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ORE Announces 2019 Research Seed Program

The Office of Research and Engagement will soon launch the second call for Research Seed proposals, which will serve as a catalyst for University of Tennessee, Knoxville and UT Space Institute faculty. The seed grant program offers internal funds intended to help generate proposal submissions to focused sponsors or around a particular initiative. The ideal project within this program would apply for external funding and begin to generate manuscripts for publication no later than four months after the seed project ends. Ultimately, ORE seeks to support projects that encourage faculty members to identify and seek new funding targets.
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Recognitions, September 19

McCullock Named Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration

Kim McCullock has been named the associate vice chancellor for finance and administration.

McCullock has more than 20 years of experience in finance, auditing, and operations across several industries. Most recently, she served as director of finance and administrative affairs for the Tickle College of Engineering.

“I’m excited about this new opportunity and I look forward to expanding my contribution to the mission of the university,” said McCullock.

McCullock will lead efforts to maximize resources and seek efficiencies. She will be responsible for generating new revenue proposals, strengthening shared services, improving business processes, and establishing an entrepreneurial mindset within the division and throughout the campus.

Bates Joins Haslam as Director of Admissions for Graduate Business Programs

For Tom Bates, who recently joined the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business as director of admissions for graduate business programs, feeling that he fit within the culture of the college was a key factor in his decision to move from Indiana to Knoxville.

“The individuals that make up the Haslam community are extremely authentic and warm-hearted,” Bates says, who is excited about the college’s connections to industry leaders, its top-ranked supply chain program and its niche programs in areas like aerospace and defense and healthcare.

Bates, who relocated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, says his goals at Haslam include continuing with the college’s “tradition of a high-touch, applicant-friendly experience.” He wants to actively engage with Haslam’s alumni network and students on campus.

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Record Year for UT Grad Students Earning Awards to Work at National Labs

Four UT graduate students have received Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) awards. This is the highest number of SCGSR awardees UT has had in one year.

SCGSR, a program of the US Department of Energy’s Office of Science, grants supplemental awards to graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields who demonstrate potential for advancing scholarship and innovation in areas critical to the Office of Science’s mission. The goal of the program is to better prepare students for scientific and technical careers.

Since its inception in 2014, the SCGSR program has provided support to more than 370 graduate awardees from more than 120 different universities to conduct thesis research at 18 DOE national laboratories and facilities across the nation. Seventeen of those awards have gone to UT students, making the university a national leader in terms of number of SCGSR awards received.
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Professors Receive CAREER Awards from the National Science Foundation

This year, Sharani Roy and Sarah Lebeis will join the exclusive group of College of Arts and Sciences faculty to be honored with a National Science Foundation CAREER award—one of the highest honors an early-career faculty member can receive.

The CAREER award indicates great promise in a burgeoning faculty member, and those selected receive a five-year grant toward their particular research project. Applicants must show great promise in their research as well as devotion to higher education.

This is a significant achievement for the College of Arts and Sciences. To date, the department has received nine awards; Roy and Lebeis will constitute the 10th and 11th.

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NSF Awards UTIA Faculty Grant to Study Fungal Pathogen of Amphibians

An adult eastern newt that commonly inhabits ponds and wetlands in the eastern U.S. The research team will investigate various questions such as how temperature affects their susceptibility and the role of newt density, habitat structure, and environmental persistence of Bsal on transmission dynamics. Photo by T. Pierson, courtesy UTIA.

An adult eastern newt that commonly inhabits ponds and wetlands in the eastern U.S. The research team will investigate various questions such as how temperature affects their susceptibility and the role of newt density, habitat structure, and environmental persistence of Bsal on transmission dynamics. Photo by T. Pierson, courtesy UTIA.

An emerging pathogen that devours the skin of salamanders will be the subject of a new study funded by the National Science Foundation.

Matt Gray and Debra Miller, both faculty members in the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Center for Wildlife Health within the UT Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, have been awarded a $2.5 million grant to lead a collaboration among scientists from Vanderbilt University, University of Massachusetts-Boston, Texas Tech University, University of California-Santa Barbara and Washington State University.

The research will expand the current understanding of a fungal pathogen that is causing salamander population declines in Europe. Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, or Bsal, is an emerging pathogen that devours the skin of salamanders.

Thought to originate from Asia, Bsal is spreading throughout Europe, and scientists are now concerned of the fungus spreading to North America through international trade. As a preemptive measure, Gray and Miller, along with their research partners, will study the epidemiology of Bsal in an effort to find ways to combat the fungus.

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Annual Call for Proposals: SARIF Equipment and Infrastructure Funds

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Office of Research and Engagement (ORE) has opened applications for the FY19 Scholarly Activity and Research Incentive Fund (SARIF) Equipment and Infrastructure Fund. This award aims to enhance UT’s research mission by providing support for the acquisition of state-of-the-art or innovative equipment that will advance the research mission of the university or for the repair, replacement, or upgrade of critical research infrastructure.

Deadline: A complete application package must be submitted by the applicant no later than Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at noon.

See the full call for proposals for complete information on this program and to apply.

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