The official start of summer brings; a UTIA animal science professor presented with continuing service award; four Tickle College of Engineering faculty members selected to join the inaugural cohort of UT’s faculty fellows for technology-enhanced teaching; a professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering honored with the 2020 chancellor’s Research and Creative Achievement Award; and three Nuclear Engineering faculty members elected to leadership in the American Nuclear Society (ANS). Continue reading
UT-ORNL Researchers Develop New Radiation-Resistant Material
Nuclear power accounts for roughly 20 percent of the electricity produced in the US, according to the World Nuclear Association.
Thanks to the presence of the Tennessee Valley Authority, that number is even higher in the region it serves, with a third of TVA customers relying on nuclear energy.
Quantum Materials Researcher Receives $1.7M Moore Foundation Award
A materials science professor in UT’s Tickle College of Engineering has received a five-year $1.7 million award from a leading scientific research foundation to pursue cutting-edge work in the emerging field of quantum materials.
David Mandrus, the Jerry and Kay Henry Endowed Professor, holds a joint appointment at UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Mandrus’s work has been cited thousands of times and he has earned several notable accolades for his part in advancing materials science. In recognition of his work, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has named him an Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems Materials Synthesis Investigator.
Research Could Improve Water Filtration Technologies
A team of researchers from the University of Tennessee, the University of Texas at Austin, Penn State University, Fudan University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has discovered a new method of water filtration that could have implications for a variety of technologies, such as desalination, breathable and protective fabrics, and carbon capture in gas separations.
The study, funded by the National Science Foundation, was inspired by the way plant and animal cells preferentially transport water across cellular boundaries and reject other small molecules such as dissolved salts.
Recognitions, December 11
There’s been a lot to celebrate lately! A UT alumna was named a 2020 Rhodes Scholar—UT’s ninth; another student won UT’s very first Mitchell Scholarship; four faculty members received NSF Early Career awards; two faculty were named AAAS fellows; a UT professor is among the most highly cited researchers; the Haslam College of Business MBA program ranked 50th in the nation; two English professors received recognition for their work; and a former Earth and Planetary Sciences professor was posthumously honored with a special journal issue.