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Beyond Beijing: Seoul Nuclear Summit

Howard Hall, director of the Institute for Nuclear Security and UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for nuclear security, was a panelist on the radio show “Beyond Beijing” out of Beijing, China. Hall discussed the second Nuclear Security Summit which concluded in Seoul, South Korea. While battling current event divergences, world leaders striven to map out a safer future for nuclear energy development.

Environmental Microbiology Expert Terry Hazen Named Governor’s Chair

Terry Hazen, an environmental biologist and authority on bioremediation and bioenergy with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been named the tenth University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. Hazen will serve as the Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology. He begins on December 1. Hazen will also hold a joint appointment with the microbiology and earth and planetary sciences departments of UT’s College of Arts and Sciences.

UT Scientist Uncovers Trigger to Fatal Neurodegenerative Disease

Jeremy Smith, Governor’s Chair for Molecular Biophysics at UT Knoxville, has helped reveal a key trigger of Gerstmann–Sträussler–Scheinker syndrome, a rare but deadly neurodegenerative disease. The finding could have far-reaching implications for the treatment of other neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, and Parkinson’s.

‘Fingerprints’ Match Molecular Simulations with Reality

Governor’s Chair Jeremy Smith is bringing supercomputer simulations and experimental results closer together by identifying common “fingerprints.” Smith’s research will be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Governor’s Chair Discusses Super Bowl Power Surge

On Super Bowl Sunday, when over 100 million viewers take a commercial break to open the refrigerator, put something in the microwave or use the bathroom, they will probably contribute to a surge in the nation’s power grid. Last week, UT Governor’s Chair Yilu Liu described how the university is working to learn how to control the power grid.

UT Science Forum: Governor’s Chair Speaks About Smart Electrical Grids

Yilu Liu, an electrical engineering professor in the College of Engineering and UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s fourth Governor’s Chair, will speak at the UT Science Forum on Friday, Oct. 22, on her research to develop the next generation of electrical power grids.

Radiation Expert Weber Named Eighth UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair

William Weber, an authority in the ways radiation interacts with materials, has been named the eighth University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. Weber will serve in the department of materials science and engineering at UT Knoxville and in ORNL’s materials science and technology division.