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New Quest Scholar Recognition Process

Taylor Eighmy, vice chancellor for research and engagement, and Jacob Rudolph, interim vice chancellor for communications and marketing, announced a new process surrounding the Quest Scholar recognition Friday, January 13, 2017. 


As you may know, the Quest Scholar of the Week program has been in existence for over eight years. More than 400 scholars have been recognized since the inception of the program. However, the number of nominations has dramatically declined during the past 12 months.

We believe it is important to recognize and celebrate the breakthrough discoveries and accomplishments of our research community. Therefore, the Quest Scholar concept is being updated to better showcase our scholars and their great research stories.
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PCAST Recommendations on Semiconductor Innovation

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued a report on  Ensuring Long-term U.S. Leadership in Semiconductors. In the report, PCAST “recommend[s] that U.S. policymakers carefully select ambitious challenges, which we call ‘moonshots,’ as focal points for industry, government, and academic efforts to drive computing and semiconductor innovation forward together.”

The PCAST report provides four examples of moonshots that they recommend should be pursued in the near future. These align well with some of UT Knoxville’s strengths and provide great fodder for imagining what the next multidisciplinary center could be.
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2017 Chancellor Award Nominations

The Office of Research and Engagement is soliciting nominations for several 2017 Chancellors Awards. Two of the awards are brand new this year and are specifically related to undergraduate researchers and their faculty mentors. 

Find details for each of the awards at the following links.

The nomination process will close on January 25 for the first three awards and on January 31 for the Undergraduate Research awards.

Recognitions, January 6

Please send faculty, staff, and student recognitions to Erin Chapin (erin.chapin@utk.edu).

  • Dayakar Penumadu, the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials (JIAM) Chair of Excellence in the Tickle College of Engineering, is in the process of patenting a new adhesive, referred to as a “smart joint” system consisting of distributed optical fiber sensors useful to designers and manufacturers in advanced materials. The UT Research Foundation and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering submitted the patent application on his behalf for Luna Innovations Incorporated O Di SI product (Optical Distributed Sensing).

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