Research News

UT, ORNL Host Academic-Industry Meeting on National Lab Partnerships

UT, in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will host more than 200 university leaders and heads of industry this week at the 21st General Meeting of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership. UIDP21 will be held October 13–16 at the Hilton Downtown Knoxville and the ORNL campus.

Digital Humanities Seminar Open to Faculty and Grad Students

Illuminations: A Digital Humanities Seminar offers workshops, guest speakers, and presentations by UT’s digital scholars and is open to all faculty and graduate students. The seminar’s Friday, October 16, meeting is a workshop on using Omeka for digital scholarship projects.

Partnerships That Make a Difference: Institute for Smart Structures


The Institute for Smart Structures is a research center that combines materials science, engineering, and architecture to solve immediate problems and provide revolutionary concepts for new applications. Over the last decade, the institute has been a key partner in constructing three net-zero prototype buildings. The AMIE 1.0 is the world’s first net-zero structure entirely made from additively manufactured polymer.

Hines is Quest Scholar of the Week


Wes Hines, Postelle Professor and head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, was recently elected Fellow of the American Nuclear Society.

UT Team Receives Grant to Address Deadly Bat Disease

A UT team has received a federal grant to help combat a deadly disease affecting bats. The grant will be used to explore how the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome affects Southeastern bats during hibernation.

Moving Targets: Migration Increasingly Criminalized

From Quest: Recent UT graduate Valerie King is quickly becoming one of the planet’s brightest thinkers in the field of “crimmigration”—an emerging area of study focusing on the criminalization of immigration. “Migration is on the rise, and many governments are setting policies that criminalize migration, making various groups vulnerable to detention, imprisonment, and other types of harm,” King says. “Scholars around the world are trying to find the answers, and I hope to be one of them.”