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


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.

UT Receives Funding from Intel to Push Supercomputing Limits, Establish Center

Imagine going to the doctor and the doctor peering into your genetic code to determine the best medicine to treat what ails you. The campus has received funding from computer chip maker Intel to develop computer codes to make personalized medicine like this and other transformative scientific discoveries possible.

Solar Decathlon House Continues to Yield Data

Students and faculty hope their innovations from last year’s Department of Energy Solar Decathlon benefit teams gearing up for the 2013 contest. The U.S. Department of Energy’s biannual international competition challenges teams of students to design and build low- to zero-energy homes, learning about solar power and sustainable design along the way.

Nazarewicz Named UT-Battelle Corporate Fellow

Witold Nazarewicz, James McConnell Distinguished Professor of Physics, has been selected as a 2013 UT-Battelle Corporate Fellow. The rank of corporate fellow –among Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s highest honors—recognizes the researchers’ significant accomplishments and continuing leadership in their scientific, engineering and technological fields.

Solar Nanotechnology Expert Named as Governor’s Chair

Ramamoorthy Ramesh, an authority in the physics of functional materials, has been named the twelfth University of Tennessee–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. He has also been appointed as deputy director for science and technology at ORNL.

News Sentinel: UT-ORNL hire advanced manufacturing expert as 11th Governor’s Chair

The Knoxville News Sentinel wrote a story about UT and ORNL’s t11th joint Governor’s Chair, an advanced manufacturing expert from Ohio State University. Sudarsanam Suresh Babu, a professor in the Welding Engineering Program in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has conducted research that has helped develop 3D printing — the layering of materials

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UT Names Advanced Manufacturing Expert as Eleventh Governor’s Chair

Sudarsanam Suresh Babu, an authority in the production, design, and performance of transforming materials into parts, has been named the eleventh University of Tennessee–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. Babu will serve as Governor’s Chair for Advanced Manufacturing. He begins on July 1. Babu is a professor in the Welding Engineering Program in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University,

Scientists Solve Mercury Mystery

By identifying two genes required for transforming inorganic into organic mercury, which is far more toxic, UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) scientists today have taken a significant step toward protecting human health. The question of how methylmercury, an organic form of mercury, is produced by natural processes in the environment has stumped scientists for decades, but a team comprised of four researchers at UT has solved the puzzle.

Research Highlighted by American Physical Society

A piece by Jeremy Smith, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Molecular Biophysics, and Alexei Sokolov, Governor’s Chair for Polymer Science, is currently the spotlight on the American Physical Society’s Physics page. Entitled “Elastic and Conformational Softness of a Globula Protein,” the piece examines certain protein behaviors such as why protein flexibility sometimes increases dramatically with temperature.