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Export Control Webpage – New International Shipping Page

The Export Control Office has a new webpage for International Shipping.

It is recommended that department personnel who handle international shipping visit this webpage to educate themselves on the specific export control requirements for such shipments.

Of special note is the Consolidated Screening List and an easy-to-use search engine.

This screening is advised for any international recipient, to ensure they are they are not on one of the export control “blacklists”.

For questions, contact Export Control Officer Dairin Malkemus at dmalkemu@utk.edu or at (865) 974-0232.

Graduate Student Spotlight: Shelby Scott

Shelby Scott, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

In 2016, Louis Gross, a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, presented to his Math Ecology students an article about the lack of gun violence research conducted in the United States.

He assigned his class to use mathematical modeling, a method of using equations to describe and predict phenomena in biology, to assess gun violence. When the project was over, one of his graduate students, Shelby Scott, decided to continue researching gun violence. She hasn’t stopped since.

“It was like there was a voice in my head telling me to pursue the topic,” said Scott. “Except the voice in my head was the media, my friends, and the government. It was the new stories of mass shootings every day—the stories of interpersonal violence and fatalities.”

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Recognitions, November 14

Ten UT Army ROTC Alumni Inducted into Hall of Fame

The 2018 Army ROTC Alumni Council Hall of Fame inductees: retired Colonel Mark D. Boyatt, retired Major Terry A. Griswold, retired Colonel Mark N. McDonald, retired Brigadier General Geoffrey A. Freeman, retired Lieutenant Colonel George M. Massey, retired Colonel Robert D. Pickle, retired Colonel Gregory P. Gass, Jane Neall (accepting on behalf of retired Lieutenant Thomas Johnson), and Alan D. Wilson. Not pictured: Linda Vaughn accepting on behalf of her late husband, Emmet P. (Buck) Vaughn. Photo by Steven Bridges

The 2018 Army ROTC Alumni Council Hall of Fame inductees: retired Colonel Mark D. Boyatt, retired Major Terry A. Griswold, retired Colonel Mark N. McDonald, retired Brigadier General Geoffrey A. Freeman, retired Lieutenant Colonel George M. Massey, retired Colonel Robert D. Pickle, retired Colonel Gregory P. Gass, Jane Neall (accepting on behalf of retired Lieutenant Thomas Johnson), and Alan D. Wilson. Not pictured: Linda Vaughn accepting on behalf of her late husband, Emmet P. (Buck) Vaughn. Photo by Steven Bridges

Ten distinguished Army ROTC alumni were inducted into the UT Army ROTC Hall of Fame at its annual induction dinner on November 9.

“The Hall of Fame program honors both military and civilian contributions,” said Logan Hickman, dinner chairman and UT Knoxville Army ROTC Alumni Council president. “Our 10 graduates are among the best and highlight UT’s rich military history. This second class of Hall of Fame inductees brings our total number of members to 22. This distinguished group of UT graduates only scratches the surface of a program that started in 1844.”

See the honorees in the class of 2018.

UTIA Announces New Dean for AgResearch

The University of Tennesee Institute of Agriculture has named Hongwei Xin, currently assistant dean for research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, as UTIA’s new dean for AgResearch. Xin will begin his new role in May 2019, after the conclusion of the current academic year.

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Eight UT Student Recognized by Undergraduate Awards; Three Invited to Ireland

Eight UT students have been recognized for their research projects in the 2018 Undergraduate Awards, the largest international academic awards program, recognizing excellent research and original work across the sciences, humanities, business, and creative arts. The awards are sometimes called “junior Nobel Prize.”

Three students have been invited by the Office of Undergraduate Research to travel to Dublin, Ireland, November 12-14 for the organization’s Global Summit.

Learn more about the Undergraduate Awards on ugresearch.utk.edu.

Study Finds Way to Produce More Cost-Effective Drugs

Photo by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Photo by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

A new study, co-authored by UT Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology Associate Professor Nitin Jain and recent graduate Sara Lemmonds, could change the way scientists look at one of the most essential enzymes in medicine in hopes of designing better and more cost-effective drugs in the future.

Enzymes are molecules that speed up chemical reactions inside cells. The human body is home to thousands of enzymes that perform vital functions such as the digestion of fat and the breakdown of sugar into glucose.

The paper, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looks closely at Cytochrome P450, an enzyme that occurs naturally in the body and other environments. This enzyme is critical in metabolizing over 90 percent of all pharmaceutical drugs.

Read more at news.utk.edu.

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