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ORE Announces New SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant

The Office of Research and Engagement is glad to announce a new Southeastern Conference (SEC) Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program. The program, intended to enhance faculty collaboration between SEC universities, gives faculty members from one SEC university the opportunity to travel to another SEC campus to exchange ideas, develop grant proposals, conduct research, present a recital, or engage in whatever activities are agreeable to the visitor and host unit.
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Senator ‘Amazed’ by Students, Posters at the Library



Sen. Richard Briggs, right, speaks with Emma Pugmire, senior in Classics, about her research on the Latin inscription at ‘Ayn Gharandal during the Posters at the Library event at Hodges Library Friday, March 27, 2015.

The Office of Undergraduate Research held a Posters at the Library event Friday afternoon, March 27 in Hodges Library. This event was previously scheduled in February as the annual Posters at the Capitol event in Nashville. However, due to inclement weather the trip was canceled.

“We are excited to give our students another chance to share their research with our state legislators and the general public,” said Marisa Moazen, director of undergraduate research.

Nine undergraduate students presented eight posters at Friday’s event on subjects ranging from physics to archaeology. Approximately 100 people stopped by to hear presentations and speak with students about their research.
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NSF Career Award Workshop Introduced Enhanced Review Process

The Office of Research and Engagement hosted an NSF Career Award Workshop Tuesday, March 24. Twenty potential applicants were in attendance, as well as three faculty members: Jeff Reinbolt and Kivanc Ekici, both from Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering (MABE), who recently received career awards, and also Dan Roberts, head of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB), who has served as an NSF program officer.

ORE staff outlined a new enhanced review process, which requires applicants to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) by April 14, 2015.

Those interested can contact Alan Rutenberg ( for more information.

UT Faculty Pitch Ideas, Gather Information on Research Opportunities at Navy Conference

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) hosted its biennial Naval Science and Technology Expo in February, where over 2,500 representatives from government, industry, and academia gathered to discuss key ONR programs and new research opportunities.

Six faculty members from the University of Tennessee were among those in attendance. Most of them were invited to meet with ONR program managers to present ideas for future research projects. In addition to engaging program managers one-on-one, faculty also received information about the direction of various ONR research programs, including key scientific challenges.
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Harvard Librarian Robert Darnton to speak on the future of the book

Robert DarntonRobert Darnton, director of the Harvard University Library, will speak on “Books, Libraries, and the Digital Future” on Wednesday, April 1, 3:30 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library.

“Despite a lot of loose talk about the death of the book and the obsolescence of libraries, books and libraries are more important than ever in the current digital environment,” Darnton has argued, “and their importance will increase as we design the digital future—if only we can get it right.”
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