Research News

Nervous System Could be Map to Computing Breakthrough

The next big leap in computing could be just around the corner, thanks to a project being conducted by UT’s College of Engineering and the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute.

Canceled Due to Weather: Tom Scheinfeldt to Speak Friday

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Digital media and design expert Tom Scheinfeldt, managing director of the groundbreaking September 11 Digital Archive project, will speak at the Illuminations Digital Humanities Series at 3:00 p.m. Friday, January 22.

International Groups Taking Notice of UT Materials Research Center

In the ten years since its founding, the Scintillation Materials Research Center in UT’s College of Engineering has become one of the world’s leading centers for the discovery, development, and application of scintillators—materials that emit light when in the presence of radiation, providing a valuable detection method.

Online Access Available to Complete Collection of James K. Polk’s Letters

The letters of James K. Polk offer a glimpse into the proceedings of one of the most significant yet least-known US presidents, during whose term the country increased in geographical size by one-third. The public can now access thirty years of Polk’s writings due to the online publication of all twelve volumes of the Correspondence of James K. Polk series.

NIMBioS: New Methods Help Advance Infectious Disease Forecasting

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While tremendous progress has been made in eliminating malaria worldwide, about 3.2 billion people—nearly half the world’s population—are still at risk of the disease, according to the World Health Organization. A study from NIMBioS develops new methods to detect critical transitions in infectious disease epidemics, such as malaria.

Study: ‘Born This Way’ Beliefs May Not Be the Key To Reducing Homophobia

In recent years, the argument that sexual orientation is innate has become a principal component of the advocacy for the rights of sexual minorities. That belief may not be the most effective way to promote more positive attitudes toward lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, according to new research from UT.

New Class of UT-ORNL Joint Directed Research and Development Faculty Named

Developed in collaboration between UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Joint Directed Research and Development program nurtures collaborative research from the two institutions. The program recently announced the selection of twelve UT faculty researchers to benefit from its current cycle of funding.

UT-ORNL Breakthrough Aims to Improve Tech Gadgets, TVs

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Phones, tablets, computers, and even televisions use touchscreen technology, which relies on substances that contain rare and costly elements. Now, thanks to a breakthrough led by UT’s College of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, that problem could soon be in the past.

NIMBioS: Special Collection Explores Origin and Evolution of Play

An adult Gelada monkey plays with a juvenile. A new special issue of Adaptive Behavior examines the evolution and origin of play via mathematical and computational approaches. Credit: Elisabetta Palagi

Research on the evolution and function of play at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT has culminated in a special issue of the journal Adaptive Behavior. The collection heavily features the research of Gordon Burghardt, who works on many aspects of animal behavior, play behavior, ethical treatment of animals, and zoo animal welfare.