department of physics News

UT Connection to New Element Tennessine Garners National Coverage

A team of scientists from Tennessee has helped discover a new element that might bring the Volunteer State to the 117th slot on the periodic table. The name, “Tennessine,” recognizes the contribution of researchers at UT, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Vanderbilt University. Robert Grzywacz, director of the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Nuclear Physics and Applicationsand

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Retired Physics Professor John Quinn Named Chancellor Emeritus


Physics Professor John Quinn, who served as chancellor of UT from 1989 to 1992 under then-president Lamar Alexander, has been named chancellor emeritus. Quinn recently retired after a fifty-seven-year career in academics, twenty-six years of which were spent at UT.