UT professor, scientists achieve milestone

Friday, August 24, 2018, Vol. 42, No. 34

University of Tennessee professor Sarah Cousineau and a team of researchers has made the first-ever 6D measurement of an accelerator beam, an achievement that has eluded scientists.

The new measurement will advance understanding of what goes on inside accelerators and help scientists and engineers build more powerful ones.

The findings were published in the journal, “Physical Review Letters.’’ The project was funded in part with a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Cousineau co-authored the paper with UT graduate student and lead author Brandon Cathey and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Alexander Aleksandrov and Alexander Zhukov.

“Achieving this measurement advanced the field in one big leap – we have information we’ve never had before. There was a key piece missing,” says Cousineau, who holds a joint appointment as a physics professor at UT and a group leader in ORNL’s Research Accelerator Division.

Taking measurements in 6D includes the same dimensions of a 3D measurement, plus additional data points for the velocity in each direction along the x, y and z axes. Until now, scientists stitched together three 2D measurements to create a representation of a 6D measurement.

“The 6D space is more complicated than everyone thought, and it’s impossible to see this complexity in low dimensions,” Cousineau adds.

“For years, we have been making assumptions in our models based on incomplete information, and we now know that those assumptions are wrong.”

Sugarlands Distilling teams with star

Gatlinburg’s Sugarlands Distilling Company, producers of whiskey, moonshine and rum, are partnering with country music singer-songwriter Cole Swindell.

Swindell will be releasing his own Sugarlands Spirits flavors starting with a Peppermint Moonshine online and in Sugarlands’ Gatlinburg distillery in October.

He is also working with Sugarlands’ head distiller Greg Eidam to create a unique recipe that will be released in January 2019.

“The entire Sugarlands Distilling Co. team is excited to work with Cole through this new partnership. We are a company who believes in having fun while creating award-winning spirits,’’ says Edward Vickers, president of Sugarlands Distilling.

“Cole is a perfect fit for the Sugarlands’ family and we’re excited for him to help us share the mountain spirit.’’

“I am honored to partner with a quality company like Sugarlands Distilling Company,” says Swindell. “I look forward to working with them on creating some of my own flavors of their award-winning spirits. It’s going to be a fun new venture for me.”

Numbers House opens in Maryville

Maryville’s Numbers House is open for business.

The company is a complete back-office support department for entrepreneurs who want to start and grow their own business. The company offers services in business entity startup, tax strategy, compliance and business consulting.

In addition, the company helps those business owners avoid future tax problems. Proper business entity setup can also protect owners from personal liability in cases of employee negligence or mistakes.

“Our focus is on making sure business owners start their business correctly,” says Numbers House owner Tab Burkhalter. “It can be a confusing process when deciding whether to incorporate as an LLC, S-Corporation, C-Corporation, or other business structure. At Numbers House, we focus on helping entrepreneurs and new business owners avoid surprises at tax time by making sure everything is set up properly on the front end.”

Once businesses have established the proper entity designation, Numbers House can offer other services that assist in the ongoing operations of the business, such as tax strategy, business consulting, compliance and payroll.

“Our bread and butter is getting businesses started up the right way, but we have talented people who can help with other back-office duties,” Burkhalter says.

TVA asks how to manage vegetation

The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking for public input on alternatives for how to manage vegetation along its 16,000 miles of transmission line to continue to ensure public safety and reliable electric power.

TVA has prepared a draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement that outlines four alternatives for guiding vegetation management in its transmission rights-of-way.

The draft EIS can be viewed online at TVA’s website. The public comment period is through Sept. 24.

TVA will hold an open house meeting on Sept. 6 at TVA’s Knoxville Complex, Auditorium, 400 W. Summit Hill, Dr., 4-7 p.m. (ET).

Knoxville zoning map ready for public input

The first draft of Knoxville’s updated zoning map, Recode Knoxville, is now available online.

Knoxville’s zoning code hasn’t undergone a thorough review in nearly 60 years, and this update will allow the city to adopt modern standards.

The map shows the proposed changes to the ordinance and how changes would be applied to existing properties.

Comments on the map will be accepted through Sept. 13. The public input will be evaluated as part of a second draft that will be released later this fall.

Documents and other information is available on the website at www.recodeknoxville.com.

“It’s important that the public explores the updated map to see how the ordinance changes will affect them,” says Gerald Green, executive director of the Metropolitan Planning Commission.

“The ordinance will help shape Knoxville for the next 20 to 40 years, so it is important to share your comments and concerns before the final draft is presented to City Council.”

Knox County is projected to add 170,000 residents by 2040, and this update of the zoning ordinance will help prepare the community for that growth by striking a balance between protecting historic characteristics of neighborhoods and creating standards that encourage dynamic growth.

Upgrades begin on Magnolia streetscape

The first phase of the Magnolia Avenue Streetscape Project is underway.

Phase I will make upgrades to a section of Magnolia Avenue between Jessamine Street and Myrtle Street.

Improvements will include landscaped center medians with designated left turn lanes, new stamped crosswalks, designated on-street parking, traffic signal upgrades, street trees and landscaping, LED pedestrian and street lighting, and wider sidewalks and bike lanes.

The first phase of the project is scheduled to be finished by fall 2019. At that time, the second phase – Magnolia between Myrtle and Bertrand streets – is slated to begin.

The upgraded multi-modal street will improve pedestrian safety at intersection crossings, encourage walkability with wider, tree-lined sidewalks, and make it easier for people to bike and access transit services along Magnolia Avenue.

One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained on Magnolia Avenue throughout the project.

ORNL, UT work to find unmarked graves

Geospatial researchers with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Forensic Anthropology Center at University of Tennessee have developed a new approach to find unmarked graves.

The research could potentially speed up the search for clues during crime scene investigations.

Researchers are using laser scanning and 3D modeling techniques, known as LIDAR, to detect recently buried human remains.

“Unmarked graves are difficult to locate once the ground surface no longer shows visible evidence of disturbance, which poses significant challenges in finding missing persons,” says Katie Corcoran of ORNL led a study published in Forensic Science International.

“This study helps forensic human rights investigators better understand the geophysical signature of graves, because it reduces the amount of time a team must be on the ground in active conflict situations,” says Dawnie Steadman, director of the Forensic Anthropology Center at UT.

Anderson County picks up ThreeStar grant

Anderson County is receiving $5,000 as a ThreeStar grant recipient, one of 60 counties to receive the funding from the Department of Economic and Community Development.

The grants are used for a variety of local programs addressing economic development, education and workforce development, public safety, health and efficient government.

“TNECD is able to assist the 60 recipients of the ThreeStar grants by investing in locally-driven projects that transform communities,’’ says Amy New, assistant commissioner of community and rural development.

In East Tennessee, Grainger and Union counties will each get $25,000, the maximum grant amount. Roane County will get $5,000.

In total, TNECD is awarding $955,000 to Tennessee communities through this round of the ThreeStar program.

McClung Museum to host Civil Rights exhibit

For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, a national touring exhibition, opens at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture on Aug. 31 and will run through Oct. 20.

The exhibition takes its title and inspiration from Mamie Till Bradley. Bradley chose to publish the gruesome black-and-white photograph of her 14-year-old son, Emmet Till, after his brutal murder in 1955 by white supremacists in Mississippi.

Bradley distributed the photograph to newspapers and magazines, saying, “We had averted our eyes for far too long, turning away from the ugly reality facing us as a nation. Let the world see what I’ve seen.”

The exhibition traces how images and media disseminated to the American public transformed the modern civil rights movement and jolted Americans, both black and white, out of a state of denial or complacency.

Visitors to the immersive display will explore dozens of compelling and persuasive photographs, television clips and historic objects, including photographs from influential magazines such as Life, Jet, and Ebony; CBS news footage; and TV clips from The Ed Sullivan Show.

Also included are civil rights–era objects that exemplify the range of negative and positive imagery–from Aunt Jemima syrup dispensers and 1930s produce advertisements to Jackie Robinson baseball ephemera and 1960s children’s toys with African American portraiture.