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Proposal, award numbers up, dollar totals lag in 4th quarter

With Fiscal Year 2014 at an end, the Office of Research & Engagement fourth quarter report shows University of Tennessee, Knoxville researchers increased the number of proposals submitted to 1,642 – a 7 percent increase over last year. The value of submitted proposals increased by 50 percent over last year with a total of over $760.6 million.

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Updated Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan

The Biosafety Office has released an updated version of the Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Exposure Control Plan (ECP) which has been developed and implemented to meet the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030).

This 2014-15 edition of the Exposure Control Plan will be valid through September 30, 2015.  There are no substantial changes relative to the 2013-14 edition.

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Sharing for Success: Rentsch’s Research Focuses on Collaborative Problem Solving

quest-iorlJoan Rentsch, professor of communication studies and director of UT’s Integrative Organizational Research Laboratory, studies the intricacies of group communication. She specializes in helping teams of people with different expertise solve complex problems.

Although Rentsch’s research is primarily aimed at the workplace, it’s applicable to just about any team tasked with making complex decisions. “Ideally, team members should pull knowledge, expertise, and relevant information together to be able to make an informed decision,” Rentsch says.

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Instructional Video for iMedRIS

Are you still uncertain how to navigate in iMedRIS? Do you have questions that the resources don’t seem to answer?

The following video was created to illustrate how to select all appropriate persons who need to be connected to their study, and how to make sure they route it to those persons for signature.

You must have a valid UT NetID to view this video on the DMS (Digital Media Services) Mediasite server.

Political Science Researcher Builds Upon Assets of Rural County

Tim Ezzell, Research Scientist in the UTK Political Science Department, is partnering with the people in rural Calhoun County, WV to build on one of their more unusual assets.

County commissioner Bob Weaver appreciates the partnership: “We are among the smallest counties in West Virginia and we rarely have the funds to develop things on our own in terms of public projects. We view this as a real opportunity to maybe do something.”

More at the UT Community Engagement Facebook page.

2014 Outreach Grant Winner Terri Combs-Orme

outreachgrant-2014-Logo-300x152Terri Combs-Orme, Urban Child Institute Endowed Professor for the University of Tennessee’s College of Social Work, was awarded a 2013-14 Outreach and Engagement Incentive grant for her research with early childhood brain development.

Orme partnered with the Knox County Health Department to provide educational resources for disadvantaged mothers of young children.

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