College of Arts and Sciences News

Four Faculty Named AAAS Fellows

For studies that focus on green energy and 3D printing, four UT professors, including two UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chairs, are being recognized for their teaching and research. The faculty members have been named by the American Association for the Advancement of Science to its 2013 class of fellows.

Pregame Showcase to Feature Scientific Computing Expert

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Before the Vols’ football game against Vanderbilt on Saturday, fans can learn about the past, present, and future of scientific computing at the College of Arts and Sciences Pregame Showcase. Steven Wise, associate professor of mathematics, will discuss the evolution of scientific computing and look at the challenges that lie ahead beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the UC Ballroom. This is the final Pregame Showcase of the season.

U.S. News and World Report: Bill Gates’ Condom Campaign, An Effort to Save Lives in Africa

indexChemistry professor Jimmy Mays has responded to a challenge by Bill and Melinda Gates with a design that will encourage condom use in developing countries. He has received $100,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for research and development of a prototype. Mays’s innovative condom design incorporates his work with superelastomers—polymers that can be repeatedly stretched further than existing rubbers without permanently deforming the shape of the material.

Professor Receives Gates Foundation Award to Reinvent Condom, Improve Global Health

Jimmy Mays in his lab with students.

Condoms have the power to make the world healthier by preventing disease and unplanned pregnancies, yet they are vastly underutilized. Chemistry Professor Jimmy Mays responded to a challenge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with a design that will encourage condom use in developing countries. He has received $100,000 from the foundation for research and development of a prototype.

Expert on Treatment of Malaria to Speak at Last Science Forum

Current research of the treatment of malaria is the topic of the final Science Forum of the semester. Nathan Schmidt, assistant professor of microbiology, will present “A ‘Sweet’ Approach to Treating Malaria” on Friday, November 22. Schmidt’s presentation begins at noon in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Attendees can bring lunch or purchase it at the arena.

Two Professors Receive UTRF Maturation Funding

This year the UT Research Foundation is awarding $120,000 to eight inventors. Two professors are recipients of the maturation awards. Steve Ripp, research assistant professor in the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, received support for developing bioluminescent zebrafish as a tool for high-throughput drug screening. Ziling (Ben) Xue, professor in chemistry, received an award for a novel chemical sensor with high sensitivity toward biodiesel contaminant in jet fuel and diesel.