Winter 2009

  • James Tanner got to do what almost no one had ever done—live with and study one of the Earth’s rarest creatures. And to make the assignment even more rewarding, Jim was working with a bird so startling in its appearance that it had once been called the Lord God Bird, mimicking the common exclamation of those encountering an ivory-bill for the first time.

  • Pat Summitt and Bruce Pearl. You would almost have to be a space alien not to know about the Lady Vols and Vols head basketball coaches. They’re on TV, they’re in Sports Illustrated, they turn up at your United Way or your alumni chapter meeting. They’re charismatic, competent, and competitive right down to their toenails. And, wonder of wonders, they not only get along, they even like each other.

  • SOCCER RHIAN WILKINSON Wilkinson, 25, and her Canadian women’s soccer team lost 2-1 in overtime to the No. 1 ranked U.S. in the quarterfinals. Wilkinson, who graduated from UT Knoxville…