Posts By: Whitney Heins

Landscape Architecture Program Appoints New Chair

Gale Fulton, a former assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named chair of UT’s Landscape Architecture Program. Fulton, who begins August 1, will oversee three master’s degree options offered by the Landscape Architecture Program, a joint collaboration between the College of Architecture and Design and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Physics Professor Reviews Iron-based Superconductors

Physics Professor Elbio Dagotto has written a review of new iron-based superconductors for the journal Reviews of Modern Physics. In his detailed colloquium citing hundreds of references, Dagotto points out how research into high-temperature superconductors has steadily advanced in a short period of time.

News Sentinel: Despite exhaustive efforts, some bodies never get identified

The Knoxville News Sentinel featured the involvement of the Department of Anthropology in NamUs (www.namus.gov). NamUs is the first national resource center for cases of missing persons and unidentified bodies. It allows anyone to cross-check descriptions of a missing person with information about unidentified bodies.

Chemistry Summer Program Awarded NSF Grant

The Chemistry Department has been offering critical research and professional development skills to undergraduate students through its summer program for more than ten years. This year the program was awarded a three-year-grant from the National Science Foundation and is officially recognized as a site for Research Experiences for Undergraduates.

Institute for Nuclear Security Offers Seed Grants

The Institute for Nuclear Security is offering seed grants for this fiscal year. The objective is to both increase and diversify the number of faculty leading proposal development efforts in nuclear security. Nuclear security is an interdisciplinary field and the INS is seeking to broaden participating faculty particularly in those academic units that have not typically worked with the institute in the past. The INS, housed within the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, seeks to develop and provide expertise that will shape national and international policies for nuclear security.

Supercomputing Research Studies if Marine Crustacean Enzyme Can Be Used in Biofuels

Tiny, wood-boring marine crustaceans with a funny name and a penchant for collectively attacking piers and dining on driftwood, ships, boats, and docks have made a big splash in the science news media lately. These creatures, called Gribbles, have as their recent claim to fame a novel biomass-degrading enzyme in their guts that is of keen interest to the biofuels research and engineering communities.