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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.

Team of Six Governor’s Chairs Complement Campus Research Base

Five new members of the UT Knoxville faculty — Howard Hall, Frank Loeffler, Yilu Liu, Alexei Sokolov and Thomas Zawodzinski, along with Jeremy Smith, hired in 2006 — have already made their presence known throughout campus and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Microbiologist and Environmental Engineer Loeffler Named Sixth UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair

Frank Loeffler, a leading expert in environmental microbiology and the use of bacteria to clean and protect environmental resources, has been named the sixth UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair. Loeffler will serve in the departments of microbiology and civil and environmental engineering at UT Knoxville and in ORNL’s biological and environmental sciences directorate.

Energy Conservation and Storage Expert Zawodzinski Named Fifth UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair

Thomas Zawodzinski, an expert and innovator in fuel cell and related energy storage science and technology, has been named the fifth UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair. Zawodzinski will serve in the chemical and biomolecular engineering department at UT Knoxville and in the physical chemistry of materials group in ORNL’s materials science and technology division.