Posts By: Whitney Heins

WATE-TV: ORNL and UT researchers work to protect people from deadly chemical gases

WATE-TV Anchor Lori Tucker spoke with Jeremy Smith, Governor’s Chair for Molecular Biophysics and director of the UT/Oak Ridge National Laboratory Center for Molecular Biophysics, about ongoing research to engineer enzymes to chemically transform sarin into harmless molecules. The end result could be A prophylactic treatment  to be taken before an attack, rendering the chemical

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UT Network Infrastructure to Upgrade to 100G

The UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Joint Institute for Computational Sciences—and UT’s Office of Information Technology—have announced final plans to upgrade the bandwidth of UT’s wide area network for research and education to 100 gigabit per second (100G) capability by July 2014. This project makes UT an early adopter of the technology and will improve a wide range of big data and other science data flows.

Research Foundation Accepting Submissions for Maturation Funding Program

The UT Research Foundation is accepting submissions for the seventh annual UTRF Maturation Funding program. Proposals are due to department research offices by close of business Friday, October 18. The program helps UT researchers further develop technologies that have potential for commercial success. Up to $15,000 in direct costs will be awarded to the highest ranking proposals.

Engineering Department Receives Donation from Denso North American Foundation

The Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering’s rolling hybrid vehicle laboratory has received a boost. Denso North American Foundation has donated $50,000 to the lab. The hybrid vehicle laboratory helps faculty prepare students for high-tech jobs in the industry with hands-on design experience.

WBIR-TV: Keepsakes help families grieve

WBIR-TV covered a philanthropic effort by nursing students called the Precious Prints Project which provides a silver finger charm to families who have lost a child at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The students are hosted a fundraising run called “Sprint for the Prints” for the project on September 14. The effort is a partnership between

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Chattanoogan: A Review Of UT Knoxville’s New Facilities

The Chattanoogan did a wrap-up of UT’s new facilities including the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, RecSports Complex, and the John D. Tickle Engineering Building. “If you are a University of Tennessee at Knoxville graduate and have not been to campus in a while, you might think you are in the Emerald City, not Big Orange Country, during your next visit,” wrote reporter John Shearer.

News Sentinel: UT launches global human-rights program

The News Sentinel featured the new Disasters, Displacement and Human Rights Program launched this fall. The program, in the Department of Anthropology and partnering with the College of Law and the Department of Religious Studies, promotes holistic training, collaborative research and applied work on contemporary global and local problems associated with human rights and humanitarian

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Physics Research Aims to Build Better Nanowire Networks

Nanowire networks have become very common in electronic devices. But given their scale, they can be tricky to make. Working with physics professor Hanno Weitering, graduate student Saban Hus set out to develop a new way to grow ultrathin wires in which the wires grow with equal distances between them. This can help streamline the process of making integrated circuits.

WUOT: The Method: Migrating Trees, Radiochemistry and Preventing Blackouts

Howard Hall, the director of the campus’s Radiochemistry Center for Excellence, spoke with 91.9FM WUOT’s Chrissie Keuper about the importance of the field to national security. The interview appears on the station’s The Method which is a series that explores the intersection of science and society.