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VOL. 39 | NO. 9 | Friday, February 27, 2015

UT, Vanderbilt scientists are taking the science fiction out of invisibility

Ferris Hall is an unassuming brick building on the edge of the University of Tennessee’s College of Engineering campus and home to the Department of Materials Science Engineering. There, Drs. Ramki Kalyanaraman and Gerd Duscher have opened the door to applying the magic of Hogwarts to military camouflage, cancer treatment or even Halloween costumes for a new generation.

Vanderbilt professor honored for cloaking research

Dr. Jason Valentine, assistant professor of both mechanical and electrical engineering at Vanderbilt University, got his start in cloaking research as a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley.

The science behind making the visible invisible

Researchers like Dr. Rami Kalyanaraman and Gerd Duscher, associate professors of materials science engineering at the University of Tennessee, could not develop cloaking devices or work to achieve true invisibility without the use of metamaterials. But what are these fancy new materials and how do they work?

Quick history of cloaking devices

Dr. Ramki Kalyanaraman, associate professor of materials science engineering, and his colleague Dr. Gerd Duscher at UT are not the only people working to develop cloaking technologies.

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Chamber Breakfast with Gov. Haslam. Knoxville Chamber Annual Breakfast with Gov. Bill Haslam. 7:30 a.m. $40 for members; $50 for non-members. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St., Knoxville. Information: knoxvillechamber.com/

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Kelsey’s new voucher plan looks a lot like Haslam’s

Momentum is building this session for voucher legislation that would allow state dollars to follow students from struggling public schools to private and religious institutions.

Bill requiring public vote for city borrowing opposed by cities

Legislation by Sen. Lee Harris requiring local governments to hold a referendum before they take on “extraordinary” debt could run into opposition from his own City Council and municipal leaders across Tennessee.


Lady Vols seem to be slipping off national stage

KNOXVILLE – There is a bronze statue of legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt standing proudly across the street from Thompson-Boling Arena.


Lloyd named Sloan Research Fellow

Karen Lloyd, an assistant professor of microbiology at the University of Tennessee, has been selected as a 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Ocean Sciences.


Work continues on Wayfinding Project

Knoxville’s Engineering Department has issued updates on some of its ongoing construction projects.


Who needs a hybrid when there’s a diesel Jetta?

For 2015, Volkswagen’s best-selling vehicle, the Jetta compact sedan, builds on its fine road handling character and adds a nicer interior, freshened front and rear styling, new safety features and a more fuel thrifty diesel engine.


Competing for the attention of reporters, editors

The press release was written with no mistakes, explaining all the virtues of your company’s remarkable product. It was sent to all the newspapers and TV stations, and you even managed to send it to select radio stations and bloggers.


Looking for new job? Market yourself as a brand

When’s the last time you thought of yourself as a brand? If you were a car, would you be a Ford or a Mercedes? Would you be a SUV or a convertible?


‘Parenthood’ wraps up in unconventional style

If there’s one adjective that does not fit “Parenthood,” NBC’s six-season series that shuttered its doors in January, it’s symmetrical. Great show! I hate to see it go. But it was out of balance. Always. And delightfully so.


Fajita nachos a chance to sample tomatillos

Fajitas and nachos. These are two of my favorite Mexican dishes, so why not combine them?