ORNL News

Nuclear Engineering Welcomes Noted Expert to Faculty

The Department of Nuclear Engineering welcomed Richard Wood as a full-time professor in January. Wood recently retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he held a joint appointment with UT.

Physicist Helped Discover New Elements Recently Added to Periodic Table

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A UT physicist has been instrumental in the discovery of four new super-heavy chemical elements—atomic numbers 113, 115, 117, and 118—recently added to the periodic table. Robert Grzywacz, along with collaborators at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, developed the software used in the equipment that detects the new elements and helps analyze data from the experiments.

UT-ORNL Breakthrough Aims to Improve Tech Gadgets, TVs

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Phones, tablets, computers, and even televisions use touchscreen technology, which relies on substances that contain rare and costly elements. Now, thanks to a breakthrough led by UT’s College of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, that problem could soon be in the past.

JICS Helps Initiate Big Data Regional Innovation Hub

Answers to some of the most important problems affecting society are nestled in massive mounds of data awaiting analysis. A new initiative that addresses that challenge was announced Monday, with the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences serving as one of the founding organizations and participants.

UT, ORNL Host Academic-Industry Meeting on National Lab Partnerships

UT, in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will host more than 200 university leaders and heads of industry this week at the 21st General Meeting of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership. UIDP21 will be held October 13–16 at the Hilton Downtown Knoxville and the ORNL campus.

Postdoctoral Fellow Honored for Helping Advance Latinas in Tech Field

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Postdoctoral fellow Andrea Rocha, who works on Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology Terry Hazen’s joint UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory team, was chosen as one of thirty-two women worldwide to be profiled in Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology magazine’s “Latinas at Tech Giants” edition.

Secretary of Commerce Visits UT Partner IACMI

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The U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, visited the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation Thursday as part of a two-day tour of the institutes that make up the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.

Wirth Receives Top DOE Honor, Credits UT-ORNL Partnership

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The US Department of Energy has named Brian Wirth, a joint UT College of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory appointee, an Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award winner for 2014. Given by the DOE in recognition of research supporting science, energy, or national security, it is considered the highest achievement that a midcareer researcher can receive.