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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 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.

International Scientists Share Earth, Energy and Environmental Discoveries at UT-ORNL Conference

Can we stop climate change by pumping carbon into the Earth’s core? Could marine life on Earth be the key to discovering life on other planets? What did the world look like hundreds of millions of years ago? These are some questions that will be addressed at this year’s Goldschmidt Conference hosted by UT Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, June 13-18 at the Knoxville Convention Center in World’s Fair Park.

Local High School Students Dominate in Science Symposium at UT

Local high school students attending the 45th Tennessee Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at UT Knoxville last week dominated the top spots. More than 20 students from high schools across the state competed to determine who had the best research in sciences, mathematics and engineering. They were judged by a panel of UT Knoxville science and engineering faculty members.

High School students compete in Science Symposium at UT

Not many high school kids use their free time to ponder topics such as cardiac arrhythmias or wireless electricity transmissions, let alone devise research to better understand such topics. However students attending the 45th Tennessee Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, do.

UT to Host Tennessee Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

Dozens of Tennessee high school students will converge on UT’s Conference Center Building Feb. 25 for the Tennessee Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. The symposium will be held at UT’s Conference Center Auditorium. For the 45th year, students will present original research and experiments conducted with their teachers in the sciences, mathematics and engineering.

New UT Knoxville Research Finds New Ways to Understand Bacteria’s ‘Thinking’

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.

11 UT Knoxville Faculty Named AAAS Fellows; More Than Any Southern School

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 Computing Lab Joins FutureGrid Project

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.