UT Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have named physics professor Lee Riedinger as director of the UTK/ORNL Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education.
Can we stop climate change by pumping carbon into the Earth’s core? Could marine life on Earth be the key to discovering life on other planets? What did the world look like hundreds of millions of years ago? These are some questions that will be addressed at this year’s Goldschmidt Conference hosted by UT Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, June 13-18 at the Knoxville Convention Center in World’s Fair Park.
Researchers at UT Knoxville, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and six collaborating universities have performed an unprecedented nuclear reaction experiment that explores the unique properties of the “doubly magic” radioactive isotope of 132Sn, or tin-132.
The U.S. Department of Energy has extended the contract for the University of Tennessee and Battelle Memorial Institute to co-manage Oak Ridge National Laboratory for another five years, a decision that will significantly impact UT Knoxville.
Listen to an audio report on Thom Mason’s Fall 2009 Commencement address.
Last week we had the pleasure to announce the new UT Knoxville-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distinguished Fellowship. The program provides our campus with a groundbreaking opportunity to recruit top graduate students in the sciences. For the program to be successful in its first year, it is vital that we spread news of its creation far and wide, and we have a very short time frame in which to meet that goal.
UT’s supercomputer, Kraken, has broken a major barrier to become the world’s first academic supercomputer to enter the petascale, performing more than 1 thousand trillion operations per second, a landmark achievement.
Mercury pollution is a persistent problem in the environment. Human activity has led to increasingly large accumulations of the toxic chemical, especially in waterways, where fish and shellfish tend to act as sponges for the heavy metal. It’s that persistent and toxic nature that has flummoxed scientists for years in the quest to find ways to mitigate the dangers posed by the buildup of mercury in its most toxic form, methylmercury. A new discovery by scientists at UT Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, however, has shed new light on one of nature’s best mercury fighters: bacteria.
Thomas Zawodzinski, an expert and innovator in fuel cell and related energy storage science and technology, has been named the fifth UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair. Zawodzinski will serve in the chemical and biomolecular engineering department at UT Knoxville and in the physical chemistry of materials group in ORNL’s materials science and technology division.