Research News

UT’s Kraken Named World’s Third Most Powerful Computer, ORNL’s Jaguar No. 1

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.

UT Knoxville and ORNL Researchers Turn Algae into High-Temperature Hydrogen Source

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 Named New President of UT Research Foundation

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.

Microbiologist and Environmental Engineer Loeffler Named Sixth UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair

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.

UT’s Construction Center Wins $9.3 Million Contract from U.S. Labor Department

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.

UT Launches Center for the Study of Social Justice

With the goal of shedding light on society’s most pressing social issues, UT Knoxville has formed the Center for the Study of Social Justice. Based in UT’s Department of Sociology, the center provides a framework for scholars of sociology, psychology, education, social work, law, geography, political science and philosophy, among others, to collaborate on research and share insights about the conflicts, complexities and contradictions related to social justice. The center aims to produce science-based solutions for everyday problems.

UT Retail Faculty Rank High in Research Productivity

The amount of research being done by retail faculty at UT Knoxville ranks in the top 20 internationally and in the top five nationally, according to published studies recently done by two members of the Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management department. Assistant Professor Rodney Runyan and doctoral candidate Jonghan Hyun studied faculty and program productivity in the retail discipline at colleges and universities around the world.

UT Knoxville Video Most-Watched on SEC Academic Network

The ratings are in, and UT Knoxville’s National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, or NIMBioS, is at the top of the charts. A video about the year-old National Science Foundation research center is the most-watched video on the SEC Academic Network, a new Web site that hosts academically-oriented videos from all the schools of the Southeastern Conference.

Mathematics Colloquium Features ORNL Senior Researcher

UT Knoxville will host a mathematics colloquium with Dr. Sreekanth Pannala of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) at 3:35 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26, in room 102 of the Haslam Business Building. Pannala is a senior research staff member in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at ORNL. The colloquium is entitled “Bridging Atomistic to Continuum Scales for Designing Energy Materials: Challenges and Opportunities.”

UT-Pro2Serve Math Contest To Be Held Oct. 27

While football bowl season is still a few weeks off, math bowl season is now under way. Next Tuesday, Oct. 27, more than 600 high school students will descend on UT Knoxville for the UT-Pro2Serve Math Contest, an annual day-long event pitting students from across the state in both individual and team competitions testing their mathematics skills.