Research News

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.

UT Researchers to Meet with Potential Investors at Conference

Several University of Tennessee researchers will be connecting with potential investors and entrepreneurs at the Tennessee Innovation Conference and Venture Showcase, sponsored by the Tennessee Technology Development Corporation (TTDC), May 10 – 11 in Nashville. The event aims to serve as a catalyst for transformational economic development impact by facilitating dialogue between scientists and venture capitalists and other risk capital investors.

Undergraduate Research Grows at UT Knoxville

Playing the violin has been a way of life for Rachel Grubb, and she had the chance to display her gift at UT Knoxville’s first ever research week. The week put the spotlight on undergraduate researchers, scholars, artists and performers with a concert, an honors symposium, an art competition and a student paper competition. Grubb and hundreds of other students showed off their diverse talents in areas ranging from music to art to science to business.

EURēCA Competition Awards Top Undergraduate Researchers

The leading undergraduate researchers of UT Knoxville were recognized last week at the 14th annual Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA) competition. More than 200 undergraduate researchers vied for the top spots in numerous concentrations ranging from engineering to music.

UT Knoxville Undergraduates Launch Research Journal

A publication by undergraduate students at UT Knoxville is breaking new ground. The journal, entitled Pursuit: The Journal of Undergraduate Research at the University of Tennessee, is the first publication of only undergraduate research at UT Knoxville, and one of a small number in the national university community.