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Eck Named Director of Research Development

Kimberly Eck has been named director of the Research Development Team in the Office of Research and Engagement, effective October 17.

Kimberly Eck, Director of the Research Development TeamEck joins the University of Tennessee from her position as associate vice president for research opportunities at the Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania.

In her role at Geisinger, Eck has been responsible for identifying external funding opportunities and developing the processes for communicating those to researchers and clinicians throughout the system. She also led the Office of Competitive Grants in her role as associate vice president for research development and coordinated with offices across GHS that engage external funders and support or administer sponsored projects to develop and submit successful proposals.

“I am thrilled to join the Office of Research and Engagement,” said Eck. “With its unique assets and renowned faculty, UT’s research is well positioned for growth.”
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Announcing UT CORNET Awards and Conference

Increasingly, scientific discovery is driven by researchers coming together from diverse disciplines to solve complex problems.

The Office of Research and Engagement is pleased to announce the new UT Collaborative Research Network (CORNET) Awards to stimulate interdisciplinary research on cancer. Researchers from across the UT system will meet at the UT CORNET Cancer Conference in early November to build partnerships to respond to this opportunity.
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Appalachia Community of Scholars to Hold Brown Bag Discussion on End-of-Life Care

The Appalachia Community of Scholars will hold a brown bag Tuesday, October 25 in Room 313 of the College of Nursing.

Sandy Mixer, associate professor of nursing, will present “Honoring Life’s Journey: Community-Academic Partnership for End-of-Life Care in Rural Appalachia.”

Previous research found that rural Appalachian persons in East Tennessee prefer to die at home, yet have limited knowledge and use of supportive end-of-life (EOL) healthcare services. This creates vulnerabilities and challenges for people, families, and community members. This presentation will discuss a community-academic partnership that includes leaders and residents in a rural Appalachian county and university faculty and students. The partnership draws on the expertise of families, churches, community members, healthcare providers, and academics to develop culturally-relevant materials for educating about EOL issues.

Please bring your lunch and join us for this engaging presentation from 12-1 p.m.

Funding Opportunities Roundup, October 21

Limited Submission Opportunities

Find information about limited submissions on the Limited Submissions Opportunities page.

FY 2017 General Scientific Infrastructure Support for CINR

Under the Fiscal Year 2017 Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research opportunity, applications can be submitted for equipment, software, instrumentation, and associated non-reactor upgrade requests that support nuclear energy-related R&D or education. Funding requests can include, but are not limited to, equipment and instrumentation for specialized facilities, classrooms and teaching laboratories (for universities only), and non-reactor NS&E research. Infrastructure requests that support the sharing and use of equipment and instrumentation by multiple campuses of a university, multiple universities, or national laboratories are encouraged.

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Recognitions, October 21

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

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