A national research center on the University of Tennessee campus will receive an $18.6 million dollar award from the National Science Foundation. The award will fund another five years of research at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, known as NIMBios. Director Louis Gross says the center will expand research topics with a continued focus on bringing in teams of international top minds.
“We’ll have several papers coming out about what we have learned here about what encourages new collaborations among people from different disciplines,” he says.
The natural gas drilling method known as fracking is igniting controversy in states from Pennsylvania to Wyoming. Fracking is going on in Tennessee, too, and that has environmentalists concerned. This hour of Dialogue is dedicated to learning about the pros and cons of fracking in Tennessee. In the first portion of Dialogue, we hear from Dr. Kevin Hoyt of the University of Tennessee. He's heading up the university's efforts to study fracking on the Cumberland Plateau.
Vietnam Veterans of America will answer questions and discuss new laws and benefits for veterans exposed to Agent Orange tonight during a Knoxville town hall meeting. Agent Orange is a chemical defoliant best known for its use during the Vietnam War. Barry Rice, President of the Tennessee State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America, says doctors are still finding diseases related to Agent Orange exposure.
“The real problem is that we are starting to notice some effects and some illnesses in our children and in our grandchildren,” he says.
Craig Leuthold will be Knox County’s next trustee. On Monday afternoon, the Knox County Commission selected Leuthold from a pool of 25 applicants for the job of county banker. That job was vacated by John Duncan III earlier this month after it was revealed Duncan and other trustee’s office employees accepted approximately $18,000 in bonuses for training they did not complete.
The GED, or General Education Development diploma, will change in January 2014, becoming more difficult, costing twice as much to take and moving to an online-only format. It will also face competition from another test.