It’s not thinking in the way humans, dogs or even birds think, but new findings from researchers at UT Knoxville show that bacteria are more capable of complex decision-making than previously known. The discovery sets a landmark in research to understand the way bacteria are able to respond and adapt to changes in their environment, a trait shared by nearly all living things, and it could lead to innovations in fields from medicine to agriculture.
UT Knoxville has more new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science than any other university in the South. AAAS has named 11 UT Knoxville faculty members to the 2010 class of fellows. In addition to once again besting all other regional universities, UT Knoxville has the second most new AAAS Fellows nationally, tied with Cornell University.
UT Knoxville and ORNL have established a new Distinguished Fellowship designed to attract top graduate students in science and engineering. The first-of-its-kind program will provide students with an unparalleled opportunity to take part in cutting-edge research at both institutions and build on similar programs to attract to research faculty. Recruiting is now under way for the inaugural class of students, who will be admitted for fall 2010. The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2010.
NVIDIA Corp. has recognized the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Innovative Computing Laboratory (ICL) as a CUDA Center of Excellence, noting its adoption of the CUDA programming model in its curriculum, as well as its pioneering research into the development of linear algebra libraries for the high-performance computing community.
UT Knoxville has joined with Indiana University and a group of eight other national and international partners to explore new frontiers in scientific computing as part of the FutureGrid, a new $15 million project largely supported by a $10.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation. UT Knoxville Distinguished Scientist Jack Dongarra is leading the campus’ involvement in the new program through the Innovative Computing Laboratory, which he oversees.
East Tennessee is now home to two of the world’s three fastest computers, according to new rankings released today. The Top500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers places UT supercomputer Kraken in third place, where it also holds the title of world’s fastest academic supercomputer, while ORNL’s Jaguar computer took first place overall.
In the quest to make hydrogen as a clean alternative fuel source, researchers have been stymied about how to create usable hydrogen that is clean and sustainable without relying on an intensive, high-energy process that outweighs the benefits of not using petroleum to power vehicles. New findings from a team of researchers from UT Knoxville and ORNL, however, show that photosynthesis — the process by which plants regenerate using energy from the sun — may function as that clean, sustainable source of hydrogen.
Randy Gentry has been named the new president and CEO of the University of Tennessee Research Foundation, the not-for-profit organization responsible for commercializing technology that emerges from the University of Tennessee.
Frank Loeffler, a leading expert in environmental microbiology and the use of bacteria to clean and protect environmental resources, has been named the sixth UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair. Loeffler will serve in the departments of microbiology and civil and environmental engineering at UT Knoxville and in ORNL’s biological and environmental sciences directorate.
The Construction Industry Research and Policy Center at UT Knoxville has received a $9.3-million, five-year grant to assist the U.S. Department of Labor in measuring prevailing rates for construction workers working on federal construction projects throughout the nation. The center — part of the College of Business Administration — will conduct wage and benefit surveys of construction labor markets throughout the nation.