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Physics Research Team Discover How Attraction Creates Daughter Cells in E. Coli

Like other living creatures, bacteria guarantee their future by passing down DNA to their children. Escherichia coli (E. coli, for short) are tremendously gifted at this, typically splitting down the middle into two daughter cells and providing each with a full set of chromosomes in favorable conditions as fast as every 20 minutes. Research has shown that exclusion plays a big role in this division process by limiting where necessary division proteins can gather in the parent cell. Assistant Professor Jaan Mannik, graduate student Matthew Bailey and their colleagues have identified a new positioning system for cell division proteins in E. coli: one that attracts these proteins rather than excluding them. Their findings were published August 7 in the journal PLOS Genetics.

Read more about their research on the Department of Physics and Astronomy website

2014-15 SARIF Equipment and Infrastructure Awards Announcement

The Office of Research and Engagement (ORE) is accepting proposals for the Equipment and Infrastructure Awards (EIA), a part of the Scholarly Activity and Research Incentive Fund (SARIF) administered by ORE. SARIF will provide up to $300,000 in matching funds for the purchase, upgrade, or repair of research equipment on the UT Knoxville campus. Proposals from the faculty are accepted in fall semester so that awarded funds can be spent by the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2015.

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iMedRIS Open for Submissions

As of Monday, August 11, researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville can now submit their protocols electronically to the IRB office for review.

iMedRISOn September 1, 2014, the UTK campus will complete its transition from paper to digital submissions for IRB protocols. Prior to that date, researchers may either choose to submit paper forms to the IRB office or they may log into the iMedRIS system and submit electronically.

After September 1st, new paper submissions will no longer be accepted.

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Grant proposal needs a data management plan? DMPTool can help.

DMPTool logoMany grant funding agencies require researchers to plan ahead for data preservation and sharing as part of their research projects. To aid with these requirements, the University Libraries subscribes to an online tool that makes the process a little easier – the DMPTool. Since Fall 2013, researchers at UT have had access to the DMPTool, which walks researchers step-by-step through the process of writing a data management plan (DMP) for their grant proposal. The DMPTool incorporates data management planning requirements from a range of funding agencies.

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Sociology Professor Receives Fulbright to Teach, Conduct Research in Botswana

Asafa Jalata

Dr. Asafa Jalata has received a Fulbright grant for the 2014-2015 academic year to teach and conduct research on the evolution of democracy in Botswana.He will teach Sociology of Development at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Botswana, Gaborone, and he will engage in research to write articles and a comparative book entitled Cultural Capital and Democracy in Botswana and Ethiopia.

Relatively speaking, Botswana is praised for its economic and democratic successes and peace, unlike many areas of Dr. Jalata’s previous research. The main question he will address is: What are the major factors that have contributed to these successes and how can more successes be achieved in the future?  

US Army Award to Further UT Bioenergy Research

In faraway places around the world, US soldiers are challenged with carrying out missions despite the lack of access to energy supplies. A UT bioenergy researcher has received funding from the US Department of Defense to help find a solution.

Barry Bruce


Barry Bruce, professor of biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology, has received $96,713 from the Army Research Office to further his work in harnessing the power of photosynthesis to create cheap and efficient energy.

The money will purchase two photobioreactors and establish the Tennessee Photobioreactor Facility for Bioenergy Applications.

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