The Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons in attacks on its own people is raising questions in the research community about the need to counteract such activity, according to two experts at the University of Tennessee. The Knoxville News Sentinel recently interviewed Jeremy Smith, a governor’s chair researcher at UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the director of the UT/ORNL Center for Molecular Biophysics, and Howard Hall, also a governor’s chair and director of the Institute for Nuclear Security at UT. Both experts expressed a need for more research on counteracting these chemical weapons.
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Research being conducted in the Tickle College of Engineering seeks to anticipate and answer questions about nuclear security and possible threats.
Howard Hall discussed what security measures are taken on campus to safeguard nuclear material with NPR.
The ability to pinpoint and track the movement of a “dirty bomb”—a device that combines conventional explosives and radioactive material—could save hundreds or even thousands of lives by eliminating the threat before it reaches the target.
A class of UT nuclear engineering students recently got the educational opportunity of a lifetime, thanks to the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.
The International Journal of Nuclear Security, a peer-reviewed journal that publishes scholarly articles and research related to all aspects of nuclear security, is now available online and free to the public.
The Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet featured an in-depth piece on the research of Howard Hall, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for nuclear security; Steven Skutnik, assistant nuclear engineering professor; and graduate student Mike Willis. Materials for making deadly dirty bombs are easily accessible. The group has developed a mobile, low-cost device to locate dirty bombs and other
Huban Gowadia, director of Domestic Nuclear Detection Office in the US Department of Homeland Security, spoke to faculty and students at UT’s Institute for Nuclear Security, a key university partner of the office. UT is actively engaged in two of the office’s grant programs which include the Academic Research Initiative and National Nuclear Forensics Expertise
Though recent suicide bombings in Volgograd may be an attempt to create fear in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics next month, anyone planning to visit Russia for the games should take precautions, Howard Hall, the UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for nuclear security, told the Knoxville News Sentinel. “You can interpret these early events as them
Lorna Greening, an independent economic consultant and researcher based in Chattanooga, has been named a fellow in energy and environmental policy at the Baker Center. Greening has more than thirty years of experience in the energy industry, including consulting, research, academia, the public utility industry, and the petroleum industry as an exploration geologist.