Call for Proposals: Collaborators for Change
The inaugural Collaborators for Change diversity summit presented best practices in diversity and inclusion to members of our campus’s diversity councils and commissions. This year we want to focus on how to turn these concepts and ideas into practice in our work and daily experiences. To that end, this year’s theme is “Ideas into Practice.”
A leading center at UT will soon have a new director: accomplished faculty member Terry Hazen is taking the helm at the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment.
The appointment was announced this week by College of Engineering Dean Wayne Davis.
Hazen brings an impressive set of environmentally related credentials with him to the new position. In addition to being the joint UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology, Hazen works with the Center for Environmental Biotechnology; directed investigation and recovery efforts surrounding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; and was a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the Microbial Communities Division, the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, and the Ecology Department.
2015 Humana Communities Benefit Grant Program
The Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), has selected Knoxville, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and New Orleans as the 2015 communities for the company’s Humana Communities Benefit program.
Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that aim to transform their communities by lowering barriers to health and well-being – and whose specific focus or overall efforts address diabetes and/or congestive heart failure – are encouraged to apply for the multi-year charitable grant totaling $350,000.
WASHINGTON – The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced $60 million in funding for 23 groundbreaking new projects aimed at creating highly efficient and scalable dry-cooling technologies for thermoelectric power plants and developing prototype technologies to explore new pathways for fusion power. The projects are funded through ARPA-E’s two newest programs, Advanced Research In Dry cooling (ARID) and Accelerating Low-cost Plasma Heating and Assembly (ALPHA), which both seek to develop low-cost technology solutions.
The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture recently launched a new academic programs department to better integrate the museum into the intellectual life of the university, increase outreach to professors, and expand experiential learning opportunities for students.
At the helm of this initiative is Lindsey Waugh, who joins the McClung Museum as coordinator of academic programs after working in a similar position at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. A graduate assistant from the history department and an undergraduate intern will join the department this fall.
ORNL’s most recent Wigner Distinguished Lecture is Dr. Siegfried Hecker, senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Hecker discussed how the US Department of Energy’s nuclear laboratories worked with Russian nuclear institutes for more than 20 years to avoid nuclear conflict, as well as reflected on how today’s strained political relations between Washington and Moscow have curtailed that cooperation.