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Oxygen oases found in 2.8 billion-year-old rocks

Dr. Robert Riding, research professor in Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of Tennessee, received a write-up in New Scientist last week for a discovery he and his colleagues made while analyzing rock samples collected from Steep Rock Lake in Ontario, Canada. 

Riding’s team found that the limestone from which the samples were taken had not changed in 2.8 billion years. For limestone to form, calcium carbonate must be stripped of all its dissolved iron — a process which can only happen if oxygen is present. 

Why is this important? Because oxygen levels didn’t increase on a worldwide scale until 2.4 billion years ago. This is the first evidence of an “oxygen oasis,” which could have helped early life develop a tolerance to the poisonous gas. 

Read more at New Scientist or read Dr. Riding’s research, “Identification of an Archean marine oxygen oasis.”

UTRF Makes Top 100 Universities List for New U.S. Patents

Top 100 Universities Granted U.S. Patents in 2013 (by NAI and IPO)

Top 100 Universities Granted U.S. Patents in 2013 (by NAI and IPO)

The University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) was listed among the world’s top universities for producing new U.S. utility patents. UTRF ranked 80th, ahead of Emory, Yale, and Princeton, according to a study by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO).

The list, compiled based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), recognizes the important role of patents in university research. Academic patenting not only protects a university’s intellectual property, but can also be a source of additional funding.

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Video: UT Summer STEM Symposium

Undergraduate students, teachers, and young scholars participating in four different summer research programs at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville showcased work at a STEM symposium at Ayres Hall Friday, July 18, 2014. There, groups and individuals from all over the world presented their research projects conducted while collaborating with UT’s NIMBioS, CURENT, TNSCORE, and NICS research centers. Posters spanned science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. 

UT Research Helps Explain Post-World Cup Rioting

Whether you are a soccer fan or not, it has been difficult to miss news surrounding the 2014  World Cup in Brazil – especially when riot police are involved. 

Sunday, Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in extra time to take home the trophy. Shortly afterward, in the streets of Buenos Aires, fans took out their disappointment and aggression by rioting across the city

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ORI Publishes Misconduct Finding Against Former SRI Research Technician

According to a notice posted on the Office of Research Integrity website, Melanie Cokonis, a former research technician with the Southern Research Institute, voluntarily agreed to a three-year debarment to settle allegations of misconduct in research supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).

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Help TRIO Celebrate 50 Years

The U.S. Department of Education is celebrating 50 years of providing outreach and student services via Federal TRIO Programs. 

In an effort to commemorate this anniversary, they are asking for submissions from TRIO alumni who have participated in any of their programs. *

If you would like to take part, please visit their website for more information.

*(Educational Opportunity Centers, Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement, Student Support Services, Talent Search, Upward Bound (UB), UB Math and Science, and or Veterans UB)

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