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Research at UT May Improve Treatment of Acetaminophen Overdose Victims

Acetaminophen, or Tylenol, is commonly used in the United States to eliminate aches and pains and reduce fever with few side effects. However, the drug is the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States, and if liver damage is severe enough, the only lifesaving treatment is a liver transplant. A novel method developed at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT helps determine which patients will benefit from transplantation.

Cheek Signs Letter Urging Obama, Congress to Close Innovation Gap

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has joined 193 other US university leaders in signing a letter that urges President Barack Obama and members of Congress to close an “innovation deficit” by improving funding for scientific research and education. “At UT, we are doing great research that impacts people’s lives—but we could be doing so much more,” Cheek said. “Additional funding for research is directly linked to problem solving and job creation.”

Five UT Students Win Prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

From developing cheap biofuels to determining when people became monogamous, the research of some UT graduate students has gotten a boost from the National Science Foundation. Five students have received 2013 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees.

Two UT Scientists to Begin Searching for Potential Habitats for Life on Mars

Jeffrey Moersch

NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on Mars Sunday night. Then, the work began for two UT professors searching for potentially habitable environments on the red planet. Linda Kah and Jeffrey Moersch, associate professors in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, are an integral part of the NASA team working on the rover.

Navy Chooses UT for Large-Scale Contract

The UT National Defense Business Institute has been awarded the opportunity to participate in a large-scale, multi-year contract with the US Navy. The Navy has identified the institute as a prime contractor for research and development support through SeaPort-e, the Navy’s electronic platform for acquiring support services in twenty-two areas including engineering, financial management, and program management.

UT Ranks Highly in Nature Publishing Index

The University of Tennessee received high marks in the international realm for paper publishing. The prestigious journal, Nature, released its rankings for papers published in 2011 and UT ranked 47th in the world.

UT Symposium to Explore Communication Research

“Leaping Forward in Communication and Information Research” is the theme of the College of Communication and Information’s thirty-fourth annual Research Symposium on February 29 on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

UT Ranks #1 Worldwide in Supply Chain Management Research Productivity

The College of Business Administration ranks first worldwide in research productivity in the area of supply chain management and logistics. The ranking appears in the “International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management” and covers the 2008 to 2010 timeframe.

UT Announces Research Center for the Humanities


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Arts and Sciences has formed the University of Tennessee Humanities Center, a new program dedicated to facilitating and improving research opportunities in humanities disciplines.

Two UT Scientists Search for Potential Habitats for Life on Mars

Two UT Knoxville professors are searching for potential habitats for life on Mars. Linda Kah and Jeffrey Moersch, associate professors of earth and planetary sciences, are an integral part of a NASA team working on the Curiosity rover, which launched from the Kennedy Space Center on November 26 and is now hurtling toward the Red Planet.