New DOE Grant Expands East Tennessee Switchgrass Research to Almost 7000 Acres

The University of Tennessee Biofuels Initiative continues to be recognized as among the nation’s leaders in the development of biofuels. On November 12, USDA and DOE announced a new round of $24 million in research grants, and the UT Biofuels Initiative is slated to receive some $2.35 million in funding to research and demonstrate various aspects of switchgrass production, harvesting and transportation logistics and ethanol yield for some 2000 acres of locally produced switchgrass.


University of Tennessee Partners with AstroTurf® on $1.5 Million Research Center

After more than a year of intense planning, The University of Tennessee has partnered with AstroTurf®, the iconic synthetic grass brand, to create the Center for Safer Athletic Fields, which will compare natural grass playing surfaces to synthetic surfaces. With the goal of improving athletic performance and reducing injuries, this initiative will provide the most comprehensive, on-going comparison of synthetic surfaces to natural grass.


ORNL, St. Jude Track Neurons to Predict and Prevent Disease

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are looking at how developing nerve cells may hold a key to predicting and preventing diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.