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Mercer to Join Office of Research and Engagement

Jean Mercer will join the Office of Research and Engagement as assistant vice chancellor for research and director of the Office of Sponsored Programs on January 4, 2016.

Jean MercerMercer has extensive experience in research administration in higher education, most recently serving as the director of grant services in the Office of Research Administration at Indiana University. While there, she supervised and reviewed the processing of all grant and contract applications to external agencies and the receipt of awards and contracts from these organizations, instructed and advised faculty and staff on proposal preparation, and supervised a staff of thirty. Mercer also helped implement a new grant administration software.

“We are so delighted to have Jean join the ORE team,” said Taylor Eighmy, vice chancellor for research and engagement. “She brings a depth and breadth of leadership experience to ORE. She led a very large sponsored programs office at a very large, complex research university. Her acumen and collaborative approach will be apparent on day one.”
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UT and Y-12 Chemical Sensing Technology Wins National R&D100 Award

A low-cost chemical sensor invented by a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, chemistry professor in partnership with the Y-12 National Security Complex has been recognized by R&D Magazine as a top technology product in the marketplace.
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Deadline to Submit Research Abstracts for NCUR Approaching

The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is an annual conference promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study. Through this gathering of more than 4,000 young scholars, NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement, provides models of exemplary research and scholarship, and helps to improve the state of undergraduate education.

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Center for Transportation Research Announces 2015 Fellows

Center for Transportation Research fellows 2015

The Center for Transportation’s 2015 Fellows, from left to right: Mingzhou Jin – Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering; John Bell – Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management; John Ma – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Charles Sims – Department of Economics, Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy; Subhadeep Chakraborty – Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering.

UT’s Center for Transportation Research (CTR) has announced a class of five faculty members as its 2015–16 fellows.
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New Electronic Submission System for Research Proposals

Cayuse LogoSince about 2013, the University of Tennessee System has been involved in a procurement effort for all campuses in the system to acquire a vendor—supported enterprise level (1) sponsored project life cycle management system and (2) an electronic proposal development and submittal system for (which encompasses most federal agencies) and Fastlane (for NSF only). A committee comprised of representatives from each campus selected the Cayuse SP and Cayuse 424 suite from eVisions.

Read a memo from Taylor Eighmy, vice chancellor of research and engagement, regarding the implementation of this new proposal software.

The Office of Sponsored Programs will begin training sessions for Cayuse SP the week of Thanksgiving. Several sessions are available between November 23, 2015-January 5, 2016 with three tentative sessions built in on an as needed basis.

Given the system conversion and the holiday closures, if you have a proposal needing submittal between Friday, December 18 and Thursday, December 31, then please plan on having your proposal submitted to OSP no later than Thursday, December 10. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at 865-974-3466 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

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