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Grant proposal needs a data management plan? DMPTool can help.

DMPTool logoMany grant funding agencies require researchers to plan ahead for data preservation and sharing as part of their research projects. To aid with these requirements, the University Libraries subscribes to an online tool that makes the process a little easier – the DMPTool. Since Fall 2013, researchers at UT have had access to the DMPTool, which walks researchers step-by-step through the process of writing a data management plan (DMP) for their grant proposal. The DMPTool incorporates data management planning requirements from a range of funding agencies.

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Sociology Professor Receives Fulbright to Teach, Conduct Research in Botswana

Asafa Jalata

Dr. Asafa Jalata has received a Fulbright grant for the 2014-2015 academic year to teach and conduct research on the evolution of democracy in Botswana.He will teach Sociology of Development at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Botswana, Gaborone, and he will engage in research to write articles and a comparative book entitled Cultural Capital and Democracy in Botswana and Ethiopia.

Relatively speaking, Botswana is praised for its economic and democratic successes and peace, unlike many areas of Dr. Jalata’s previous research. The main question he will address is: What are the major factors that have contributed to these successes and how can more successes be achieved in the future?  


US Army Award to Further UT Bioenergy Research

In faraway places around the world, US soldiers are challenged with carrying out missions despite the lack of access to energy supplies. A UT bioenergy researcher has received funding from the US Department of Defense to help find a solution.

Barry Bruce

Bruce

Barry Bruce, professor of biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology, has received $96,713 from the Army Research Office to further his work in harnessing the power of photosynthesis to create cheap and efficient energy.

The money will purchase two photobioreactors and establish the Tennessee Photobioreactor Facility for Bioenergy Applications.

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OPPORTUNITY: Gates Foundation/GDN Next Horizons Essay Contest 2014

The following funding opportunity might be of interest to graduate students or faculty members:  

The Global Development Network (GDN) in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announces an international essay contest.  The contest invites essays on the future of development assistance.  The primary objective of the contest is to invite fresh thinking related to the future of aid that can inform the ongoing discourse on development assistance and to make this thinking available to policymakers and key stakeholders. 

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Sonya Sullivan Named New IRB Compliance Officer

Sonya Sullivan is the new IRB compliance officer at the Office of Research & Engagement.

Sonya Sullivan

Sonya Sullivan has been named the new IRB Compliance Officer for the Office of Research & Engagement at the University of Tennessee, effective August 4.

Sullivan joins ORE from her position as senior protocol research analyst at Purdue University where she was responsible for maintaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocols in compliance with federal and institutional requirements.

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Filling Up Could Cost Less Thanks to UT-ORNL Breakthrough

Sticker shock at the gas pump could soon be a thing of the past thanks to research being conducted by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Among the key components in processing fuels, particularly bio-friendly ones, are the membranes that aid in the process of separating unwanted compositions such as water from the fuel or hydrocarbon from aqueous phase.

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