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Tennessee Gets a Place at the Table with Newest Element: Tennessine

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One of the newest members of the periodic table will likely have a familiar sound to it, even if the spelling might be a bit off: Tennessine. Proposed as a nod to researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Vanderbilt University, and UT who helped confirm its existence, element 117 would be only the second to be named for a state. Since the name Tennessee has its origins in the name of the Cherokee village of Tanasi, it also becomes the first element with Native American roots.

In Memoriam: Kenneth Monty

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Kenneth James Monty, founding head of the Department of Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology, passed away May 23. He was 85.

In Memoriam: Dwayne Savage

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Dwayne Savage, who served as professor and head of the Department of Microbiology, passed away May 17. He was 81.

NIMBioS Study: Constructing Shale Gas Sites

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A new study from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) finds that developing shale gas wells that have less impact on the environment, at least at the surface, is not as costly as presumed.