Research News

UT Professor Uncovers Clues into How Viruses Jump From Hosts

HIV-AIDS. SARS. Ebola. Bird Flu. Swine Flu. Rabies. These are emerging infectious diseases where the viruses have jumped from one animal species into another and now infect humans. Gary McCracken, a UT Knoxville professor and department head in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is one of those scientists and has made a groundbreaking discovery into how viruses jump from host to host.

UT-based Fiber Optic Network Expands Global Reach

The Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development, or GLORIAD, is a network of fiber-optic rings that circles the world to allow scientists, students and educators to collaborate in solving some of the planet’s biggest science problems. The network is expanding its reach internationally and in our own backyard.

UT Researchers Discover Water on the Moon is Widespread, Similar to Earth’s

Researchers at UT Knoxville are once again turning what scientists thought they knew about the moon on its head. Last fall, researchers discovered “lunar dew” on the moon’s surface — absorbed “water” in the uppermost layers of lunar soil. Now, scientists have discovered that water on the moon is more widespread — on the outside and inside of the moon — with some similarities to water in volcanic systems on Earth.

UT Researchers: English Ivy May Give Sunblock a Makeover

Mingjun Zhang, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at UT Knoxville, along with his research team and collaborators, has found that ivy nanoparticles may protect skin from UV radiation at least four times better than the metal-based sunblocks founds on store shelves today.

Radiation Expert Wirth Named Ninth UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair

Brian Wirth, an authority in the ways materials behave in extreme environments, has been named the ninth University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. Wirth is currently an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley, which he joined in 2002 following several years as a materials scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Wirth leads a number of research projects funded by various U.S. Department of Energy offices to investigate the performance of nuclear fuels and structural materials in nuclear environments.

UT Linguist Plans Historic Meeting of Plains Indian Sign Talkers

A linguist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will convene a historic gathering of Native American sign language users this summer on the northern Great Plains. Jeffrey Davis, an associate professor in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, is identifying Plains Indian sign talkers who use the elaborate language so that it can be documented and revitalized in native communities. The conference will be held August 12-15 on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in southeastern Montana. It is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through its Documenting Endangered Languages program.

Students Across the Country Come to UT for NIMBioS Research Programs

UT professors conducting research at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis will get help this summer from undergraduates coming from around the country to participate in the Research Experience for Undergraduates and Research Experience for Veterinary programs.

New ‘Doubly Magic’ Research Reveals Role of Nuclear Shell

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.