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Secretary of Commerce Visits UT Partner IACMI

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker visits IACMI

(L to R) Rep. Kent Calfee, UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, IACMI CEO Craig Blue, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, Gov. Bill Haslam, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, ORNL Director Thom Mason, US Rep. Chuck Fleischman, Mark Johnson (DOE), Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank, Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, and Johnny Moore, DOE Oak Ridge Site Operations.

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, visited the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation Thursday as part of a two-day tour of the institutes that make up the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.

Gov. Bill Haslam, Mark Johnson from the Department of Energy, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischman, Rep. Kent Calfee, and mayors from Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Knox County and Anderson County were present for portions of the day’s activities.

Pritzker toured Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility during her visit with the institute, industry partners and government leaders.

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Secretary of Commerce to Tour UT Partner IACMI

On Thursday, Aug. 27, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Department of Energy Assistant Secretary David Danielson will visit the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation in Knoxville.

US Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker.

US Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker.
Photo by Dept. of Commerce.

The visit is part of a two-day tour of the institutes make up the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. Gov. Bill Haslam, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will join Pritzker for portions of the day’s activities.

The group will tour the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility and National Transportation Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is a key strategic partner of IACMI and led the proposal efforts with ORNL.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced the new institute in January during a visit to East Tennessee. The White House initiative aims to strengthen the global competitiveness of America’s manufacturing sector and the workforce. The NNMI now has six institutes, and three more are being formed.
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New T Route Connects UT to Pellissippi and ORNL Every Weekday

A new T bus route has been added to UT’s Parking and Transit schedule to help connect members of the campus community to Pellissippi State Community College’s Hardin Valley campus and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

UT hopes to attract people affiliated with UT, ORNL, and Pellissippi State Community College to offer the new route as a sustainable alternative to commuting by vehicle.
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New Facility Enhances Research Opportunities Across Campus

Knowing that the smallest things can sometimes cause the biggest problems, UT has created a facility to remedy that dilemma for researchers.

The newly established Micro-Processing Research Facility (MPRF) will allow researchers to conduct research and development requiring thin film processing technology at the micron level without having to leave the campus.
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ORE Forms Human Research Protection Program

The Office of Research Integrity continues to make strides in strengthening the infrastructure for responsible conduct of research oversight and support on campus. As part of this effort, three new staff have been hired to form the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Human Research Protection Program (HRPP).

The HRPP is the administrative arm of UT’s infrastructure to protect human participants in research. This unit, in partnership with the faculty-led Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the research community, is responsible for ensuring the safety and welfare of participants in human research projects conducted under the UT Federalwide Assurance. It provides the campus and the IRB with professional guidance and administrative support.
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New Subrecipient Form Online

The Office of Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce a newly revised Subrecipient Commitment Form that will be used at the proposal stage when we are proposing to have a subcontractor. As part of our continuing efforts to streamline our processes and reduce the administrative burden on faculty and staff, we have shortened this form to a single page. We anticipate that our subcontract partners will find the form easier to complete and return in an expedient manner.
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