It lives naturally inside some of us, but under the right circumstances it can grow out of control and cause systemic fungal infections. Systemic infections can be life-threatening with up to a 40 percent mortality rate, especially among immune-compromised individuals.
NORDP Welcomes New President, Kimberly Eck
Kimberly Eck, assistant vice chancellor for research development in UT’s Office of Research and Engagement, has been named president of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP).
With approximately 1,000 members, NORDP is a professional organization dedicated solely to research development (RD). The discipline encompasses a set of strategic, catalytic, and capacity-building activities that advance research, especially in higher education. RD professionals help researchers become successful advocates for their research and institutions create programs that spur discovery.
How to Request Support for Faculty Scholarship Affected by COVID-19
In their report, the Re-Imagining Fall Task Force made recommendations related to faculty scholarship, including:
- Provide support for faculty success in scholarship, creative activity, and the pursuit of new external funding
- Assist the restart and regrowth of human-subjects research
- Strengthen laboratory safety culture in concert with implementation and sustaining of health safety culture
- Strengthen communication concerning research status, compliance changes, and support opportunities
The Office of Research and Engagement has created an online portal, Research Central, to receive inquiries and requests in response to the recommendations related to faculty scholarship affected by COVID-19. Administrative units within ORE will then collaborate to offer customized support to each inquiry.
Fulbright Global Scholar Continues Energy Research Despite Pandemic
As an environmental sociologist working in the field of engineering, Chien-fei Chen thrives on unique, multidisciplinary research questions. In 2018, she became interested in pursuing a multidisciplinary, multi-cultural research project that would explore issues surrounding the equality of renewable energy, specifically the differences between Western and Chinese cultures, and how new energy solutions can impact vulnerable areas.
Chen is director of education and diversity programs at the Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT), a National Science Foundation-funded engineering research center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; a research associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS); and adjunct faculty in the Department of Sociology.
ORE Encourages Early Adoption of SciENcv for Proposal Documents
As part of the National Science Foundation’s updated guidelines (PAPPG 20-1), researchers will be required to use one of two formats for submitting biographical sketches as well as the current and pending support documents. Both the biographical sketches and the current and pending support documentation can be completed by using an approved fillable PDF or entered on the SciENcv website. These changes go into effect on June 1, 2020.
Office of Research and Engagement (ORE) and college/department staff, have explored both options and recommend using SciENcv, as it allows for significant long-term maintenance capability. With SciENcv, researchers can have multiple biographical sketches with publication listings tailored to various research areas, link to their ORCID account for ease of publication selection, and easily update current and pending projects. Continue reading