Researchers at UT are a step closer to creating a prophylactic drug that would neutralize the deadly effects of the chemical weapons used in Syria and elsewhere. Jeremy Smith, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair and an expert in computational biology, is part of the team that is trying to engineer enzymes—called bioscavengers—so they work more efficiently against chemical weapons.
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Philip Enquist, partner in charge of urban design and planning and leader of the City Design Practice at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, has been named the sixteenth UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill is one of the world’s leading urban planning, architecture, and engineering firms. Enquist and a select research team will serve as Governor’s Chair for High Performance Energy Practices in Urban Environments.
UT’s Howard Hall, a Governor’s Chair in the Department of Nuclear Engineering in the College of Engineering, Natalie Manayeva, a research assistant at the Institute for Nuclear Security, and Dean Rice, adjunct faculty member and former congressional aide, have had an article they wrote on the situation in Ukraine featured by CNN and a Czech Republic newspaper, Neviditelný Pes.
The New Yorker featured Brian Wirth, UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Computational Nuclear Engineering, in an article entitled “A Star in a Bottle.” The article is about the international collaboration to build a fusion reactor called the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, or ITER. The article likens the reactor to bottling up a star
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.
The Detroit News featured a White House announcement of a new project called the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation, or LM3I, of which UT is a partner. The project puts a focus on lighter, yet stronger materials which will help improve the performance, enhance the safety, and boost the energy and fuel efficiency of
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 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.
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.
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