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Bacteria the Newest Tool in Detecting Environmental Damage

Terry Hazen

Terry Hazen, the Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology, a joint UT-ORNL appointment, is working with a team of researchers who have developed a method of using bacteria to help test for the presence of a wide array of pollutants.

UT Research: Conservation Organizations Need to Keep Up with Nature


A new paper authored by UT professor suggests that in order to cope, conservation organizations need to adapt like the organisms they seek to protect. The paper, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, argues that conservation organizations need to be bolder in their adaptation efforts given the rate and extent of the ecological changes that are coming.

UT Part of Multistate Effort to Solve the Mississippi’s Blues


The Mississippi River and its tributaries have provided water, transportation, and sustenance for people living along the water’s edge since well before Europeans set foot in the New World. A new group is helping make sure that role continues well into the future.

College of Engineering Dean Addresses Conference in China


Wayne Davis, dean of the College of Engineering, was one of the invited speakers at the 2014 International Conference on Engineering Science and Technology in Beijing. The conference, Engineering and the Future of Humankind, was sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization; the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences; and the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

UT Earth Month Kicks Off Next Week With “Green” Events

Next week marks the beginning of UT’s eighth annual Earth Month. “This year’s event will feature numerous student and community organizations coming together to increase awareness of what we are doing to make the campus and Knoxville a more sustainable place to live, work, and play,” said UT Sustainability Manager Preston Jacobsen.

Times Free Press: UT professor to research carbon in soil

The Chattanooga Times Free Press interviewed Aimee Classen, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, who has received more than $880,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to investigate often-overlooked carbon cycle players. Classen and her team will examine factors that influence carbon cycling below the ground and are not included in today’s carbon-cycle models. They

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Science Omega: Unexpected numbers of microbes are fighting nitrous oxide

Frank Loeffler, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Microbiology, was featured in Science-Omega for his research involving nitrous oxide. Loeffler and his international team has discovered that the range of microorganisms which combat the greenhouse gas is broader than expected.