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.
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.
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.
A new NIMBioS study sheds light on the strategies used by creationists to influence the way biology is taught in the classroom. The study reconstructed the evolutionary history of antievolution efforts in state legislatures to reveal the relationships among lawmaking efforts over the past decade.
On April 15, 2013, a pair of homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding 264 others. Numerous photographs and videos taken by bystanders and security cameras were analyzed following the attack to find isolated images of the perpetrators. But what if those same cameras could have helped prevent the tragedy? That is the motivation behind Hairong Qi’s research. “Being able to build smart sensors that can not only acquire data but also automatically detect things and predict their intent is one of our goals,” said Qi, professor of electrical engineering and computer science.
Tom Zawodzinski, joint UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Electrical Energy Conversion and Storage, has earned one of the highest honors in his field—being named a fellow of the American Chemical Society’s Polymer Science Division.
Professor and Condra Chair of Excellence in Power Electronics Fred Wang leads a team working on microgrids, systems that can operate independently of the overall power grid when the situation arises.
John Orme, professor of social work, was recently selected to become a Fellow in the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. Orme’s expertise is in the area of foster care, especially foster families.
Astronaut Scott Kelly is no stranger to stardom, having rocketed to fame as the first American to spend a year in space. In fact, by the time he returns to Earth in March, he will have spent more than 500 days total in orbit, a record for any American and trailing only a small number of cosmonauts. For that service, R&D Magazine has recognized Kelly, a graduate of the University of Tennessee Space Institute, as its 2015 Scientist of the Year.
Robert “Jeff” Norrell, professor and Bernadotte Schmitt Chair of Excellence in the Department of History, published three books this past fall including a biography, Alex Haley and the Books that Changed a Nation, which covers the rise to national celebrity and great literary influence of Haley.