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Million-Dollar Idea Helps Fulfill Tennessee Promise

A new program designed to help Tennessee’s community college students better navigate the transition to UT has gained $1 million in support and recognition from the National Science Foundation.

Following the establishment of the Tennessee Promise program, which provides two years of free community college to the state’s students, faculty members in the Tickle College of Engineering met to come up with a plan to accommodate transfer students and position them for success in the college.

The team focused on the five-year graduation rate for engineering transfer students—71 percent, compared to 85 percent for traditional students who enter as freshmen.

“Transfer students face a unique set of challenges compared to traditional students,” said materials science and engineering Professor David Keffer, leader on the project. “We sought to develop a program, based on input from many directions, to create an experience for transfer students which addresses well-identified academic and social obstacles to successful completion of their degree.”

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Supply Chain Faculty Ranked No. 1 Globally for Research

The supply chain faculty in UT’s Haslam College of Business earned the top ranking for research productivity in the world from the Transportation Journal.

Dean Stephen Mangum says the ranking testifies to the college’s long-standing excellence in the field and to the passion, energy, and dedication of supply chain professors.

“Our supply chain faculty has been consistently creating quality research for decades,” Mangum said. “This recognition of the quantity and caliber of their research is truly exceptional, and we greatly appreciate the recognition of their research impact.”

The journal, a quarterly publication of APICS, tracks research authorship in six of supply chain management’s most prestigious academic publications and ranks schools on a rolling five-year basis. This edition examines productivity between 2014 and 2016. The journal began ranking the top 25 schools for supply chain research productivity in 1967.

UT has been included in all but one of the journal’s assessments since their inception. In the two most recent previous editions, UT’s supply chain faculty ranked fourth and first respectively. Journal co-editors Mary Holcomb and Yoshinori Suzuki said the ranking reflects UT’s capacity to grow with the field.

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President Signs Budget Deal, Government Reopens After Brief Shutdown

Friday morning, President Donald Trump signed into law a bill that will raise spending caps on domestic and military spending and lift the federal debt limit until March 2019.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), filibustered for nine hours Thursday evening postponing the Senate’s vote until early-morning hours.

“Now we have Republicans hand in hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits,” he said. “I can’t … in good faith, just look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits. Really who is to blame? Both parties.”

Read more on ORE’s Federal Budget Outlook page.

Faculty, Students, Staff Awarded for Research Integrity and Compliance

All the award winners with Chancellor Davenport
The Office of Research and Engagement’s third annual Research Integrity and Compliance Awards were held at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy Tuesday, February 6. Chancellor Beverly Davenport and Robert Nobles, interim vice chancellor for research and engagement, celebrated faculty, staff, and students who practice excellence in safety and compliance areas every day.

“These awards were created to highlight the value and importance of shared governance, which lays the foundation for UT’s continued success,” said Nobles. “I am indebted to those who contribute to our research integrity, safety, and compliance infrastructure, and appreciate their dedication.”

Eighteen individuals were recognized by their peers for consistently going above and beyond in their field, showcasing their dedication to research integrity, radiation and laboratory safety, and issues of compliance.

“The recipients of these awards are a dedicated and compassionate group of people who serve as role models of the Volunteer spirit and go the extra mile in giving their all for the university in such a selfless manner,” said Nobles.

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