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Quarterly Research Report: July 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017

ORE FY17 Q3 Research SummaryDuring the third quarter of FY17, in addition to the funding of projects from the federal government, we saw increases of awards from non-profit, for-profit, and foreign organizations to support our research enterprise. This is encouraging as we continue our momentum towards the Top 25.

One particular project of interest during this quarter was awarded to Uma Rao, Betsey R. Bush Endowed Professor of Behavioral Health and director of UT’s Center for Behavioral Health Research. Rao submitted a proposal to the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to investigate the “Ethnic Influences on Stress, Energy Balance and Obesity in Adolescents.”  This research will be beneficial in developing future programs to assist individuals with weight control interventions and obesity prevention.

Click the image to view or download the First Quarterly Research Report of FY17 for the Office of Research and Engagement.

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.

Several of UT’s graduate concentrations are among the top at all public and private universities:

  • Nuclear engineering is seventh in the nation.
  • Supply chain management is eighth in the nation.
  • The School of Information Sciences in the College of Communication and Information is 17th in the nation.

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History Department’s Outreach Program Gives High Schoolers College Classroom Experience

On a recent Thursday morning, students from two local high schools debated the merits of radical abolitionist John Brown’s violent approach to overthrowing slavery during the 1850s.

They split into two groups on opposite sides of the Great Room in the UT International House and debated whether Brown, who led attacks on pro-slavery residents, was a hero or traitor.

The spirited discussion, moderated by Ernest Freeberg, head of the Department of History, gave the teens a taste of a college-level lecture—and of a UT history class in particular.

The students’ visit was part of the Department of History’s Bridge Program, an outreach initiative that connects UT history faculty with Advanced Placement US history students at Knox County’s Austin-East and Fulton High Schools.

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Quarterly Research Report: July 1 – December 31, 2016

ORE FY17 Q2 Research SummaryDuring the second quarter of FY17, the Office of Research and Engagement continued to assist in several proposal submissions and to receive several awards from external sponsors to support proposed projects.

One of the projects awarded this quarter was for a proposal submitted to the National Institute of Justice by Giovanni Vidoli, research assistant professor of anthropology and assistant director of the Forensic Anthropology Center, entitled “Implications of Three-Dimensional Laser Scanned Images for the Criminal Justice System.” The goal of this project is to provide quantitative data on a layperson’s and forensic professional’s interpretation and assessment of traditional scene documentation and 3D laser scanned representations of potential crime scenes.

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UT Student Receives Prestigious Boren Scholarship to Study in Jordan

Lucille “Lucy” Greer, who just completed her junior year at UT, has received a prestigious Boren Scholarship that will allow her to spend next year studying Arabic and international politics in Jordan.

Greer, of Knoxville, is majoring in political science with a concentration in international affairs and Middle Eastern studies. She aspires to a career in diplomacy with a focus on the Arab world.

Philip Baites, who also just completed his junior year, was named an alternate for the Boren Scholarship and, if awarded, will study in Morocco.

David L. Boren scholarships and fellowships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program, a federal initiative designed to build a pool of US citizens with foreign language and international skills. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work in the federal government for at least a year.

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