Archive for: September 2013

Healthy aging

Stay active to stay healthy

by Juhee Shah, Exercise Physiologist


Sep2013FtSandersHealthThe elderly population is the fastest growing age group of the United States population. It has been projected that by the year 2050, almost 89 million Americans will be age 65 years or older. This is nearly double the United States’ population of elderly people in 2010. In light of the aging population, promoting and facilitating healthy aging has become a necessity. Read more →

Stop the yelling

Practice self control in front of your children

By Kathryn Rea Smith, PH.D.

Photo by Kassandra Atwood.

Photo by Kassandra Atwood.

Children are known to misbehave. They whine, complain and throw tantrums. They make messes. They talk back and refuse to listen. They use their outside voice inside the house. Sometimes they hit, kick, and bite. In short, children can be quite provocative. Some adults can stay calm in the face of such provocations but others lose their cool and start to yell. In this article, I will make the case for staying calm and present a recipe for change for parents who wish to stop yelling at their children. Read more →

Free speech, creativity, and the revolution in videos, books, and apps

By Michael K. Smith, Ph.D.



“One estimate suggests that there are 900,000 apps just for the Apple iPhone, iPod, or iPad.”

Can free speech promote creativity? Oliver Wendell Holmes, in his famous dissent in the Supreme Court case of Abrams v. United States (1919), suggested that the First Amendment to the United States Constitution protected the expression of controversial ideas: “the ultimate good…is better reached by free trade in ideas—that the best test of truth is the power of thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market.” Holmes wanted to overturn the convictions of protesters who had merely written and distributed leaflets criticizing U. S. involvement in World War I. Today, we all benefit from Holmes’ dissent and his support of free speech. Combined with the forces of technology, citizens in the United States, and in many other countries, can express their creative ideas, however controversial, through videos, books, and apps. Read more →

Math and the Arts

By Mike O’Hern, Center Director of Mathnasium of West Knoxville


Sep2013OHern1My first career was music.  Now, I teach math.  You can imagine, then, how often I hear, “I’ve heard that math and music have a lot in common,” generally spoken with a perplexed expression.  I can understand the bewilderment, though.  The only math in music that is obvious to most people is rather elementary – half notes, sixteenth notes, 4:4 time, 3:4 time, etc.  But at its root, music is not only related to math, it’s all about math.  Music is sound, sound is physics, and physics is very much a mathematical expression of the world around us. Read more →

The next American Idol?

Find your real voice

By Michael Kull. Photo by Eva Nations

Sep2013MKullHave you ever listened to the sound of your own voice on a recording? Many people don’t like to listen to themselves. They say that their voice sounds strange, it embarrasses them to hear it, it doesn’t even sound like them. While not everyone reacts this way, it brings up an idea that is worth considering: Our voices are somehow so closely tied to our identities, to who we are, that we question whether or not they truly represent us. If every voice is a sonic “finger print,” and no two voices are alike, then the voice we have is the only one we’re going to get. When we hear our voice and don’t recognize it, then we are messing with the notion of who we are. Read more →

The mysterious growing pains

by Marcin Gornsiewicz, M.D.

Sep2013MarcinYour 5-year-old child wakes up in the middle of the night screaming from pain, crying, and pointing toward the legs. You look at them but you don’t see anything wrong. You rub them and the child is in deep sleep again within thirty minutes. When your child wakes up in the morning, he/she is absolutely fine, no pain or limping, ready for daily activities like nothing ever happened. The same thing occurs again a week later, this time even more dramatic, disrupting sleep for the whole family. You are now seriously worried and ask yourself questions. Is my child really in pain, or is he/she faking it? Is it serious? Should I call my doctor? Read more →

Creative ways to integrate math in your child’s daily life

By Tracey Matthews, Knox County Schools Supervisor of Family and Community Engagement
Contributing Writers: Candice Campbell and Mary Frances Street, Knox County Schools Family and Community Engagement, University of Tennessee Student Interns


Sep2013MatthewsMany children don’t understand why they have to learn mathematics. The trick to making math relevant in their lives is to use math in activities that matter to them.  This allows them to learn practical ways math is important. The key is to always be on the lookout for methods to creatively integrate math into daily activities, so children can positively connect with math and boost their confidence.

Here are some fun and creative ways to help your child learn and practice basic math skills every day: Read more →