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Knoxville News Sentinel: UT Experts Believe Syria Events Call for More Research

The Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons in attacks on its own people is raising questions in the research community about the need to counteract such activity, according to two experts at the University of Tennessee. The Knoxville News Sentinel recently interviewed Jeremy Smith, a governor’s chair researcher at UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the director of the UT/ORNL Center for Molecular Biophysics, and Howard Hall, also a governor’s chair and director of the Institute for Nuclear Security at UT. Both experts expressed a need for more research on counteracting these chemical weapons.

Supercomputing Research Opens Doors for Drug Discovery

A quicker and cheaper technique to scan molecular databases developed by UT researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) could put scientists on the fast track to developing new drug treatments. A team led by Jerome Baudry of the UT-ORNL Center for Molecular Biophysics adapted a widely used existing software to allow supercomputers such as ORNL’s Jaguar to sift through immense molecular databases and pinpoint chemical compounds as potential drug candidates.