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AFRL Challenge

Vice Commander Col. Elena Oberg and a graduate student, Soheil Borhani, from Xioapeng Zhao’s lab test a Brain-Machine Interaction (BMI) system at UT. PHOTO: AFRL

Following Vice Commander Col. Elena Oberg’s visit to UT Tuesday, the Air Force Research Laboratory issued a challenge to faculty and students on their Facebook page.

Big Orange has some Big Ideas, we’re challenging them to submit ideas for the future of United States Air Force science and technology.” 

Download Col. Oberg’s presentation

Those interested can submit ideas via the 2030 Initiative portal.

UT Knoxville Has Another Record-Setting Year for Student Fulbrights

Setting a new record for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 18 students have been offered Fulbright US Student Program awards for the 2018–19 academic year to study, research, and teach in cities around the world.

In its history UT has had 77 student Fulbright recipients, with its first in 1959. This year, UT had 52 Fulbright candidates and 27 semifinalists, and 18 students have already been offered awards—all single-year records for the university. UT also has two alternates who could still receive awards. A year ago UT had what was then an institutional best of nine Fulbright recipients, preceded by four (2016), four (2015), and two (2014).

“There is definite Fulbright momentum at UT,” said Andrew Seidler, director of UT’s Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships, which works with students as they apply for prestigious awards such as the Fulbright. “The quality of our student candidates—their ideas, their energy, their curiosity about the world—and these results have us comparing favorably with top research universities across the country. That would not be possible without a campus-wide network of faculty and staff who support students’ efforts to really stretch themselves in and out of the classroom. I think the Fulbright competition is bringing out the best of UT.”

For the full list of recipients,

ORE to Host Vice Commander of AFRL

Colonel Elena Oberg, Vice Commander of the Air Force Research LaboratoryThe Office of Research and Engagement will host Colonel Elena Oberg, Vice Commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), during her visit UT to share information about AFRL’s new Science & Technology 2030 initiative, including current and future research opportunities with the Air Force, Tuesday, May 1.

Launched in September 2017 by Secretary of the US Air Force Heather Wilson, the 2030 initiative is in preparation of a new science and technology strategy that begins with outreach events like Oberg’s. AFRL has scheduled several such events at universities around the country to listen to “cutting-edge science and technology ideas for basic and applied research, as well as ideas on best practices to support innovative research organizations.”

Oberg’s presentation is open to faculty and graduate students. Those interested in attending her presentation can register here.

When: Tuesday, May 1, from 8-9:15 a.m.

Where: 405 John D. Tickle Building


Research Week Concludes with EURēCA Awards Night

The 22nd Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA) took place April 16–20 at the John C. Hodges Library. Students from across the university entered their undergraduate research, senior design projects, clinical projects, and creative achievements for judging. Over 800 students presented 626 projects. One contributing factor for the rise in participation is the addition of approximately 280 student projects from English 298 classes. 99 projects received recognition at the EURēCA Awards night.

Each undergraduate college selects and awards their top students. College awards ranged from first place to honorable mention. The top students on Monday night and Wednesday night also received ORE Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards for Undergraduate Research funded by the Office of Research and Engagement. These awards are presented across research areas and highlight the best of the best in undergraduate research and creative achievement on our campus. In nine categories, students were awarded 10 gold, 10 silver and 8 bronze awards. These Awards of Excellence provide prizes in the following amounts: $500 for gold awards, $300 for silver awards, and $200 for bronze awards.

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Pruett Named Director of Research Integrity

Sarah Pruett, a UT alumna, will start work as the director of research integrity and research integrity compliance officer for the Office of Research and Engagement, effective April 23, 2018.

As part of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), this new position will be responsible for investigating allegations of research misconduct at the university. Pruett will also provide research integrity training and raise awareness on campus of the institutional plan for the responsible conduct of research.

“I am honored that Dr. Nobles has entrusted me with this mission,” said Pruett. “I look forward to to working with the UT community and being part of its continued success.”

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