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Marisa Moazen Named Director of Undergraduate Research

Marisa Moazen has been named the new director of Undergraduate Research for the Office of Research & Engagement at the University of Tennessee, effective September 1.

Moazen joins ORE from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) where she was responsible for connecting faculty and students from across the nation with research opportunities within the federal government.

Marisa Moazen

Marisa Moazen

“I am excited to be joining the University of Tennessee,” said Moazen. “I look forward to working with students across campus and bringing greater awareness and access to the benefits of undergraduates research.  Studies have shown that students involved in undergraduate research have increased confidence, awareness and understanding of their chosen field.”

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Federal Biosafety Initiatives Announcement

This week, the White House asked federally funded labs studying infectious agents to take “immediate steps” to inventory samples and review safety and security procedures in light of several well-publicized incidents, exposures and disturbing discoveries occurring in high-profile, high-containment government laboratories. In response, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has called for a month-long review of policies and procedures, inventory of infectious agents and toxins, and training of all relevant staff. Although federal facilities/laboratories and associated agencies are the primary targets of the “Safety Stand-Down,” institutions receiving funding from federal agencies (e.g. NIH, as does UT) are strongly encouraged to participate in a similar way. 

For more information, please visit the Biosafety Program website.

Faculty Development Workshops Open for Registration

The Office of Research & Engagement’s Faculty Development Team is offering several training opportunities during the fall semester. These workshops range from finding funding to successful collaborations and proposal development basics. Participants develop the skills and knowledge they need to seek funding, craft proposals and advance their careers.

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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

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