National Science Foundation News

UT’s Parker Selected as National Science Foundation Division Director

When an accomplished faculty member takes a new position with another institution, it typically isn’t cause for celebration. However, when that institution is the National Science Foundation and the professor can continue working with their school—as is the case with UT’s Lynne Parker—it is a double bonus for the university.

CURENT Honored with Spot In USA Science and Engineering Festival

The National Science Foundation area of the USA Science and Engineering Festival will have a UT feel thanks to a spot in the prestigious event going to CURENT, the Center for Ultra-Wide-Area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks. Housed in the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building in UT’s College of Engineering, CURENT is a UT-led multi-institution research group focused on making the electrical grid more efficient, particularly in the area of energy transportation.

Physics Professor Wins a Third NSF CAREER Grant For Department

Haidong Zhou, an assistant professor in physics and astronomy, is not a scientist who is easily daunted by frustration. In fact, his latest research deals with materials that have frustration built right in. The project, titled “Emergent Quantum Spin-Liquid in Yb-Pyrochlores and Yb-Spinels,” begins August 1 of this year and lasts for five years. The

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WVLT-TV: Flipper on Line 1? UT researchers closer to figuring out how dolphins talk

WVLT-TV featured research at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis which has developed a method to help decipher dolphin communications. The method focuses more on changes in pitch than frequency, so scientists could assign hundreds of signature whistles to over twenty individual dolphins. To read the whole story, visit WVLT’s website.  

Tennessee High School Students’ Work at UT Published in Top Science Journal

Hayes Griffin (left) and Dalton Chaffee (right) present their award-winning research at the international meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology. Photo credit: NIMBioS

Tennessee high school students Dalton Chaffee and Hayes Griffin have now done what many scientists strive for: publishing their research in a top science journal. Chaffee and Griffin worked with mentor R. Tucker Gilman, a former postdoctoral research fellow at UT’s National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) to study mate choice. Their work was published this week in the journal Evolution.

Reuters, AP, and News Sentinel: UT research center receives $18.6 million grant

A National Science Foundation grant renewal for a high profile national research center at UT, National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis or NIMBioS, has been featured in hundreds of news outlets including Reuters, the AP, and Knoxville News Sentinel. The institute uses mathematics to study biological issues has received a second $18.6 million renewal

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NIMBioS Wins $18 Million Renewal Award from National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $18.6 million to UT for the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) to continue its interdisciplinary efforts in developing new mathematical approaches to problems across biology, from the level of the genome to individuals to entire ecosystems.