Department of Physics and Astronomy News

Professors Receive NSF’s CAREER Award

Three professors at UT have received National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards. David Jenkins, an assistant professor in chemistry; Jaan Mannik, an assistant professor in physics; and Jeff Reinbolt, an assistant professor of mechanical, aerospace, and biomedical engineering, will use the monetary awards to support their research and educational activities.

Professor in Physics Receives NSF’s CAREER Award

Jaan Mannik, assistant professor of physics, has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. The CAREER award is the NSF’s most prestigious honor for junior faculty who demonstrate outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

New Leader Named to UT-ORNL Supercomputer Center

Tony Mezzacappa

Tony Mezzacappa, a leader in the field of astrophysics and supernova science, has been named director of the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Mezzacappa is a world leader in computational astrophysics and a pioneer in the field of supernova science.

Space Institute Researchers Make Clinical Trials a Virtual Reality

Ying-Ling Chen examines data for the digital Eye Bank.

Clinical trials can be time-consuming, expensive and intrusive, but they are also necessary. Researchers at the UT Space Institute in Tullahoma have developed an invention that makes clinical trials more efficient by moving them into the virtual world.

Weitering Heads Physics, Astronomy

Hanno Weitering

Hanno Weitering is the new department head in physics and astronomy. Weitering has a joint UT/ORNL appointment as professor and is associate director of the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials. Before coming to UT Knoxville in 1993, he spent two years as a Benjamin Franklin Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, working in the research lab of E. Ward Plummer.

Space Institute Researchers Develop Laser Technology to Fight Cancer

Researchers at the Center for Laser Applications at the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma have developed a technology that goes on a “seek and destroy” mission for cancerous tumors. They have harnessed the power of lasers to find, map, and non-invasively destruct cancerous tumors.

Three Researchers Win CAREER Awards

Kivanc Ekici

Three UT Knoxville faculty members have received substantial support from the National Science Foundation to pursue early-career research projects. Chemist Jon Philip Camden, physicist Norman Mannella, and aeronautic engineer Kivanc Ekici have received NSF CAREER awards, the foundation’s most prestigious award for junior faculty.

UT Hosts Conference to Encourage Women to Pursue Physics

UT Knoxville will host a conference this week to encourage women studying physics to buck the trend by staying in their technical fields and succeeding in their careers. The Southeast Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics is a three-and-a-half-day conference for undergraduate physics majors. This conference aims to increase the number of women in physics by providing support to female physicists.

UT Welcomes Fans, Alumni to Homecoming Game Saturday

UT Knoxville welcomes football fans and alumni to campus Saturday for Homecoming. Kickoff for the Volunteers’ game against the Rebels of the University of Mississippi is scheduled for 12:11 p.m. ET. Gates open at 10 a.m. CBS Sports will televise the game.