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Taylor Eighmy to Be President of UT San Antonio

Taylor Eighmy, Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement

Taylor Eighmy, Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement

UT Vice Chancellor of Research and Engagement Taylor Eighmy has announced plans to leave UT on August 31 to become president of the University of Texas at San Antonio, whose board approved the hire Tuesday.

“Taylor Eighmy is a talented administrator, respected scholar, and national leader in higher education policy,” said Chancellor Beverly Davenport. “The University of Texas at San Antonio is very fortunate to have landed such a great president. Taylor has been a trusted advisor and key member of my senior leadership team, and he has been invaluable to our partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

“He will be greatly missed at Tennessee.”

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Cochran Named Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Finance Administration

Donna Cochran will begin work as assistant vice chancellor for research finance administration on July 26.

Cochran comes to the Office of Research and Engagement from the Knoxville Dermatology Group, where she was chief financial officer.

Cochran replaces Beth Neilson, who announced her retirement earlier this year after having served in the role since 2008.
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Funding Opportunities, July 21

Federal Opportunities

Please contact Paul Montgomery (paul.montgomery@utk.edu) regarding your interest in federal opportunities.

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has published its FY 18 Basic Research Challenge (BRC) solicitation. This year’s BRC is interested in the following 4 topics:

  • Randomized Numerical Linear Algebra for Large-Scale, Efficient Matrix Computations
  • Levitated Optomechanics
  • Exploring Compositional Space to Predict and Evolve Multi-Principal Element Alloys
  • Guaranteed Performance of Multibody Control Systems

A maximum 5-page white paper is due by August 18, and a full proposal is due by November 17. ONR anticipates one award for topic 3 and multiple awards for the other topics, each totaling up to $6M over 4 years.

Humanities Opportunities

Please contact Alan Rutenberg (arutenberg@utk.edu) regarding your interest in Humanities opportunities.

The application deadline for ACLS Fellowships is September 27, 2017.The deadline for Guggenheim Fellowships is September 19, 2017. There will be separate workshops in late August devoted to each of these two fellowship programs.

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Recognitions, July 21

Eck Elected Chair of Southeast Region’s NORDP

Kimberly EckKimberly Eck, director of research development in the Office of Research and Engagement, was elected Chair of the Southeast Region’s National Organization of Research Development Professions (SE NORDP) Executive Committee. Eck is leading SE NORDP in creating its founding documents and policies so that it can be officially recognized by the national NORDP organization. SE NORDP will be a valuable regional network that supports professional development and faculty collaboration.

Benson, Graves, Lee Receive CRA Designation

The Office of Research and Engagement’s Jennifer Benson & Allyson Graves, Sponsored Programs Administrators, and Lisa Lee, IACMI Contract Manager, are the newest recipients of the Certified Research Administrator designation. The designation of Certified Research Administrator (CRA) means that an individual has met the requirements of the Research Administrators Certification Council‘s eligibility requirements and has demonstrated a level of knowledge necessary for a person to be a professional research or sponsored programs administrator.

Penn Awarded 2017 NCURA Travel Award

Marie PennMarie Penn from the Office of Sponsored Programs was awarded the 2017 National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) Travel Award. The Southeast Region of NCURA issues an annual $1,000 Travel Award to support a member to attend the region’s annual conference. These awards are issued through a competitive application process and awardees are selected based on service and contribution to the organization and professional development/institutional financial need. Continue reading

UT Professor Wraps Up Fulbright Experience in Manila

Krista Wiegand, with her son, Joseph Jordan, and husband, Michael L. Jordan, at a church in Tagaytay, Philippines, during Easter week.

Krista Wiegand, with her son, Joseph Jordan, and husband, Michael L. Jordan, at a church in Tagaytay, Philippines, during Easter week.

Krista Wiegand, director of the Global Security–Conflict Processes program at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and associate professor of political science, spent the past five months as a Fulbright senior scholar in the Philippines.

Krista Wiegand, director of the Global Security-Conflict Processes Program at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and associate professor of political science.

Krista Wiegand, director of the Global Security-Conflict Processes Program at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and associate professor of political science.

Wiegand was one of five UT faculty members awarded a Fulbright during the 2016–17 academic year. Only senior-level academics are awarded a Fulbright senior scholarship.

“My Fulbright experience was immensely rewarding, since I would never have been able to learn what I did from just reading books and articles from afar,” said Wiegand. “There is nothing that can replace living in a country and conducting field research to gain in-depth understanding of their political issues.”

Wiegand was based in the Department of International Studies at De La Salle University in Manila, where she conducted research about the role of the Philippines in the contentious South China Sea dispute with China, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam. She spent much of her time interviewing government officials, former government officials, scholars, and experts about Philippine foreign policies related to the maritime dispute.

The purpose of Wiegand’s research was to explore the motivation of former president Benigno Aquino’s regime seeking international arbitration against China in 2013, the process of the arbitration from 2013 to 2016, and the consequences of the arbitration decision for the Philippines in its relations with China and the United States.

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