The Gulf of Mexico may have a much greater natural ability to self-clean oil spills than previously believed, according to Terry Hazen, University of Tennessee—Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology. The bioremediation expert presented his Deepwater Horizon disaster research findings at the 245th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society
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Howard Hall, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for nuclear security, and several South Korean students studying at UT were interviewed by the Knoxville News Sentinel about North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. Hall said the chances of an attack by North Korean on U.S. soil are slim. “I think there is no credible threat that North Korea can pose
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.
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.
Honors and awards for UT Knoxville faculty and graduate students.
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.
A team of three professors has combined high-tech experiments with supercomputing to probe the function of critical enzymes called cytochrome P450s. Understanding the various internal motions these enzymes undergo to bind different drugs will aid in the design of medicines.
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.
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.
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.