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Four UT Students Win Scholarships, Fellowships to Study Languages Abroad

Jon BarsnessFour University of Tennessee, Knoxville, students have won prestigious scholarships and fellowships to travel abroad to learn cultures and languages that are critical to the United States’ future security and stability. One of those students, Jonathan Barsness, a doctoral student in political science, has won two different awards.

Barsness, of Seattle, has received a David L. Boren Fellowship to study in Jordan.

In addition, Barsness and three other students have been awarded Critical Language Scholarships for the summer. This is tied for the most Critical Language Scholarship recipients awarded in a single year in UT history. The other recipients are:

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Industry Experts Gather to Discuss Clean Energy Technology

Chancellor Cheek at SREI Workshop in Chattanooga

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek engages in a panel discussion on university innovation at the Southeast Regional Energy Innovation Workshop in Chattanooga Monday, May 23, 2016. To his right are David Kosson, professor of engineering and director of CRESP at Vanderbilt University, and Joanne Romagni, vice chancellor for research and dean of the graduate school at UT Chattanooga.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.— About 150 representatives from universities, industry and federal agencies, along with elected officials, attended today’s Southeast Regional Energy Innovation Workshop, a forum to advance clean energy technology innovation in the region.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall at the Southeast Regional Energy Innovation WorkshopHosted by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the event provided an opportunity to explore ways universities, industry, the Department of Energy’s national labs, and other federal agencies can drive rapid innovation of technologies for use in the marketplace.

Guests included U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, DOE Undersecretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and leaders from academia and the private sector.

“Our region has a clear advantage on clean energy technology innovation given our focus on materials science for energy storage, advanced manufacturing, solar and nuclear,” said UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “Our close partnerships with ORNL and with many industries here in the Southeast allow us to help advance the clean energy technology ecosystem.”
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Funding Opportunities Roundup, May 20

Federal Opportunities

Please notify Paul Montgomery ( of your interest in the following opportunities. 

DARPA Funding Opportunity in Mathematical/Computational Design

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has published a solicitation for the TRAnsformative DESign (TRADES) program. The goal of TRADES is to “advance the foundational mathematics and computational tools required to generate and better manage the enormous complexity of design” with regard to maximizing use of new materials and manufacturing processes. The program is structured in two “independent but collaborative” Technical Areas (TAs):
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Fetal Heart Monitor App Helps Train Future Nurses


Susan Fancher, simulation director for the College of Nursing, demonstrates how the simulated electronic fetal monitoring app works. PHOTOS BY MELISSA DOS SANTOS

Sheila Taylor leaned in to see the baby’s heartbeat rhythm. She watched as the baby’s heartbeat line fell without a corresponding spike showing the mother’s uterus contracting down on it.

“That looks ugly,” she murmured.

This time, though, there was no baby in distress. No quick phone call to a doctor. No hurried Caesarean delivery. It was all just a University of Tennessee iPad simulation app to train labor and delivery nurses.

Taylor, a UT clinical assistant professor in the College of Nursing, and Susan Fancher, the simulation director for the College of Nursing, worked to develop the app to create a more realistic experience to instruct future nurses in monitoring babies and their mothers during labor. Xueping Li, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering, and Tami Wyatt, professor in College of Nursing, also helped develop the app.

“We love to collaborate with others,” Fancher said. “We have problems and others can help us find solutions.”
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