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NIH, CDC Officials Convene at UT to Address Health Disparities

Vice Chancellor for Research Victor McCrary welcomes attendees at the 2018 21st Century Cures: Southeast Conference at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

Vice Chancellor for Research Victor McCrary welcomes attendees at the 2018 21st Century Cures: Southeast Conference at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

UT hosted a conference today that brought researchers together to focus on how to use big data to overcome health disparities. The second annual 21st Century Cures: Southeast Conference was held at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and included speakers from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than 130 researchers from 19 institutions across the Southeast came together to learn about the state of the science from thought leaders at regional universities. This year’s conference included scientists from computer science, geography, civil engineering, and population dynamics, fields not traditionally considered a part of the biomedical sciences.

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UT to Host Research Day for High School Sophomores and Juniors

UT will host approximately 120 high school students and their parents Saturday for a day-long research event. Research Day, co-hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, allows these students to explore research and experiential learning spaces in the areas of study they have expressed an interest in.

Attendees will take three separate tours during the day, which will highlight research areas and majors that they have shown interest in pursuing. They chose from 40 different sessions that included tours of laboratory spaces, studios, and classrooms. During these tours, students and parents will have the opportunity to meet and speak with faculty and current students in that field.
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Recognitions, March 21

Haslam Students Raise Over $17,000 for Clean Drinking Water

Procter & Gamble recently honored a group of Haslam of Business students for making an outsized impact on citizens’ lives in developing countries. The students organized and executed a walkathon on campus to raise more than $17,000 for Hands Across the Water, a clean water initiative. Hands Across the Water distributes water purification packets produced by Procter & Gamble that contain a powder to both disinfect and separate sediment from water.

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Limited Submission: Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability

Pursuant to the settlement of two connected Chancery Court cases in Davidson County, Tennessee, approximately $36 million in funding has been granted to six different organizations in the State for the purposes of implementing statewide initiatives designed to make lives better for older Tennesseans. The grants are in the following four different areas (as designated by the Court):

  • Senior Affordable Housing—Funding is being granted to two distinct entities to provide home modifications to 1,778 Tennessee senior homeowners.
  • Senior Legal Services—through a first-of-its-kind alliance, entities from across the State are to provide direct legal assistance (accessing benefits, avoiding elder abuse, core housing issues, and estate planning) to approximately 8,500 older Tennesseans.
  • Senior Transportation—the creation and implementation of thirty new volunteer senior transportation projects across the State estimated to serve approximately 7,500 older Tennesseans.
  • Senior Dental—through education, transportation, and care, the “Smile On” program will utilize a statewide network to provide services to an estimated 65,000 older Tennesseans.

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