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Research Computing Support: A Quick Way to Increase Your Publication Rate

Bob Muenchen, RCS manager, and Casey Sams, associate professor of theater, discuss the design of a mindfulness study.

Bob Muenchen, RCS manager, and Casey Sams, associate professor of theater, discuss the design of a mindfulness study.

If you could look into the future and see that your next study would come up empty, what would you do? You might rethink the study’s design or perhaps throw it out and start over with a different idea.

The Research Computing Support (RCS) team assists faculty, staff, and students with research study planning, data acquisition, analysis, and reporting. In as little as an hour, the RCS team, a unit of the Office of Information Technology, can review the design and calculate the probability of its success, making the future of the overall study less ambiguous.
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Senior Office of Naval Research Official to Speak at UT

Larry Schuette, director of research at the Office of Naval Research (ONR), will give a presentation about ONR interests and working with ONR.

Schuette leads the Office of Research, which manages a number of basic and applied research programs including the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI), Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP), Basic Research Challenge, and Young Investigator Program (YIP). His office also oversees the Summer Faculty Research and Sabbatical Leave programs for eligible science and engineering faculty members.

When: Tuesday, March 21 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Blount Hall, Room A004

Schuette’s talk promises to offer valuable insights on U.S. Navy research priorities as well as means to engage with ONR. All interested faculty are invited to attend.

Application Deadline Approaching for the American Academy in Rome Affiliated Fellowship

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville has established an annual affiliated fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, in May and/or June. The selected UT affiliated fellow becomes a full member of the scholarly and artistic community at the American Academy, with all of the opportunities and privileges of Rome Prize fellows and affiliated fellows from other institutions.

The application deadline for the May/June 2018 Fellowship is April 1, 2017 at 5 p.m.
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Graduate Programs Climb in U.S. News and World Report Rankings

Graduate education at UT earned high marks in the new U.S. News and World Report rankings, with programs in business, law, engineering, information sciences, nursing, and education listed among the best in the nation.

Three of UT’s overall graduate programs took big steps forward in the lists:

  • The Haslam College of Business graduate program is now 29th among public universities, up five spots from last year.
  • The College of Law is now 31st among public institutions, up five spots from last year. Its clinical training program ranks 11th.
  • The Tickle College of Engineering graduate program is now 33rd among public universities, up three spots from last year. Its aerospace engineering program is 25th and its computer engineering program is 28th. Biosystems engineering, a collaboration with the UT Institute of Agriculture, ranks 21st.

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Recognitions, March 10

Please send faculty, staff, and student recognitions to Erin Chapin (

  • Two members of the AgResearch leadership team were recently honored at the annual Research Center Administrators Society (RCAS) meeting in Mobile, Alabama. Barry Sims, associate director of UT AgResearch, was recognized for completing his term as president of RCAS. Walt Hitch, center director for the Plateau AgResearch and Education Center, received the Distinguished Service Aweard, given annually to one member who has made outstanding contributions to the society over an extended period of time.

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