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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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Nuttle Named Director of Faculty Development Team

Louise Nuttle has been named director of the Faculty Development Team in the Office of Research and Engagement, effective July 27.

Nuttle joins the University of Tennessee from her position as assistant vice president for research and director of sponsored programs at East Tennessee State University, which she held for the past eight years.

Louise NuttleIn that role, she directed the daily operations of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Administration and provided individualized assistance to ETSU’s faculty in their pursuit of extramural funding to support their research, service, instruction and scholarship activities.

“I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues in the Office of Research and Engagement to design and deliver programs and services that support faculty research and scholarship. I think we have a real opportunity to make a significant contribution to the success of both the individual researchers as well as the institution as a whole. I’m really excited to be part of it.”
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Boone Named New Manager for Strategic Research Initiatives

Aileen Boone

Aileen Boone has been named the new manager for strategic research initiatives with the Research Development Team. Boone comes to the Office of Research and Engagement after having a career at Oak Ridge National Laboratory working with the ORNL project for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services. She has extensive experience managing, writing, and editing proposals for government and private industry. Boone earned her bachelor’s and master’s in English and is very knowledgeable about technical communication.

Please join us in welcoming Aileen to the University of Tennessee and ORE!

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Marisa Moazen Named Director of Undergraduate Research

Marisa Moazen has been named the new director of Undergraduate Research for the Office of Research & Engagement at the University of Tennessee, effective September 1.

Moazen joins ORE from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) where she was responsible for connecting faculty and students from across the nation with research opportunities within the federal government.

Marisa Moazen

Marisa Moazen

“I am excited to be joining the University of Tennessee,” said Moazen. “I look forward to working with students across campus and bringing greater awareness and access to the benefits of undergraduates research.  Studies have shown that students involved in undergraduate research have increased confidence, awareness and understanding of their chosen field.”

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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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Nelson Named Associate Vice Chancellor for Research

Janet Nelson has been named the new associate vice chancellor for research, focusing on research development, effective July 1.

Nelson joins UT’s Office of Research and Engagement from her position as director of business development for the URS Corporation. She replaces Greg Reed, who has served as associate vice chancellor for research since 2007.

“I am extremely excited about the terrific opportunities that await me at UT, and I am looking forward to working closely with the Office of Research and Engagement team,” said Nelson. ”It is clear that the faculty and staff here care deeply about developing and challenging the minds of our future generation of leaders, and it is a great honor to serve the university and community in building the research and scholarship programs.”

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