 22 years. Prior to that, he spent 30 years with the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois, starting work there when he was 13 years old. WUOT's Morning Edition host Chrissy Keuper speaks with Vlna about some of the changes he’s seen in zoological parks over the years, including some fairly recent adjustments in philosophy.
Researchers with the University of Tennessee recently published a study that could one day mean an exciting new treatment for cancer. Biomedical Engineering researcher Yongzhong Wang and his colleagues study nano-particles, already an important part of therapy for cancer and other disease. Nano-particles are usually created through chemical engineering. Wang says what makes this study unique is that this is the first time researchers have captured the nano-particles from a micro-organism for use in this therapy.
On January 15, senior judge Walter Kurtz ordered a re-trial for George Thomas, one of three defendants in the 2007 murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. Ringleader Lemaricus Davidson and his brother, Letalvis Cobbins, will not get new trials and their convictions will likely stand.
The American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge is exhibiting a collection of paintings that are a bit unusual for the museu, exploring the culture of the atomic era in the 1950's. WUOT's Morning Edition host Chrissy Keuper has this look at "Doomtowns: The Atomic Art of Doug Waterfield".
On Monday December 10, 2012, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam made an important decision: The health insurance exchange required under the Affordable Care Act will be managed in Washington, not Tennessee. It may sound arcane, but it's a crucial choice as the nation prepares to change the way health insurance is offered, managed and sold. Dr. Carole Myers is an associate professor in the University of Tennessee's College of Nursing.