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Recognitions, December 16

The Office of Research and Engagement is pleased to celebrate this week, not only the following recognitions from around campus, but an abundance of accomplishments within our own team.

As always, we ask that you please share your faculty, staff, and student accomplishments for inclusion in our Recognitions section to Erin Chapin (

  • The University of Tennessee Research Foundation announced eight grants to groups of faculty inventors from its Maturation Funding program to help researchers advance new technologies on the path to market:
    • Daniel Costinett, assistant professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, for “Developing Wireless Power Transfer Coil for Charging Consumer Electronics”
    • Amning Hu, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, for “Fabrication of Flexible Supercapacitors Using 3-D Techniques”
    • Scott Lenaghan, research assistant professor, UT Institute of Agriculture Food Science and Technology, for “Development of a Library of Potential Enhancer Elements for Precise Gene Regulation”
    • Baoshan Huang, Edwin G. Burdette Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Xiaofei (Philip) Ye, professor, UTIA Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, CRC, for “Higher-Value Added and Innovative Use of Biofuel Production Waste as Bio-modifier for Asphalt Binder”
  • The UT Police Department honored members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty at their annual employee awards:
    • Lieutenant Jim Underwood – Supervisor of the Year
    • Corporal Tim Cutwright – Commissioned Officer of the Year
    • Corporal Lindsey Miller – Community Service Award
    • Information Technology Administrator Mike Marcum -Noncommissioned Employee of the Year

Recognitions from Within ORE

  • Marsha Smith graduates with Executive MBA

    Robert Nobles, associate vice chancellor for research, poses with Marsha Smith, radiation safety officer, at her graduation from the Haslam College of Business Executive Masters of Business Administration program.

    Marsha Smith, Radiation Safety Officer, graduated from the Haslam College of Business’ Executive Masters of Business Administration program this week. Smith was nominated for professional development support from the Office of Research and Engagement to begin the rigorous program last year.

  • David Smelser, assistant director of sponsored programs, has joined the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) Professional Development Committee. In particular, his work will concern the Online Programming Subcommittee in addition to his current role with the Publications Subcommittee and will attend the annual NCURA national meeting.
  • Kimberly Eck, director of the Research Development Team, has been invited to serve on the Advisory Council of the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness. The council provides scientific and strategic guidance to the Governor’s Foundation, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to enabling and encouraging Tennesseans to lead healthier lives.
  • Recognition is in order for Brian Ranger, Biological Safety Officer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a site inspection this week at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Biosafety Level III laboratory utilized by Colleen Johnson. The facility is the first of its kind on the University’s campus and is used in research work with viruses requiring heightened safety, security, and procedures. Ranger led a comprehensive approach at ensuring that the facility, procedures, and all members of the laboratory team met the regulatory requirements and the results generated highly complimentary feedback from the CDC inspectors.
  • Sharon Pound, strategic research initiatives manager with the Research Development Team, was interviewed at West Town Mall for a WVLT news segment Monday for her work with the Angel Tree program in Knoxville. Pound has volunteered with the program for 27 years, is the volunteer mall supervisor, and coordinates donations for ORE each November. Pound joined the board in 2016. The Angel Tree provides gifts for children who would otherwise have no gifts. Some of the wishes are as humble as a coat or set of pajamas. The organization has served nearly 5,000 children in the area this year.
  • Stacey Wade, sponsored programs administrator in the Office of Sponsored Programs, has been published in this month’s NCURA Magazine. Her article Multitasking Does Not Work! appears on page 51 of the publication and focuses on working smart and the challenges of multitasking.
  • Nate Wagner, research data analyst, has been accepted into Officer Candidates School, U.S. Marine Corps Combat Development in Quantico, VA. He will be going through a ten-week leadership program beginning in January 2017.