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Recognitions, December 11
There’s been a lot to celebrate lately! A UT alumna was named a 2020 Rhodes Scholar—UT’s ninth; another student won UT’s very first Mitchell Scholarship; four faculty members received NSF Early Career awards; two faculty were named AAAS fellows; a UT professor is among the most highly cited researchers; the Haslam College of Business MBA program ranked 50th in the nation; two English professors received recognition for their work; and a former Earth and Planetary Sciences professor was posthumously honored with a special journal issue.
Research Development Academy Launches First Class
Five faculty members from across the UT campus have been selected to participate in the inaugural class of the Research Development Academy (RDA). The RDA focuses on empowering each participant to advance their research, scholarship, and/or creative activities, especially those activities identified in departmental promotion and tenure guidelines. Funding for the program comes from the Office of Diversity and Engagement and is co-hosted by the Office of Research and Engagement.
Teaming to Tackle Opioid Use Disorder
As a clinical nurse, Sharon Davis saw women who suffered from substance use disorder vilified by their doctors. She didn’t yet know about the science of addiction, but she knew that didn’t feel right.
Davis, a clinical associate professor of nursing, and Laurie Meschke, professor of public health, are leading an effort to address opioid abuse disorder (OUD) in rural East Tennessee. Their interdisciplinary team successfully pursued funding from the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) twice.
Their Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-East Tennessee Consortium (RCORP-ETC), was created from a collaboration that started with a SPARKS (Seeking Partnerships for Research, Knowledge, and Science) event hosted by the Office of Research and Engagement’s research development group.
Army Grant Supports Machine Learning Research
A mathematics professor is developing a method that employs artificial intelligence to clearly understand the electrical brain activity data conveyed through electroencephalogram monitoring.
Vasileios Maroulas’s method has applications in neuroscience and is of interest to the US Army Research Laboratory’s Brain-Computer Interface initiative. The Army Research Office has funded Maroulas’s work since 2017. Maroulas was appointed as a senior research fellow at the US Army Research Laboratory in September.
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