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UT Part of $140 Million White House Advanced Manufacturing Initiative

UT will be part of a national effort, announced today by President Barack Obama, which could lead to more fuel-efficient cars and decreased costs for ships and aircraft. Suresh Babu, UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Advanced Manufacturing, and a team of faculty, will help lead UT’s research effort in the $140 million Detroit-based institute, called the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation, or LM3I—one of two institutes announced today.

Bioenergy Expert Named Governor’s Chair

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Arthur Ragauskas, an authority in bioenergy, has been named the fifteenth UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. He will serve as Governor’s Chair for Biorefining, based in UT’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a complementary appointment in the UT Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries. He begins on June 1.

PBS: Small Is Big, How Bacteria Will Make Our World Cleaner and Healthier

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PBS featured research by Terry Hazen, UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology, which investigated Gulf of Mexico bacteria populations following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. His research uncovered oil degrading micro-organisms. To view the story, visit the PBS website.

Four Faculty Named AAAS Fellows

For studies that focus on green energy and 3D printing, four UT professors, including two UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chairs, are being recognized for their teaching and research. The faculty members have been named by the American Association for the Advancement of Science to its 2013 class of fellows.

NPR: Science On Shaky Ground As Automatic Budget Cutbacks Drag On

National Public Radio featured the sequestration effects on research by Governor’s Chair for Molecular Biophysics Jeremy Smith and graduate student Sally Ellingson who use Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s supercomputer, Titan. Grant agencies like the National Science Foundation are only funding roughly 1 in 5 of the proposals it receives now, reported NPR. Smith said he’s

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WATE-TV: ORNL and UT researchers work to protect people from deadly chemical gases

WATE-TV Anchor Lori Tucker spoke with Jeremy Smith, Governor’s Chair for Molecular Biophysics and director of the UT/Oak Ridge National Laboratory Center for Molecular Biophysics, about ongoing research to engineer enzymes to chemically transform sarin into harmless molecules. The end result could be A prophylactic treatment  to be taken before an attack, rendering the chemical

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UT Names Nuclear Materials Expert as Governor’s Chair

Steve Zinkle, an authority on the effect of radiation on materials in fission and fusion nuclear reactors, has been named the thirteenth University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. Zinkle will serve as Governor’s Chair for Nuclear Materials, based in the department of nuclear engineering at UT with a complementary appointment in materials science and engineering. He begins at UT on October 1.

Solar Nanotechnology Expert Named as Governor’s Chair

Ramamoorthy Ramesh, an authority in the physics of functional materials, has been named the twelfth University of Tennessee–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. He has also been appointed as deputy director for science and technology at ORNL.

C&EN: After The Deepwater Horizon Disaster

The work of Terry Hazen, Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology, as featured in a Chemical and Engineering News article about the Deepwater Horizon disaster. His research has found that the spill dramatically altered the microbial population structure in the waters. He and colleagues detected 951 bacterial subfamilies in uncontaminated Gulf of Mexico water. In the

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