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Computing Pioneer Dean Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Mark Dean

KNOXVILLE—Mark Dean, a professor in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Engineering and an icon in the world of personal computing, has added another title to his already prestigious career: National Academy of Inventors Fellow for 2014.

Dean, the Fisher Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, holds three of IBM’s original nine patents for personal computers, including for the technology that allows multiple devices to be plugged into a computer at the same time.

“To have been selected for this and to see some of the other people on their list makes me feel really good,” said Dean, who joins UT Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement Taylor Eighmy, a 2013 selection and a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, as NAI fellows at UT. “There are a lot of great people on there, so being selected is an honor.”

Duane Miller, at the UT Health Science Center in Memphis, was also selected to this year’s class.

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ARPA-E: Changing What’s Possible

ARPA-EHave you ever wondered how new ways to generate, store and use energy are developed? The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), a subset of the US Department of Energy, advances high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private sector investment. The awardees of ARPA-E grants are unique because they are developing entirely new ways to generate, store and use energy.

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Webinar: Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review for AREA/R15 Award Applicants

The Office of Research & Engagement would like to encourage submissions to the National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Program (R15). This is a special pool of funding available to institutions that have not received more than $6 million per year in NIH support in four of the last seven years. ORE would like to invite potential applicants to attend a webinar presented by the NIH Center for Scientific Review entitled “Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review for AREA/R15 Award Applicants,” which will teach applicants how to navigate the NIH peer review system and submit a strong R15 application.

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National Institutes of Health Policies and Procedures Update

This presentation will describe recent changes to various aspects of NIH proposal preparation, reporting and other post-award processes. Please attend for an overview of the latest NIH updates as well as to learn how the Office of Sponsored Programs can assist faculty and staff in navigating the implementation of these new requirements. Presented by the UT Office of Sponsored Programs.

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Call for Nominations: 2015 Chancellor’s Awards

The Office of Research and Engagement is soliciting nominations for three awards celebrating distinct faculty groups: one for a multidisciplinary team, one for junior faculty, and one for tenured faculty. These awards will be presented at the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet on April 8, 2015.

If you know of a group or an individual who is deserving of such recognition, please submit a nomination for the following Chancellor’s Awards by January 23, 2015.

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New Positions Highlight Eastman’s $2M Engineering Commitment to UT

UT’s College of Engineering and Eastman have built upon the momentum of their partnership by naming two new professors of practice.

Yan Xu, of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Matthew Young, of theDepartment of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, received the designation as part of the company’s $2 million-plus commitment to the college.

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