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ORE Offers Training Related to Upcoming Fellowship Opportunities

Two prestigious fellowship programs in the humanities and social sciences are accepting applications for the 2017-18 academic year. UT faculty are encouraged to apply to the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship programs.

In support of faculty who are interested in applying, the Office of Research and Engagement is offering workshops specifically geared toward these opportunities.
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Recognitions, August 4

Fernandez Wins R15 Award from National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Dr. Elias Fernandez, Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology, has been awarded a new R15 award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for his project, “The Role of Allostery in CAR Transactivation.” NIH has established the R15 Award to stimulate research at educational institutions that provide baccalaureate training for a significant number of the nation’s research scientists but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. The award provides funding for small-scale, new or ongoing health-related research projects.

Gross Named NIMBioS Director, Chosen as Fellow

Louis J. Gross has been named the new NIMBioS director. A distinguished UT professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and mathematics, Gross is the founding director of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) and director of UT’s Institute for Environmental Modeling. He has also been chosen as a member of the inaugural class of fellows of the Society for Mathematical Biology. His research focuses on computational and mathematical ecology, with applications to plant ecology, conservation biology, natural resource management, and landscape ecology.

Alderman to Study Role of Geography, Geospatial Intelligence During Civil Rights Era

Derek Alderman, a UT professor of geography, has received a three-year $373,000 National Science Foundation grant to explore those geospatial tactics and determine what can be learned about patterns of racial inequality. Alderman will also examine how groups like the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) collected and leveraged geospatial intelligence data to bolster their activist efforts. The findings will be crucial to advancing modern knowledge of geospatial intelligence, particularly since many of the issues of the civil rights era are still relevant today. It also would help define how we view African American resistance and geography in general, Alderman said.

Student, Faculty Design/Build Project Recognized with Statewide Award of Excellence

The multi-awarded Beardsley Farm Education Center has earned statewide recognition from the Tennessee American Institute of Architects. The project, a product of the college’s successful design/build program, received the Design Award of Excellence, the organization’s highest honor, during its state convention in Memphis this month.Led by professors Jennifer Akerman and Bob French, students and faculty designed and largely built the 1,200-square-foot center at CAC Beardsley Community Farm, an urban farm that serves those in need in Knoxville. The structure used more than 30,000 bricks donated by General Shale to provide a classroom, office spaces and restrooms for the farm. Students also designed and built an amphitheater for the outdoor classroom.

Please send faculty, staff and student recognitions to Erin Chapin (

Funding Opportunities, August 4

Federal Opportunities

Please contact Paul Montgomery ( regarding your interest in federal opportunities.

NASA published a solicitation for its New (Early Career) Investigator Program in Earth Science. This program places “particular emphasis on the investigators’ ability to promote and increase the use of space-based remote sensing” as well as the below 6 topics:

  • Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems
  • Water and Energy Cycle
  • Climate Variability and Change
  • Atmospheric Composition
  • Weather
  • Earth Surface and Interior

To be eligible, a proposer must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, have received a PhD on/after Jan 1, 2012, and not hold tenure before Sep 14, 2017. The average award is $80-90K annually for up to 3 years.  NASA anticipates making about 12 awards. A notice of intent is due by August 14, and proposals are due by September 14.

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LaMattina Named Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Development

Bruce LaMattina will begin work as the associate vice chancellor for research development within the Office of Research and Engagement, on July 31.

LaMattina will lead efforts to develop and strengthen UT’s research culture while increasing the capacity and productivity in transdisciplinary research, scholarship, and creative activity across all disciplines. He will oversee the Faculty Development Team, Research Development Team, Research Informatics, and the Core Facility Program.

“From the onset, I recognized UT’s exceptional leadership, its strong research enterprise, and the significant capabilities of the research development arm of ORE,” said LaMattina. “It’s exciting to be a part of something great.”
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