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.
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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.
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.
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.
The Knoxville News Sentinel featured engineering graduate Kyle Scoble, who has served as Messer Construction’s project manager for the $23 million John D. Tickle Engineering Building. Scoble, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering in 2006 and 2007, says the opportunity is allowing him to rebuild the future of the program hand-in-hand with
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.
Joseph Majdalani, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and the H. H. Arnold Chair of Excellence in Advanced Propulsion at the UTSI, was honored at the annual award luncheon, hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Tennessee Section.
WUOT featured a workshop for undergraduates students at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBios) which are assembling equipment that will record hundreds of hours of bird calls. Their aim is to find rare birds in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. A digital waveform of the recordings will be loaded into a computer program
Fifty drinking straws, one roll of masking tape, a pair of scissors and a ruler. That’s all the rising high-school students participating in the Engineering Volunteers for Ninth Graders program at the College of Engineering were given on Monday. The Knoxville News Sentinel attended the project which is just one of the many interactive projects
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.