Research News

UT Study: Crocodiles Just Wanna Have Fun, Too

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Turns out we may have more in common with crocodiles than we’d ever dream. According to research by a UT psychology professor, crocodiles think surfing waves, playing ball, and going on piggyback rides are fun, too.

Prestige, Conference Grow for UT’s Reliability and Maintainability Center

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As the detailed study of best practices within manufacturing has become more commonplace in recent years, the Reliability and Maintainability Center at UT has stepped to the forefront as a well-respected hub of learning. The center has signed about 55 corporate partners and will host its nineteenth annual Maintenance and Reliability Conference, MARCON, February 23–26 at the Knoxville Convention Center.

UT Engineers Helping ORNL with Key Sustainable Energy Riddle

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The College of Engineering’s Alexander Papandrew and Gerd Duscher are part of a broader Oak Ridge National Laboratory-led team that recently received a $2.75 million Department of Energy grant for work on improving fuel cells, $1.4 million of which went to their project.

Two Professors Named Fellows of Society for Social Work and Research

Two professors who have advanced social good and welfare through their work have been honored by the Society for Social Work and Research. Bill Nugent and John Orme, both faculty members in the UT College of Social Work, are 2015 fellows of the national organization.

UT Launches Aerospace and Defense Business Institute

The Haslam College of Business, in partnership with the UT Office of Research and Engagement, has launched a new institute to better organize and build aerospace- and defense-related research, education, and training.

NIMBioS Study: Warming Could Cause Great Loss of Great Barrier Reef Corals

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The coverage of living corals on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef could decline to less than ten percent if ocean warming continues, according to a new study that explores the short- and long-term consequences of environmental changes to the reef. The study was done by an international team of ecologists at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT.