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UT Postdoc Leads New Phase of NASA’s Pluto, Spitzer Telescope Observations

NASA scientists will get a deeper look at Pluto thanks to a new round of observations being led by a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, postdoctoral student.

Noemi Pinilla-AlonsoNoemi Pinilla-Alonso, a postdoctoral researcher in earth and planetary sciences, is the lead investigator of the Spitzer Space Telescope observations. The seven-day study, which began Thursday, is gathering infrared data at 18 different longitudes. The information will help scientists better understand the possible changes to the ice on the dwarf planet’s surface over the past 10 years.
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New NSF Award Supports Continued Operations at JICS

The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS), a partnership between UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has received $3 million in new funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue to provide advanced computing resources through July 2016. The NSF award covers management and operation of machines called Darter and Beacon.

“By virtue of this award to sustain advanced computing resources for a wide spectrum of researchers across the country, JICS is also able to make available these same resources to UT researchers,” said JICS director Tony Mezzacappa.

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National Institutes of Health Researcher Joins College of Nursing

Lynda Hardy has joined UT’s College of Nursing as associate dean for research.

HardyHardy has extensive experience in research administration in the private and public sector, most recently serving as the senior program director of the National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health.

During this time Hardy was responsible for the development, coordination, and administration of grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts with a special focus on clinical trials, global health, infection, and noninfectious diseases across the lifespan.

“Dr. Hardy’s expertise in advancing nursing science in clinical and governmental agencies will bring new perspectives to the College of Nursing,” said Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the College of Nursing. “Her drive, energy, and passion for collaboration and research will strengthen our impact on health and health care in Tennessee and beyond.”

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Tennant Named Director of UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences

Alan TennantOAK RIDGE—Alan Tennant has been appointed director of the Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The institute is a partnership between ORNL and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

“Neutrons are the future in characterizing materials, especially soft matter,” said Taylor Eighmy, vice chancellor for research and engagement at UT. “With Alan as director, we can begin to establish deep thought leadership at UT and ORNL in this growing field.”

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Eastman Again Partners with UT to Encourage Young Engineers

The College of Engineering’s summer enrichment programs are in full swing at UT, and Eastman is proving once again to be a vital partner.

The Fortune 300 company, headquartered close by in Kingsport, is providing support for the camps and the college for another summer, this time sponsoring the High School Introduction to Engineering Systems for 12th Graders—or HITES 12—from July 12 to 17.
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Boone Named New Manager for Strategic Research Initiatives

Aileen Boone

Aileen Boone has been named the new manager for strategic research initiatives with the Research Development Team. Boone comes to the Office of Research and Engagement after having a career at Oak Ridge National Laboratory working with the ORNL project for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services. She has extensive experience managing, writing, and editing proposals for government and private industry. Boone earned her bachelor’s and master’s in English and is very knowledgeable about technical communication.

Please join us in welcoming Aileen to the University of Tennessee and ORE!

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