Frances Harper first tapped into the programs and services available through the Office of Research and Engagement at a new faculty orientation event in 2017. Three years later, that early connection has paid off—literally—with a recent $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Computer Science for All program. Continue reading
SPARKing New Collaborations to Battle the Pandemic
Nina Fefferman has a knack for applying mathematical modeling to biological systems. The more complex, the better. On April 28, she shared some of her research related to COVID-19 at the UT Office of Research and Engagement’s SPARKS event. As a result, she created two new collaborations related to the virus, and one is already working on its first publication. Continue reading
Seed Funding Helps Researchers Win $2.5M NIH Award
It lives naturally inside some of us, but under the right circumstances it can grow out of control and cause systemic fungal infections. Systemic infections can be life-threatening with up to a 40 percent mortality rate, especially among immune-compromised individuals.
Fulbright Global Scholar Continues Energy Research Despite Pandemic
As an environmental sociologist working in the field of engineering, Chien-fei Chen thrives on unique, multidisciplinary research questions. In 2018, she became interested in pursuing a multidisciplinary, multi-cultural research project that would explore issues surrounding the equality of renewable energy, specifically the differences between Western and Chinese cultures, and how new energy solutions can impact vulnerable areas.
Chen is director of education and diversity programs at the Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT), a National Science Foundation-funded engineering research center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; a research associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS); and adjunct faculty in the Department of Sociology.
Discovering Collaborators Who’ve Been There All Along
Sometimes a researcher can search far and wide for the perfect collaborator, only to discover the ideal person in their own academic backyard.
Such was the case for Jennifer Schweitzer, professor in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Tennessee (UT), and Wellington Muchero, a plant geneticist in the Biosciences Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). They met about a year ago at a SPARKS event sponsored by UT’s Office of Research and Engagement (ORE).
SPARKS stands for “Seeking Partnerships to Advance Research, Knowledge and Science.” The goal is to bring faculty together around a topic and initiate new collaborations. Schweitzer and Muchero met at a “Genes to Ecosystems” SPARKS event, designed to connect UT biology faculty to this ORNL initiative. Continue reading