UT-ORNL News

New Book Chronicles UT-Battelle’s First Decade of Management at ORNL

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.

UT-ORNL Biophysics Summer School Kicks Off Wednesday

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.”

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.

New ‘Doubly Magic’ Research Reveals Role of Nuclear Shell

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.

Local Students Dominate Statewide Science Symposium at UT

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.

ORNL Director Mason Offers Advice to UT Graduates

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.

ORNL Director to Speak at UT Fall Commencement

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, ORNL Announce Distinguished Fellowship Program

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.

UT Knoxville and ORNL Researchers Turn Algae into High-Temperature Hydrogen Source

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.