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UT Names Advanced Manufacturing Expert as Eleventh Governor’s Chair

Sudarsanam Suresh Babu, an authority in the production, design, and performance of transforming materials into parts, has been named the eleventh University of Tennessee–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. Babu will serve as Governor’s Chair for Advanced Manufacturing. He begins on July 1. Babu is a professor in the Welding Engineering Program in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University,

WBIR: UT trains next generation of nuclear security

WBIR-TV highlighted UT’s Institute for Nuclear Security in light of North Korea testing its third nuclear bomb. Governor’s Chair for Nuclear Security Howard Hall leads the institute and said the field desperately needs more young people to replace an aging generation of nuclear experts.

Research Highlighted by American Physical Society

A piece by Jeremy Smith, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Molecular Biophysics, and Alexei Sokolov, Governor’s Chair for Polymer Science, is currently the spotlight on the American Physical Society’s Physics page. Entitled “Elastic and Conformational Softness of a Globula Protein,” the piece examines certain protein behaviors such as why protein flexibility sometimes increases dramatically with temperature.

UT Study: Unexpected Microbes Fighting Harmful Greenhouse Gas

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.