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Recognitions, November 28
Students Get Silver Medal in International Synthetic Biology Competition
A group of six UT students won a silver medal for their performance in the 2018 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Giant Jamboree, an international competition for students interested in synthetic biology.
The undergraduate students who represented UT are:
- Scott Dixon, of Franklin, Tennessee, a senior in chemical and biomolecular engineering
- Brandon D. Kristy, of Knoxville, a sophomore in entomology and plant pathology
- Molly E. Landon, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a senior in chemical and biomolecular engineering
- Ralph B. Laure, of Smyrna, Tennessee, a senior in chemical and biomolecular engineering
- Karl D. Leitner, of Brentwood, Tennessee, a senior in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology
- Morgan T. Street, of Johnson City, Tennessee, a sophomore in chemical and biomolecular engineering
Zawodzinski to Lead Department of Energy Fuel Cell Project
The US Department of Energy has chosen a project led by UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Electrical Energy Conversion and Storage Thomas Zawodzinski as one of 10 recipients of Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) grants.
The grants are part of the agency’s focus on research that can provide a minimum of 100 hours of power to the grid as part of its Duration Addition to electricitY Storage (DAYS) program.
For his part, Zawodzinski’s team is taking a new approach to an old problem—efficiency—by changing a critical reaction.
“It has long been a goal to make a regenerative fuel cell, a single device that functions as both a fuel cell and an electrolyzer,” Zawodzinski said. “However, such devices have previously suffered from poor overall efficiency. The new project uses an alternative approach by changing one of the chemical reactions in the cell and bypassing the efficiency bottleneck.” Continue reading
Three Undergraduates Win Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships
UT undergraduates Kimberly Bress, Christopher Neal, and Andrew Wintenberg have been named 2017–18 Goldwater Scholars.
One of the most prestigious scholarship programs for undergraduates, the Goldwater Scholarship Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater. It was designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.
Since 2006, UT has had 17 students named Goldwater Scholars.