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2014-2015 Outreach Incentive Grant Winners

Congratulations to our 2014-15 Outreach Incentive Grant Winners, listed below!

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville provides special project funding for proposals that specifically enhance the engagement mission of the university. UT Outreach Incentive Grants are allocated through a competitive annual process, subject to both academic and community peer review.  Learn more about community engagement funding here.

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Video of Indrikis Krams’ Sigma Xi Lecture

The University of Tennessee chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, in partnership with the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) hosted a special lecture by Dr. Indrikis Krams (Biology, Tartu Univ., Estonia, and Daugavpils Univ., Latvia). His lecture, titled “Reciprocal altruism and empathy in birds,” focused on recent studies from his laboratory on cooperative behavior in songbird species.

Below is a video of the November 13th lecture as recorded at NIMBioS.


Funding Opportunities Roundup: Nov. 14, 2014

Algorithms in the Field (AitF)
Algorithms in the Field encourages closer collaboration between two groups of researchers: (i) theoretical computer science researchers, who focus on the design and analysis of provably efficient and provably accurate algorithms for various computational models; and (ii) applied researchers including a combination of systems and domain experts (very broadly construed – including but not limited to researchers in computer architecture, programming languages and systems, computer networks, cyber-physical systems, cyber-human systems, machine learning, database and data analytics, etc.) who focus on the particular design constraints of applications and/or computing devices. Each proposal must have at least one co-PI interested in theoretical computer science and one interested in any of the other areas typically supported by CISE. Proposals are expected to address the dissemination of the algorithmic contributions and resulting applications, tools, languages, compilers, libraries, architectures, systems, data, etc. More details.

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Cancer Research Symposium Gives Early Career Faculty Opportunity to Present Work


Cancer Research Symposium

Cancer Research Symposium
Photo by: UTGSM

On September 17, 2014, the Cancer Community of Scholars hosted a Cancer Research Symposium for Early Career/Assistant Professors at the Wood Auditorium, UT Medical Center. Sponsored by the Community of Scholars including the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Office of Research and Engagement, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine and the University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Center of Excellence, the symposium provided an opportunity for early career professors to present their work in progress and receive feedback on new ideas for future projects. It also allowed the assistant professors an opportunity to learn more about an avenue for applying for pilot project funding from a proposed American Cancer Society (ACS) Institutional Research Grant (IRG) proposal.

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UT Groups Use Research, Heart to Improve Appalachian Region

Homeowners are challenged by leaking roofs, aging construction, and mold.

Homeowners are challenged by leaking roofs, aging construction, and mold.

UT students and professors from various disciplines are working together to make an Appalachian community a safer and healthier place to live—and serve as a model to help other communities like it.

Clay County, Kentucky, ranks near the bottom for the state’s major health indicators, including obesity, infant mortality, and disability. In rural areas, clean water is hard to come by, flooding is common, and mold is ubiquitous.

Nursing professors and students in the Global Disaster Nursing program, with their counterparts in architecture, environmental engineering, and the Law Enforcement Innovation Center (LEIC) based in UT’s Institute for Public Service, are working with community partners to improve the area’s community wellness and disaster preparedness.

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Thanks + Giving: UT Researcher Says Gratitude May be a Key to Happiness

larsen‘Tis the season to be grateful. And being grateful for what you have may be the key to happiness, according to research by a UT professor.

Jeff Larsen, associate professor of psychology, and Amie McKibban of the University of Southern Indiana investigated whether the maxim “it’s more important to want what you have than to have what you want” is true.

He asked college students if they possessed fifty-two different material items, such as a car, a stereo, or a bed. They were then asked to rate how much they wanted the items they had and how much they wanted the items they didn’t have. Larsen calculated the extent to which the students want what they have and have what they want.

The result? People who want more of what they have tend to be happier.

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