TN Legislators Visit Oak Ridge National Laboratory

TN Reps with TN-SCORE students

State Representatives Coley, DeBerry, and Sanderson with TN-SCORE student researchers from UTK

Tennessee State Representatives Jim Coley (R-Bartlett), John DeBerry, Jr. (D-Memphis), and Bill Sanderson (R-Kenton) visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory yesterday to learn more about the unique partnership between the University, the Lab, and state and federal governments.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is managed and operated by UT through UT-Battelle with substantial support from the State of Tennessee. The University’s venture with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) yields world-leading expertise in the areas of high-performance computing, materials research, and nanotechnology. Together, the University and Lab are making major strides in science and economic development.

ORNL is the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest multiprogram science and energy laboratory, with scientific and technical capabilities spanning from basic to applied research.

We thank Representatives Coley, DeBerry, and Sanderson for spending the day at the Lab and on the UTK campus, learning more about UT’s statewide research enterprise and its impact on Tennesseans and their future.

Congressman Fleischmann Appointed to Critical Subcommittees for UT, TN

fleischmanncCongressman and UT Alumnus Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN 3rd District) was appointed yesterday to several critical House Appropriations subcommittees for the 113th Congress.  His appointments, made by Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), include positions on the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee, and the Homeland Security Subcommittee.

Rep. Fleischmann’s district includes a key UT interest, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  The University of Tennessee manages and operates ORNL through UT-Battelle with enthusiastic and substantial support from the State of Tennessee.  The contract to manage the National Laboratory is granted by the U.S. Department of Energy, whose funding is overseen by the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee to which Rep. Fleischmann has just been appointed.  The University’s venture with ORNL produces world-leading expertise in the areas of high-performance computing, materials research, and nanotechnology, and pays enormous economic dividends to the region.

Similarly important to the University is Rep. Fleischmann’s appointment to the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee.  This subcommittee oversees funding for the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Labor.  These Departments administer programs critical to higher education, such as federal financial aid and direct student loans, and numerous research grants.  Fleischmann’s appointment to the Appropriations Committee occurred in November.  For more information on this important appointment, click here.

Vice Admiral Visits UT Knoxville, Meets with University Leaders


Vice Admiral Harry Harris visits with Tom Ladd, Associate Dean of Research and Technology at the UTK College of Business Administration

Today, the University of Tennessee hosted Vice Admiral Harry Harris of the United States Navy.  Harris, a native of Crossville, Tennessee, currently serves as the assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

During his campus visit, Harris received briefings conducted at the Howard Baker Center on the University’s academic, research and public service mission areas as the state’s Land-Grant University.  He was informed of UT’s role in co-managing Oak Ridge National Lab and the work of UT Knoxville’s Governor’s Chairs in the areas of nuclear engineering, energy storage, materials science and smart grid technology. Also highlighted were the efforts to upgrade the UT-ORNL supercomputer to be the fastest de-classified computer in the world.

Harris spent time discussing the UT-Air Force Management Partnership with UT leaders during his visit.  The partnership currently trains over 3,000 personnel through the UT Knoxville National Defense Business Institute.