The United Health Foundation estimates that 12.9% of Tennessee households suffered from food insecurity in 2019, lacking access to adequate and nutritious food. This is slightly higher than the national average (12.3%), ranking Tennessee as the 20th most food insecure state in the country. To highlight UT’s research efforts to address the challenges related to food insecurity, the Office of Research and Engagement is hosting a Virtual SPARKS: Achieving Food Security event on Friday, April 23 from 2:00–4:00 p.m. Continue reading
Virtual SPARKS: International Research Event Features NSF’s Rebecca Keiser
International research collaborations have been shown to support robust outcomes due to the diversity of viewpoints, training backgrounds, and methods. In addition, leveraging equipment, research sites, or resources across the globe can be essential to the project and publications with international co-authors tend to increase scope of impact of the publication. Yet, faculty involved in international research face unique challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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
SPARKS: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Faculty who conduct research related to the natural sciences in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) or who are interested in such research are invited to a virtual SPARKS event facilitated by the Office of Research and Engagement’s Research Development staff on Thursday, September 10, from 1–4 p.m.
This event will connect UT researchers with those at the National Park Service to explore and support new collaborative efforts. Paul Super, science coordinator for GSMNP, will summarize the various National Park resources available to researchers.
Please register to attend by Thursday, July 27.
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