Research

We conduct research that matters.

As a premier, research-extensive institution, our students—undergraduate and graduate—delve further into subjects they may have only dreamed about.

Recent examples include zero-energy housing, using supercomputers for medical breakthroughs, and studying diseases in species around the world.

But our collaborations are in no way limited to science.

From improving mental health and education to economics and taxation efficiencies, our work impacts people, places, and industries throughout the world.

Research News

Teenage Obesity, Solutions Addressed at This Week’s Science Forum

Obesity touches the lives of more than one-third of American children and teenagers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This week's Science Forum at UT will look at the obesity epidemic among adolescents and one program that's trying to help. Sarah Colby, assistant professor of nutrition at UT, will speak at noon on Friday, September 26, in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena.


UT Engineers Team Up to Move Analog Brain Closer to Reality

Machine learning, the science that makes it possible for devices to "think" on their own, is taking the next step forward thanks to College of Engineering professors Jeremy Holleman and Itamar Arel.


Study Illuminates the Social World of Parrots

Science has learned a great deal about complex social behavior by studying nonhuman mammals and primates, but parrots might have something to teach too.


ORNL, UT Team Aims to Improve Plant-based Battery with Neutrons, Simulation

A team of researchers at UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are investigating if lignin—a low-cost byproduct of the pulp, paper, and biofuels industries—could be useful as a battery anode in lithium-ion batteries.


Humanities Center Receives Record-breaking Donation

The John C. Hodges Trustees have gifted the Humanities Center with $200,000—the largest single gift awarded by the trustees and largest ever to the center. The funds will go into an endowment that supports center activities for faculty and students. The Hodges Trustees are full and emeritus professors of the Department of English.


This Week’s Science Forum to Look at Alternative Transportation Issues

This week's Science Forum at UT will look at alternative transportation energy sources and innovations. Claus Daniel, deputy director of the Sustainable Transportation program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will talk on "Electrification of Transportation: Cost and Opportunities." His discussion begins at noon on Friday, September 19, in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena.


More Research News

Contribute to big ideas. Give to UT.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Big Orange. Big Ideas.

Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 | 865-974-1000
The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway