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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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ORE adds Moyer for social science support

Diana Moyer

Diana Moyer

Diana Moyer has joined the staff of the Office of Research and Engagement. Moyer was transferred from the Center for the Study of Social Justice, where she coordinated center activities. From 2001 to 2009 she was a faculty member in the Cultural Studies of Education program. Moyer will support proposal development in the social sciences as part of the ORE Faculty Development Team.

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