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Call for Nominations: 2015 Chancellor’s Awards

The Office of Research and Engagement is soliciting nominations for three awards celebrating distinct faculty groups: one for a multidisciplinary team, one for junior faculty, and one for tenured faculty. These awards will be presented at the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet on April 8, 2015.

If you know of a group or an individual who is deserving of such recognition, please submit a nomination for the following Chancellor’s Awards by January 23, 2015.

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Computing Pioneer Dean Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Mark Dean

KNOXVILLE—Mark Dean, a professor in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Engineering and an icon in the world of personal computing, has added another title to his already prestigious career: National Academy of Inventors Fellow for 2014.

Dean, the Fisher Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, holds three of IBM’s original nine patents for personal computers, including for the technology that allows multiple devices to be plugged into a computer at the same time.

“To have been selected for this and to see some of the other people on their list makes me feel really good,” said Dean, who joins UT Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement Taylor Eighmy, a 2013 selection and a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, as NAI fellows at UT. “There are a lot of great people on there, so being selected is an honor.”

Duane Miller, at the UT Health Science Center in Memphis, was also selected to this year’s class.

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ARPA-E: Changing What’s Possible

ARPA-EHave you ever wondered how new ways to generate, store and use energy are developed? The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), a subset of the US Department of Energy, advances high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private sector investment. The awardees of ARPA-E grants are unique because they are developing entirely new ways to generate, store and use energy.

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Understanding Confidentiality Agreements in Sponsored Research

Some research sponsors require the University of Tennessee to enter into a Confidentiality Agreement (CDA) in order to protect certain information it shares with the University from disclosure to third parties and the public. A CDA may also be called a Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA) or Proprietary Information Agreement (PIA). A sponsor may require that a CDA be executed before any University personnel can begin discussions on proposals with the sponsor, work on the sponsor’s project or visit sponsor’s facilities.

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