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  • For most people, murder, arson, and violent crime are the stuff news stories and urban legend. But UT researchers who specialize in forensic work stare down death and sift through the ashes every day to help law enforcement solve mysteries and bring justice to victims. In this collection of stories, you’ll learn about the beginnings of the Body Farm, catch up on Forensic Anthropology Center research, and meet an alumnus who is the world’s leading expert on fire investigations.

  • Think you know your university history? Take a crack at the hardest (and most informative) UT quiz you may ever take.

  • With more than 3,100 students; about 700 faculty, staff, and retirees; about 400 alumni; and one bluetick coonhound, UT set the Guinness World Record for the largest human letter on…

  • History honors students look at how a “hillbilly” girl from Appalachia grew up to become an international one-word sensation. The course pulls students in to study someone they thought they already knew and familiarizes them with analyzing popular culture as a historical source.

  • Everyone loves a good bedtime story. Just ask UT student Andrew Kochamba, whose tweet about resident assistant Quamir “Q” Boddie reading him a bedtime story for his birthday went viral…

  • By the time Ben Murphy graduated in 2015, he already had a pretty impressive resume that included directing a documentary and associate producing a film with an all-UT cast and crew.

  • From significant events to famous visitors to the loss of a great friend, 2016 was chock-full of moments the Volunteer family will never forget. Here are a few of the…

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