College of Arts and Sciences spotlights Emily Bivens, associate professor of art, and Alison Buchan, associate professor of microbiology, as faculty trailblazers as part of Faculty Appreciation Week 2015.
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Jeffrey Becker, professor and department head of microbiology and a Chancellor’s Professor, is the first recipient of the newly established David and Sandra White Faculty Award in Microbiology.
The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT will have new leadership beginning in January. Colleen Jonsson, an expert in infectious disease dynamics and molecular virology, has been named the new NIMBioS director. She will begin January 2015.
Steven Wilhelm, professor of microbiology, has been appointed Kenneth and Blaire Mossman Professor. The five-year appointment began August 1, 2014, and continues through the end of the 2018-19 academic year. The professorship in the College of Arts and Sciences was generously endowed in 2010 by alumni Kenneth and Blaire Mossman formerly of Scottsdale, Arizona.
Multiple news outlets have featured the research of microbiology assistant professor Jill Mikucki. She was part of a team that examined waters and sediments from a shallow lake deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheet and found the extreme environment supports microbial ecosystems. The National Science Foundation-funded research has implications for life in other extreme environments,
UT research finds life can persist in a cold, dark world. A UT microbiology assistant professor was part of a team that examined waters and sediments from a shallow lake deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheet and found the extreme environment supports microbial ecosystems.
When faculty members Karen Lloyd and Andrew Steen saw an opportunity to introduce a group of inner-city New Jersey high school students to science, they made it happen. Lloyd, an assistant professor of microbiology, and her husband, Steen, an assistant professor of earth and planetary sciences, just completed their second summer program with students and teachers from Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark.
A study led by Karen Lloyd, assistant professor of microbiology, has been listed as one of the top five research discoveries in Denmark by Ingenioren, which translates to “The Engineer.” The study, published in Nature, reveals that these microscopic life-forms called archaea slowly eat tiny bits of protein. To view the article, visit the Ingenioren
The Knoxville News Sentinel featured a professor who hopes his cutting-edge research with bioluminescent zebrafish leads to cures for some human diseases is among the recipients of funding from the UT Research Foundation Multi-Disciplinary office. Steve Ripp, research assistant professor in the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, is among eight groups of faculty inventors at UT
Technology developed by UT researchers that lights up cells to enable study of the effects of drugs and monitor disease is among The Scientist magazine’s top ten innovations of 2013. Most bioluminescent tests, or tests that light up cells, only temporarily generate a light signal. The UT technology genetically modifies the cells so they light up in response to specific stimuli that can be monitored over time.