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Shared Governance Model Vital to Safe, Compliant Campus

The concept of shared governance is a unifying principle for many academic institutions that promotes transparency, accessibility, timeliness, collaboration, and consistency in university operations. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, faculty are encouraged to participate in institutional governance in a variety of ways. Two of the most visible means are through either the Faculty Senate or established faculty-led committees.
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ORE Sponsors Preparation for NSF CAREER Applications

The Office of Research and Engagement is in the process of identifying faculty eligible to apply for the prestigious NSF CAREER Award and will be contacting them directly to encourage participation in the March 24 workshop and webinar.  Additional workshops and meetings will also be scheduled in the following months to offer assistance to eligible faculty interested in applying for this significant award integrating education and research.
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Humanities Center Announces Fellowship Winners


From left to right: Stephen Collins-Elliot, Mary Dzon, Kristina Gehrman, Anne-Hèlène Miller, Tore Olsson, and Jay Rubenstein.

The UT Humanities Center has announced its class of fellows for the 2015–16 academic year. The faculty and graduate student fellowship recipients will be afforded a full year in the Humanities Center to pursue their respective research projects.

“The humanities are crucial to our development as thoughtful citizens capable of thinking critically in an ever increasingly complex world,” said Thomas Heffernan, director of the Humanities Center. “Our knowledge of our historical traditions is an indispensable guide to an enlightened future.”
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Events: Week of March 9-13

A full listing of campus events for this week may be found here.

Monday, March 9

College of Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series: Terry Hazen
Speaker: Dr. Terry C. Hazen
Title of Lecture: Methane: the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Webcast: This lecture will be available live as a webcast.
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM; Min Kao Electrical Engineering Building, Room 622
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UT Research: Conservation Organizations Need to Keep Up with Nature

Little Nutton Hook, the conservation project by Scenic Hudson that was featured in the paper. Photo by Robert Rodriquez Jr.

Little Nutton Hook, the conservation project by Scenic Hudson that was featured in the paper. Photo by Robert Rodriquez Jr.

Nature is on the move. As the impacts of climate change reveal themselves, species and ecosystems are moving in response. This poses a fundamental challenge to conservation organizations—how do you conserve something that won’t stay still?

A new paper authored by Paul Armsworth, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, suggests that in order to cope, conservation organizations need to adapt like the organisms they seek to protect.

The paper, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, argues that conservation organizations need to be bolder in their adaptation efforts given the rate and extent of the ecological changes that are coming.

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ORE’s NIH Open House a Success Despite Winter Weather

janet1_webOn Wednesday, February 18, the Office of Research and Engagement hosted the UT NIH Research Community Open House. Despite the snow and ice, 55 Community members were able to attend, with faculty representation from the Institute of Agriculture, the Graduate School of Medicine, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in addition to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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