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Recognitions, November 28

Students Get Silver Medal in International Synthetic Biology Competition

The UT iGEM team after returning home from the 2018 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Giant Jamboree.

A group of six UT students won a silver medal for their performance in the 2018 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Giant Jamboree, an international competition for students interested in synthetic biology.

The undergraduate students who represented UT are:

  • Scott Dixon, of Franklin, Tennessee, a senior in chemical and biomolecular engineering
  • Brandon D. Kristy, of Knoxville, a sophomore in entomology and plant pathology
  • Molly E. Landon, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a senior in chemical and biomolecular engineering
  • Ralph B. Laure, of Smyrna, Tennessee, a senior in chemical and biomolecular engineering
  • Karl D. Leitner, of Brentwood, Tennessee, a senior in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology
  • Morgan T. Street, of Johnson City, Tennessee, a sophomore in chemical and biomolecular engineering

The UT group competed against 342 other teams—roughly 6,000 participants—from 42 countries. They shared the silver medal with Yale University.

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Research.gov Update

As you might be aware, NSF introduced a new platform for proposal submission in Research.gov in April 2018.  The intent of Research.gov is to modernize proposal submission capabilities.  The new system focuses on enhancing the user experience and reducing administrative burden with an intuitive interface and automated compliance checking.  The new system is being developed incrementally and, as more FastLane features become available in Research.gov, the system features will expand until it replaces FastLane for proposal preparation and submission.  The system is currently available for Full, Research, non-collaborative proposals ONLY.

OSP has not mandated use of one system or the other.  This allows the PI and/or departmental staff assisting with submission to determine the submission method.  OSP has submitted proposals using Research.gov and wanted to share feedback from those submissions.

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NSF Picks UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Biodiversity Project

UT-ORNL Governorís Chair for Microbiology and Civil and Environmental Engineering Frank Loeffler.

The National Science Foundation recently announced support for a variety of studies aimed at understanding Earth’s biodiversity, including a project led by UT’s Frank Loeffler.

Loeffler, the joint UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Microbiology and Civil and Environmental Engineering, is researching the role of microbes in controlling emissions of nitrous oxide—also known as laughing gas—from the ground.

“As nitrous oxide destroys the ozone layer and is a greenhouse gas, gaining a better understanding of how it is released naturally and its overall effect on the environment would be a step toward better controlling it,” said Loeffler, who holds UT appointments in the Department of Microbiology in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Tickle College of Engineering, as well as an adjunct appointment in UT’s Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science and an appointment in ORNL’s Biosciences Division.

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