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UT Researchers’ Statistical Model Predicts Sotomayor Will Be Most Liberal Justice

Researchers in the Department of Political Science at UT Knoxville are predicting that newly confirmed Justice Sonia Sotomayor will cast a liberal vote in roughly 67 percent of cases during her first term on the Supreme Court, which will make her the most liberal member of the current court. These predictions are based upon a statistical analysis of the voting patterns exhibited by previously confirmed Supreme Court justices.

UT Knoxville Undergrads Put Kraken Supercomputer To Use

Top scientists are lined up for a chance to get their hands on the Kraken supercomputer, but a group of undergraduate students from UT Knoxville had a unique opportunity to put the computer to use. The computer, funded by a $65 million grant to UT Knoxville from the National Science Foundation (NSF), is the fastest academic supercomputer in the world, and the opportunity to use the machine is rare enough for elite researchers, much less for undergraduates.

Three UT Professors Garner $1.6 Million in Grants to Improve Libraries

Three professors at UT-Knoxville, have won $1.6 million in grants that will be used to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians and faculty members, to improve library technology and to shore up the technological expertise of regional library leaders.

Power Grid Expert Liu Named Fourth UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair

Yilu Liu, an expert in the technologies used to monitor power grids and a researcher in ways to create the next generation “smart grid,” has been named the fourth University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. Liu, currently the director of the Center for Power Engineering at Virginia Tech, will hold appointments at ORNL’s energy and transportation science division and the department of electrical engineering and computer science in UT Knoxville’s College of Engineering.

UT’s Kraken Supercomputer Named World’s Sixth Fastest

Add one more top 10 finish to the list of accomplishments at UT Knoxville: home to the world’s most powerful academic supercomputer. Called Kraken, the computer has been named the world’s sixth fastest in the most recent edition of the Top500 list of the most powerful computers, announced today at the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany.

UT’s National Defense Business Institute Assess Navy’s Modernization Plans

The National Defense Business Institute (NDBI) at UT Knoxville has completed an independent assessment of the U.S. Navy’s plans to modernize the nation’s fleet of destroyer combat ships. The study provides a factual foundation for understanding the factors involved in the Navy’s recent decisions regarding its destroyer modernization plans.

UT Study: UT Knoxville Campus Has More Than $900M Impact on State Economy

A new study shows that the combined economic impact of UT Knoxville on the state of Tennessee is more than $915 million. Because of the broad range of purchasing and relationships that the campus and its employees have statewide, UT economists say this impact translates to 1.8 additional jobs for every person working on campus, and $3.10 in income for every dollar directly earned by university employees.

Journalism Professor is Bliss Distinguished Broadcast Educator

Sam Swan, professor and director of internationalization and outreach for the College of Communication and Information, has been named the recipient of the 2009 Edward L. Bliss Award for Distinguished Broadcast Journalism Education. The award recognizes an electronic journalism educator who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the field in the areas of teaching, service and scholarship.