Professor Greg Stuart’s research has a particular emphasis on the role of substance use and abuse in intimate partner violence. His goal for his lab is to create a more peaceful world with healthier relationships by tackling the prevalence of physical, psychological, sexual, and cyber aggression, as well as substance abuse.
Parker Has Leading Role in National Artificial Intelligence Directive
UT Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Lynne Parker played a key role in a White House initiative announced Monday to bolster research, governance, and education and workforce training around artificial intelligence.
The White House directive includes five areas of emphasis to strengthen US leadership in AI, noting that, while the US was an early leader in the development of AI and machine learning, other countries also are moving forward.
Since her appointment as assistant director for artificial intelligence at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in August, Parker has helped lead the initiative, which has been months in the making.
Faculty Spotlight: Barbara Thayer-Bacon, Theory & Practice in Teacher Education
Cultural studies professor Barbara Thayer-Bacon, or Dr. Barb, explores modern issues through a feminist, philosophical lens. She is the author of over twenty-five chapters in essay collections and over seventy journal articles, has presented over a hundred conference papers, and has written six books. Here she gives us a peak at her current work exploring the issues around the US-Mexico border wall.
ORE to Hold Research Awards Ceremony
This spring, the Office of Research and Engagement will celebrate the achievements of students, faculty, staff, and community partners for their achievements in research, engagement, and compliance activities with an awards ceremony. This annual ORE Research Awards Luncheon will include recognition of the comprehensive research enterprise, including activities related to funding, mentorship, creative achievement, community engagement, and responsible conduct of research.
There are 23 award categories including six that will be recognized from the floor. Many of the awards are based on data points from Elements, a system that helps faculty record their scholarly activities, and Cayuse, a system for creating and tracking research grant proposals. Others will be selected by committee or through a nomination process. Nominations are due by March 1, 2019.
Nature Prefers Asymmetrical Pollen Grains, Study Finds
It’s no secret that pollen plays a vital role in plant reproduction worldwide, including the production of food. But for decades, scientists have been puzzled about the variety of patterns on the surface of these pollen grains—specifically, how they are formed and if they have a function.
A study published in Cell sheds some light on the subject, showing that plants favor the production of uneven, asymmetrical patterns on the surface of pollen grains over more symmetrical patterns.
“The pollen wall itself—the surface of a pollen grain—serves the important function of protecting the pollen grain genetic material from the environment as the pollen travels during the process of pollination. However, the function of the precise pattern on this surface is not well understood,” said Maxim Lavrentovich, assistant professor of theoretical biophysics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UT, and coauthor of the study.
Continue reading about Lavrentovich’s study at news.utk.edu.