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Hazen to Lead UT’s Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment

Terry HazenA leading center at UT will soon have a new director: accomplished faculty member Terry Hazen is taking the helm at the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment.

The appointment was announced this week by College of Engineering Dean Wayne Davis.

Hazen brings an impressive set of environmentally related credentials with him to the new position. In addition to being the joint UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology, Hazen works with the Center for Environmental Biotechnology; directed investigation and recovery efforts surrounding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; and was a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the Microbial Communities Division, the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, and the Ecology Department.
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ARPA-E Announces $60 Million for 23 New Projects

ARPA-EWASHINGTON – The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced $60 million in funding for 23 groundbreaking new projects aimed at creating highly efficient and scalable dry-cooling technologies for thermoelectric power plants and developing prototype technologies to explore new pathways for fusion power. The projects are funded through ARPA-E’s two newest programs, Advanced Research In Dry cooling (ARID) and Accelerating Low-cost Plasma Heating and Assembly (ALPHA), which both seek to develop low-cost technology solutions.
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McClung Museum Expands Outreach with New Academic Programs Department

Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History and CultureThe McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture recently launched a new academic programs department to better integrate the museum into the intellectual life of the university, increase outreach to professors, and expand experiential learning opportunities for students.

At the helm of this initiative is Lindsey Waugh, who joins the McClung Museum as coordinator of academic programs after working in a similar position at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. A graduate assistant from the history department and an undergraduate intern will join the department this fall.
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ORNL’s Wigner Distinguished Lecture Series: Siegfried Hecker

ORNL’s most recent Wigner Distinguished Lecture is Dr. Siegfried Hecker, senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Hecker discussed how the US Department of Energy’s nuclear laboratories worked with Russian nuclear institutes for more than 20 years to avoid nuclear conflict, as well as reflected on how today’s strained political relations between Washington and Moscow have curtailed that cooperation.
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Bacteria the Newest Tool in Detecting Environmental Damage

The reaction most people have when they hear the word bacteria is rarely a good one.

While it’s true that food- and water-borne bacteria cause untold illnesses and even death around the world, a team of researchers from UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory has found a way to use bacteria to help prevent some of the very symptoms most people associate with them.
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Workshop Offered Tips for Success with NSF Proposals and Collaborations

nsfbio1The Office of Research and Engagement recently hosted a workshop focused on funding opportunities at the National Science Foundation presented by Engin Serpersu, professor of biochemistry and cellular biology at UT, who is serving as the Rotating Program Director for NSF’s Molecular Biophysics Cluster, Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, Directorate for Biological Sciences. In his presentation at ORE’s NSF Workshop for Biological Sciences, Serpersu offered insights into how NSF prioritizes its portfolio, tips on proposal development, and resources available on the NSF website.
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