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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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WUOT: Why Some Scientific Collaborations are More Beneficial than Others

Joe Palca, journalist at NPR, published a segment Monday, December 15, looking at international scientific collaborations. He spoke with two ecologists, Emilio Bruna, professor of wildlife ecology and conservation and Latin American studies at the University of Florida and Stefano Allesina, assistant professor of ecology and evolution at the University of Chicago, on their recent research.

Bruna and Allesina wanted to know the scope of influence international scientific collaboration had on journal placement.

With approximately 20k scientific journals published today and only a fraction of those considered high profile publications that “set the agenda for scientific research,” the pair was interested in determining if collaborative research helped set the bar for inclusion.

The study, published in PLOS ONE, found that international papers receive better placement and are cited more often than non-international papers.

Listen to the full segment at WUOT.

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