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NEH Summer Stipend

The Office of Research and Engagement (ORE) is seeking internal nominations for the NEH Summer Stipend program for projects beginning in May 2019. NEH Summer Stipends provide $6,000 to support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. Recipients usually produce scholarly articles, monographs on specialized subjects, books on broad topics, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, digital resources, or other scholarly tools.

The University is limited to two institutional nominees. In the event that more than two eligible UT faculty are nominated, ORE will coordinate the selection of the institutional nominees.

Please share this opportunity with eligible faculty members in your department (see below for eligibility guidelines). Nomination Packages should be coordinated by the department and submitted as a single PDF document by the department head to their ADR, Alan Rutenberg (, and cc-ed to Hannah Schmidt ( no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 27, 2018.The internal selection process will be completed by August 15. The selected nominees must submit their applications by September 26, 2018 to the NEH via

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Recognitions, June 27

Four Scholars Spend Three Weeks Studying WWII in Europe

Four students from the College of Architecture and Design who were chosen as UT Normandy Scholars spent 13 days in May exploring the history of World War II in England, France and Germany.

Normandy Scholars is an interdisciplinary program designed to allow undergraduate students from across the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to study World War II in a wider context.

While abroad, students visited memorials, museums, galleries, parks and cemeteries.  To read more about these students’ travels, check out their blog at

Two Faculty Members Awarded Third Place for Renovation of Ireland’s Connolly’s of Leap

Two faculty members, Lisa Mullikin, Associate Professor of Interior Architecture, and Kevin Stevens, Lecturer in the School of Architecture, were recently awarded third place in an international design competition in Ireland.

The contest challenged designers to envision a renovation and extension of the famous Connolly’s of Leap, an Irish cult music venue located near the southern tip of Ireland. With three generations of owners, the venue is historic to the region and has championed live music since 1810.  For more than 200 years, the venue has made a name on the international music scene for hosting thousands of world-famous artists as well as cult music talent.

Mullikin and Stevens’s design, titled “Rooted|Rootless,” focuses the design of the music venue around a central tree, called the Mother Tree, which is known for supporting life and passing wisdom. The design includes a series of gardens and ramps to bring visitors from the existing waterfall, ravine and surrounding neighborhood. Complete with a full, floating, faceted canopy, their design aims to honor the relationship between the music, place and people who visit this iconic venue.

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Professor Developing Device to Administer Cancer Drug

Engineering master’s student William Gerding works in the clean room at the UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Joint Institute for Advanced Materials

A new device under development by a nuclear engineering professor will allow doctors to dispense accurate dosages of a drug made with actinium-225, an isotope that has been shown to be effective in treating—and curing—myeloid leukemia.

The device, devised by Assistant Professor Eric Lukosi and fabricated by master’s student William Gerding, is currently in production. Once it is built, it will go through testing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

“We’re slowly moving toward the demonstration of the device. It’s been fabricated; now we just need to package it and make sure it works,” Lukosi said. “This could help save lives.”

Lukosi’s device would act as a critical quality assurance measure, guaranteeing that patients receive treatments exactly as recommended by their physicians.

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Award-Winning Book Examines US-Mexico Agrarian Relations

Tore Olsson, assistant professor of history, has received multiple awards from organizations in three very different historical disciplines for his recent book, Agrarian Crossings: Reformers and the Remaking of the US and Mexican Countryside, published by Princeton University Press in 2017.

The Agricultural History Society presented Olsson with the annual Theodore Saloutos Memorial Award, which recognizes the best book on agricultural history in the United States. The American University School of Public Affairs and the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies awarded Olsson with the annual William M. LeoGrande Prize for the best book on US-Latin American relations published in 2016-17. His third award, the Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, is given for the best first book in the history of US foreign relations.

“It has been absolutely thrilling to see my work receive such honors from the intellectual societies that have fostered this project from its very beginning,” says Olsson, a historian of the 20th century United States in international context. “My work has always straddled multiple fields of history – from US southern history to agricultural history to Latin American history. But because I’m all over the map, I’ve often felt intellectually homeless, a jack of many trades and master of none, but receiving these prizes has helped me overcome some of these anxieties.”


Register Now for Summer 2018 IRB 101 Workshops

Registration is now open for the Summer 2018 Institutional Review Board (IRB) 101 Workshop Series. IRB 101 is an overview of IRB requirements and procedures, and is open to anyone who wishes to learn how to receive human subjects approval for research at the University of Tennessee.

The Office of Research and Engagement, in collaboration with the IRB and the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) offer these workshops to provide an introduction or refresher on the IRB approval process. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the IRB and HRPP staff. Topics the workshop will cover consist of:

  • Why IRB approval is needed
  • How to submit an IRB application
  • A walkthrough of the IRB process on campus
  • Who is able to help with an IRB application

Find a listing for each session with registration and details here.

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