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Recognitions, September 19

McCullock Named Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration

Kim McCullock has been named the associate vice chancellor for finance and administration.

McCullock has more than 20 years of experience in finance, auditing, and operations across several industries. Most recently, she served as director of finance and administrative affairs for the Tickle College of Engineering.

“I’m excited about this new opportunity and I look forward to expanding my contribution to the mission of the university,” said McCullock. Continue reading

UT Wins HRSA Funding for Rural Consortium to Fight Region’s Opioid Epidemic

UT has received a $200,000 grant to build an East Tennessee consortium to support treatment for and prevention of opioid use disorder in 10 rural East Tennessee counties with the highest risk for substance use disorder.

The grant comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, which announced the 2018 Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Planning (RCORP) competition this summer. The planning grant provides funding for one year to cultivate strong county, state, and regional-level partnerships and will incorporate workforce recruitment and retention needs as well as efforts around planning and capacity-building activities. Continue reading

Record Year for UT Grad Students Earning Awards to Work at National Labs

Four UT graduate students have received Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) awards. This is the highest number of SCGSR awardees UT has had in one year.

SCGSR, a program of the US Department of Energy’s Office of Science, grants supplemental awards to graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields who demonstrate potential for advancing scholarship and innovation in areas critical to the Office of Science’s mission. The goal of the program is to better prepare students for scientific and technical careers.

Since its inception in 2014, the SCGSR program has provided support to more than 370 graduate awardees from more than 120 different universities to conduct thesis research at 18 DOE national laboratories and facilities across the nation. Seventeen of those awards have gone to UT students, making the university a national leader in terms of number of SCGSR awards received.
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Professors Receive CAREER Awards from the National Science Foundation

This year, Sharani Roy and Sarah Lebeis will join the exclusive group of College of Arts and Sciences faculty to be honored with a National Science Foundation CAREER award—one of the highest honors an early-career faculty member can receive.

The CAREER award indicates great promise in a burgeoning faculty member, and those selected receive a five-year grant toward their particular research project. Applicants must show great promise in their research as well as devotion to higher education.

This is a significant achievement for the College of Arts and Sciences. To date, the department has received nine awards; Roy and Lebeis will constitute the 10th and 11th.

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NSF Awards UTIA Faculty Grant to Study Fungal Pathogen of Amphibians

An adult eastern newt that commonly inhabits ponds and wetlands in the eastern U.S. The research team will investigate various questions such as how temperature affects their susceptibility and the role of newt density, habitat structure, and environmental persistence of Bsal on transmission dynamics. Photo by T. Pierson, courtesy UTIA.

An adult eastern newt that commonly inhabits ponds and wetlands in the eastern U.S. The research team will investigate various questions such as how temperature affects their susceptibility and the role of newt density, habitat structure, and environmental persistence of Bsal on transmission dynamics. Photo by T. Pierson, courtesy UTIA.

An emerging pathogen that devours the skin of salamanders will be the subject of a new study funded by the National Science Foundation.

Matt Gray and Debra Miller, both faculty members in the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Center for Wildlife Health within the UT Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, have been awarded a $2.5 million grant to lead a collaboration among scientists from Vanderbilt University, University of Massachusetts-Boston, Texas Tech University, University of California-Santa Barbara and Washington State University. Continue reading

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