A student startup company focused on developing innovative high-performance plastic and rubber materials has won this semester’s Vol Court competition.
Grow Bioplastics and its lignin-based plastic and rubber products took first place at the fall 2014 Vol Court Pitch Competition this week, beating out four other potential startups for the top prize. The company uses lignin, a waste stream from the pulp and paper industry, as opposed to petroleum, which is typically used in the manufacturing of plastics and rubber.
Facebook Fellowship Program
Facebook has announced a two year fellowship program for 2015-2016. Fellowship recipients will have tuition and fees covered for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years, a $37,000 yearly grant, paid visit to the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, CA, and an opportunity for a paid internship at Facebook.
Deadline: Applications are due January 5, 2015.
Details: Information and link to application
The Peace Corps announced the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program in partnership with UT.
The program will provide graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers who complete a degree-related internship in an underserved American community while they pursue their studies.
The University of Tennessee College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) will host a the UT BRIDGE Undergraduate Research Symposium focused on opportunities in USDA Food Institute and Food Agriculture (NIFA) Friday November 7. The event is 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the UT Conference Center in downtown Knoxville.
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) will hold a Broad Agency Announcement webinar Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 1-4 p.m. with hosts Mr. Robert Kehlet and Dr. Viktoria Greanya to discuss its new basic research BAA which will be released on December 1, 2014.
Endemic eucalyptus found on Tasmania has evolved to live in a variety of conditions that exist from sea level to tree line. These include hot, cold, wet, and dry habitats. Photo Credit: Joe Bailey
The lemur, Javan rhino, and Santa Cruz kangaroo rat are all lonesome animals. As endemic species, they live in habitats restricted to a particular area due to climate change, urban development, or other occurrences.
Endemic species are often endangered, and a UT study finds that saving them is more important to biodiversity than previously thought.