Ecology and Evolutionary Biology professor Daniel Simberloff was officially awarded the Ramon Margalef ecology prize from the government of Catalonia, an autonomous region of Spain on October 29. A Spanish news station, “Telenotícies Vespre” covered the awards ceremony, featuring an almost two-minute story on Simberloff.
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It won’t be long before University of Tennessee students are enjoying the new and long-awaited RecSports fields on Sutherland Avenue. The 40-acre complex will open early in the spring semester.
More work is about to commence for the new Student Union. On Monday, October 29, construction fencing will go up around Temple Court, Aconda Court, and the building at 812 Volunteer Boulevard. The small Staff Lot 12 in this area will be closed. The area known as “the pit,” including the Smokey’s entrance, also will be inaccessible.
Three years ago UT researchers helped to discover water on the surface of the moon. Now, they are piecing together the origin of that water: solar wind. A new study published in this month’s “Nature Geoscience” confirms solar wind as a source for water embedded in the lunar surface.
Children who play on playgrounds that incorporate natural elements like logs and flowers tend to be more active than those who play on traditional playgrounds with metal and brightly colored equipment, according to a recent UT study. They also appear to use their imagination more, according to the report.
UT will take part in two U.S. Department of Energy projects totaling more than $9 million which involve a team of institutions to improve upon nuclear energy safety and efficiency. The projects draw upon lessons learned from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. The two awards are part of the DOE’s 2012 Nuclear Energy University Programs Integrated Research Programs.
A UT-based team has received a $3.5 million grant from the US Department of Energy for a proposal to improve the currently used nuclear fuel cladding. Kurt Sickafus, head of the Department of Material Science and Engineering, will lead a team of eleven international institutions to engineer ceramic coatings that will prohibit the oxidation of nuclear fuel cladding.
Four professors are spanning the globe as Fulbright Scholars this year. Michelle Commander, David Fox, Sarah Lowe, and Sam Swan were chosen based on their leadership and academic merits and their abilities to teach, conduct research, and contribute to solutions for shared international concerns. The Fulbright Program is a prestigious international exchange initiative that awards about 1,100 grants to American scholars each year.
Renovations to the Commons in Hodges Library are almost complete and a large portion will open in mid-October. The Commons have been undergoing renovations since early summer.
Facilities Services has formed two special teams to enhance its ability to serve the campus community. Dave Irvin, associate vice chancellor for Facilities Services, said the teams were created as a result of the department’s reorganization plan, which took a closer look at how Facilities Services can best fulfill the needs and mission of the campus.