Research News

Townsend Honored at American Nuclear Society Meeting

Several members of the College of Engineering’s Department of Nuclear Engineering recently took home awards at the American Nuclear Society’s annual meeting in Reno, Nevada, with Professor Lawrence Townsend receiving a particularly high honor.

NIMBioS Study Finds Saving Seeds the Right Way Can Save the World’s Plants

Conservationists establish one-size-fits-all seed collections to save the seeds in banks or botanical gardens in hopes of preserving some genetic diversity. But a National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis study has found that more careful tailoring of seed collections to specific species and situations is critical to preserving plant diversity.

Archaeological Project to Document Battle of Fort Sanders

Captain Orlando Poe’s 1864 map: Topographical Map of the Approaches and Defenses of Knoxville, Tennessee. Secretary of War, Office of Chief of Engineers, United States Army. Library of Congress, American Memory Collection.

Before Fort Sanders was a densely populated neighborhood and restaurant and retail hub, it was known for the bitter clash between Confederate and Union soldiers with the South unsuccessfully trying to siege Knoxville. An effort by researchers at UT Knoxville will make sure this important piece of history does not forever fade into the metropolis.

Center Receives $20,000 for Construction Safety Research

A UT center dedicated to construction safety research to reduce injuries and fatalities has received $20,000 to further its work. The UT Construction Industry Research and Policy Center recently received the gift from Amerisure Insurance Company. The center is based in the College of Business Administration. Amerisure provides workers’ compensation and general liability insurance for many construction contractors.

NICS Supercomputer Helps Recreate Universe’s Evolution

This composite image from the Illustris simulation is centered on the most massive galaxy cluster existing today. Photo courtesy of Illustris Collaboration.

An international team of researchers used resources at UT’s National Institute for Computational Sciences to develop components that would serve as the basis for “Illustris,” the most ambitious simulation of galaxy formation ever done. Illustris allows one to journey back and see in high detail our universe twelve million years after the Big Bang and then watch the cosmos evolve over a period of 13.8 billion years.

Trees: Nature’s Water Filter? UT Study Hopes to Prove So

Jon Hathaway

For their ideas in answering a challenge issued by the US Department of Agriculture, a team lead by UT was recently awarded a federal grant of more than $200,000. The project, “Storm Water Goes Green: Investigating the Benefit and Health of Urban Trees in Green Infrastructure Installations,” is a multidisciplinary effort coordinated with North Carolina State University to study the impact of trees on storm water management.

Study Predicts Ranavirus as Potential New Culprit in Amphibian Extinctions

Wood frog tadpole hemorrhage from a die-off in Brunswick, Maine, in which it is estimated more than 200,000 tadpoles died in less than twenty-four hours due to ranavirus. Photo credit: Nathaniel Wheelwright

Amphibian declines and extinctions around the world have been linked to an emerging fungal disease called chytridiomycosis, but new research from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis and the Center for Wildlife Health at UT shows that another pathogen, ranavirus, may also contribute.