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Supercomputer Research Sheds Light on the Death of Stars

Supernovae exhibit the most-energetic explosions, dispersing elements that make life possible into the universe. However, the energy source for the violent death of these massive stars is not known. Researchers using UT’s Kraken supercomputer have created three-dimensional simulations that have made great strides in uncovering the source.

The New Yorker: A Star in a Bottle

The New Yorker featured Brian Wirth, UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Computational Nuclear Engineering, in an article entitled

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UT Part of $140 Million White House Advanced Manufacturing Initiative

UT will be part of a national effort, announced today by President Barack Obama, which could lead to more fuel-efficient cars and decreased costs for ships and aircraft. Suresh Babu, UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Advanced Manufacturing, and a team of faculty, will help lead UT’s research effort in the $140 million Detroit-based institute, called the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation, or LM3I—one of two institutes announced today.

Thompson-Boling Arena Among First in World to Use Cutting-Edge Lighting

SuperSport installation at UT's Thompson-Boling Arena. Photo courtesy of LED North America

With the installation of LED fixtures, UT’s Thompson-Boling Arena is one of the first in the world to feature lights that are smaller, brighter, and up to 85 percent more efficient than conventional arena metal halide lights. The technology is being “premiered” at the state’s research university inside the largest on-campus single-sport arena in the country.

Bioenergy Expert Named Governor’s Chair

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Arthur Ragauskas, an authority in bioenergy, has been named the fifteenth UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. He will serve as Governor’s Chair for Biorefining, based in UT’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a complementary appointment in the UT Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries. He begins on June 1.

Engineering Professor Named to National Academy of Engineering

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George Pharr, Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Joint Faculty Scientist in the Materials Science and Technology Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been named to the National Academy of Engineering. He becomes the fifth NAE member in UT’s College of Engineering.

Engineering Research Shows Promise for Uses of “Wonder Material”

New research from the College of Engineering details a new technique for forming a two-dimensional, single-atom sheet of two different materials with a seamless boundary. The findings, published in Science, could help revolutionize the landscape of nanotechnology and electronics.

Zinkle and Smith Named American Physical Society Fellows

Steven Zinkle, UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Nuclear Materials, and Michael Smith, an adjunct professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, have been elected fellows of the American Physical Society.