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
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.
The environment has a more formidable opponent than carbon dioxide. Another greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide, is 300 times more potent and also destroys the ozone layer each time it is released into the atmosphere. Luckily, nature has a larger army than previously thought combating this greenhouse gas—according to a study by Frank Loeffler, Governor’s Chair for Microbiology, and his colleagues.
Faculty, staff, and students who are at the forefront of the campus’s environmental efforts were honored last week during at a ceremony held in Circle Park. Maria Rosales, a senior in environmental studies, and Carlos Gonzalez, a graduate student studying materials science, were honored along side Ruth Anne Hanahan, a senior research associate with the Tennessee Water Resources Research Center, and Claudia Rawn, an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
The campus’s Earth Month celebrations continue Friday, April 20, with the Environmental Leadership Awards and other festivities at Circle Park. The community is invited to enjoy the Recycled Art Competition, a cookout hosted by Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville (SPEAK), free bike tune-ups and more. The fun begins at 10:00 a.m.
Extension cords provide a convenient method of bringing AC power to a device that is not located near a power source. They are also often involved in electrical code and safety violations. The Office of Environmental Health and Safety offers some extension cord safety tips to the campus community.
This is the final week to nominate a university faculty or staff member or student for a 2012 Environmental Leadership Award. If you know of someone who goes the extra mile to promote environmental leadership on campus, complete the online nomination form by the end of Friday, March 23.
Duke University professor Rob Jackson will be at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on Thursday to kick off this semester’s energy-environmental forum with a discussion of the link between the “hydrofracking” method of shale gas extraction and methane contamination of drinking water.
UT Knoxville is being honored again for its sustainability efforts. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy gave UT the Green Power Leadership Award for the campus’s commitment to advancing renewable energy.
On April 20th, British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling platform exploded. WUOT 91.9 FM’s Chrissy Keuper spoke with UT Knoxville professor Gregory Button, who studies environmental disasters and recovery, including the Exxon Valdez oil spill and Hurricane Katrina.