UT made a bold move in 1999 when it went public with plans to compete for the management contract of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In a partnership with Battelle Memorial Institute, a global research and development organization committed to science and technology, the university presented the department with a groundbreaking proposal and assumed responsibility for the lab in April 2000. A new book, “Breaking the Mold,” is the story of the UT-ORNL partnership’s transformational past 13 years and a glimpse of what’s to come.
The 3.5-day Summer School in Biophysics at UT-ORNL kicks off on Wednesday, July 7, on the fourth floor of the UT Conference Center in downtown Knoxville. The summer school targets senior undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in physics, mathematics, computer science, chemistry, materials sciences and other “exact sciences.”
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.
Researchers at UT Knoxville, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and six collaborating universities have performed an unprecedented nuclear reaction experiment that explores the unique properties of the “doubly magic” radioactive isotope of 132Sn, or tin-132.
Yajit Jain, a junior at Oak Ridge High School, beat out 30 other students from across the state to win the top spot at the 45th Tennessee Junior Science and Humanities Symposium held at UT Knoxville on Feb. 25. Students from Farragut High School took the other top two spots.
Our world has big problems and we need intelligent, educated people to solve them. That was the message shared by Thom Mason, director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, who addressed approximately 1,000 University of Tennessee, Knoxville, undergraduate students who participated in fall commencement today at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Thomas Mason, director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and president and CEO of UT-Battelle, LLC, will be the featured speaker at UT Knoxville fall commencement. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13, in Thompson-Boling Arena. More than 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students who have completed degree programs during the summer or fall semester will be awarded diplomas.
UT Knoxville and ORNL have established a new Distinguished Fellowship designed to attract top graduate students in science and engineering. The first-of-its-kind program will provide students with an unparalleled opportunity to take part in cutting-edge research at both institutions and build on similar programs to attract to research faculty. Recruiting is now under way for the inaugural class of students, who will be admitted for fall 2010. The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2010.
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.
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.