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Robert Nobles to Serve as Interim Vice Chancellor

Robert NoblesRobert Nobles, associate vice chancellor for research, has been named interim vice chancellor for research and engagement effective September 1.

Vice Chancellor Taylor Eighmy will leave the university at the end of the month to become president of the University of Texas at San Antonio.

“Robert is well qualified to help us continue the great momentum for increasing research grants and contracts, strengthening our partnerships, and supporting the research, creative activity, and outreach efforts of our faculty and students. He brings great knowledge, passion, and optimism to the role and has worked closely within the division and across the university around many important matters,” said Chancellor Beverly Davenport in a message sent Wednesday to the campus community.
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Recognitions, August 18

UT Knoxville Names Nationally Recognized Title IX Educator to New Oversight Role

Ashley Blamey

Ashley Blamey

Ashley Blamey, longtime director of UT Knoxville’s Center for Health Education and Wellness, has been selected to serve as Title IX coordinator for the campus.

As UT Knoxville Title IX coordinator, Blamey will lead a campus-wide effort to create a national model for Title IX compliance, which will include overseeing compliance, policy, and resources related to Title IX of the federal Education Amendments of 1972.

“Ashley brings ideal professional experience, academic preparation, and leadership to create a national model for sexual assault awareness and prevention,” said UT Knoxville Chancellor Beverly Davenport.

In Memoriam: David Bailey

David Bailey, a longtime supporter and graduate of UT, passed away August 7. He was 90.

Bailey, a 1950 alumnus of the Haslam College of Business, played for the Volunteers football and golf teams during his educational career. He became a successful business executive and generous benefactor to the university and community.

In 2007, the Claxton Addition wing of UT’s Claxton Education Building was renamed the Jane and David Bailey Education complex in honor of Bailey and his wife.

Earlier this year, the UT Board of Trustees voted to name the Graduate School of Education in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences for Bailey.

Bailey’s obituary can be found in the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Haslam College of Business Announces New Executive Director of Development

Seth Reagan

Seth Reagan

Seth Reagan joined UT’s Haslam College of Business as its new executive director of development August 11.

“Our development and alumni relations team has been pivotal to the growth of the college,” said Stephen L. Mangum, dean of the college and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair. “We are confident that Seth will add to the capabilities of the team in furthering its excellent performance.”

Reagan previously served as UT’s development officer for middle Tennessee, a position he has held since 2010. He steps into the role vacated when Chip Bryant was recently appointed as UT’s vice chancellor for development and alumni affairs.

“It’s great to come back to Knoxville and advocate for a college I know and love so well,” Reagan said. “The Haslam College of Business has grown so much over the past few years. I’m excited to continue that drive and help make my alma mater an even stronger institution.”

Funding Opportunities, August 18

Federal Opportunities

Please contact Paul Montgomery ( regarding your interest in federal opportunities.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will host a Proposers’ Day Webcast to discuss its upcoming Young Faculty Award (YFA) solicitation on August 29, 2-5 pm.  The purpose of the YFA program is to fund “elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD capabilities.”  YFA topics cover the following areas:

  • biology
  • computing
  • engineering
  • informatics
  • manufacturing
  • materials
  • mathematics
  • neuroscience
  • physical sciences
  • robotics
  • social science

Eligibility: The YFA program is open to tenure track assistant and associate professors as well as to tenured faculty within 3 years of their tenure date.

To view the webcast, please register by 12pm, August 24, at this link.  Note that there is a “capacity limitation”.  Additional information about the webcast is at this link.

DARPA expects to publish the YFA solicitation in early September.

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Chancellor Recognizes Powe Awardees Jagadamma, McCord

Chancellor Davenport Recognizes 2017 Powe Awardees

From left, Julie Carrier, head of UTIA’s biosystems engineering and soil science; Taylor Eighmy, vice chancellor for research and engagement; Sindhu Jagadamma; UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport; Rachel Patton McCord; Dan Roberts, head of the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology; and Theresa Lee, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

UT’s Sindhu Jagadamma and Rachel Patton McCord are recipients of the 2017 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).

Chancellor Beverly Davenport recently presented plaques to Jagadamma, assistant professor of biosystems engineering and soil science in the UT Institute of Agriculture, and McCord, assistant professor of biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology, in recognition of the honor.

“Often funding agencies require extensive preliminary data, effectively asking that a project be halfway done before funding it,” said McCord. “This can make things difficult for junior faculty who are just getting projects off the ground, but early support like this Powe Award can give projects momentum to be more competitive for extensive funding later.”
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UT Partners with UTMC for fMRI Access

The Office of Research and Engagement has partnered with the UT Medical Center to provide UT Knoxville researchers access to Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI).

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) is a safe and non-invasive technique that allows researchers to view the changes that occur to blood flow in the brain in real time. A subject can alternate between focusing on a visual stimulus and blocking all stimuli while data is collected and analyzed.

This technology is important in research related to social, behavioral, and biological sciences.

To facilitate the use of this new resource, the Office of Research and Engagement has opened a call for proposals to provide support for access to UTMC’s fMRI system. Applicants may request up to $5,500 per award (equivalent to 10 hours of use under the current fee schedule), and will be expected to use their data to pursue outside funding opportunities.

ORE’s pilot program will make a total of $110,000 available to investigators on a rolling basis throughout the upcoming fiscal year.

This opportunity is open to any UT Knoxville tenure or non-tenure track faculty and post-doctoral researchers with appointment.

Please see the full request for proposals at

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