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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.

News Sentinel: LED North America, Bandit install new lights at Thompson Boling

Several media outlets including the Knoxville News Sentinel featured a new cost efficient and energy saving lighting system in Thompson-Boling Arena which was developed and installed by locally-based Bandit-LED North America. Called the SuperSport, the LED fixture uses graphite foam technology under exclusive license from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It’s smaller, lighter and brighter than traditional

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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.

WSJ: What Has the Titan Supercomputer Been Up To Lately? You Won’t Believe It.

A blogger for the Wall Street Journal covered research conducted by UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists. Using first a smaller supercomputer named Anton, scientists at ORNL, UT, and the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Computational Sciences simulated the behavior of 140,000 atoms from the biological signaling mechanisms in E. coli cells. Identifying this amino

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PBS: Small Is Big, How Bacteria Will Make Our World Cleaner and Healthier

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PBS featured research by Terry Hazen, UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology, which investigated Gulf of Mexico bacteria populations following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. His research uncovered oil degrading micro-organisms. To view the story, visit the PBS website.

Supercomputer Research Finds Molecular Switch that Controls Cell Behavior

Using supercomputing power, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the UT–ORNL Joint Institute for Computational Sciences have discovered a molecular “switch” in a receptor that controls cell behavior. The finding can help in medical drug development. To read more, visit ORNL’s website.