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Vena Long

Vena Long Professor Theory and Practice in Teacher Education Expertise: Vena Long can discuss education issues such as teaching mathematics in rural areas, education policy, and assessment of education efficacy. Expertise Categories: Education | Assessment Contact Information Email: vlong@utk.edu Phone: 865-974-5973 Web:

Sebastien Dubreil

Sèbastien Dubreil Assistant Professor and French Language Program Director Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures Expertise: A native of Nantes (western France), Sèbastien Dubreil moved to the US in 1994 and received his Ph.D. from Emory University in 2002. His research interests include the definition of culture in the foreign language classroom, its place in the

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Howard Hall

Howard Hall Governor’s Chair Professor Nuclear Engineering Expertise: Howard Hall is a UT-ORNL Governor’s chair and an expert in global nuclear security. He is a leading researcher on issues including detection of nuclear and radioactive weapons, preventing the spread of nuclear material and how best to respond to the use of weapons such as “dirty

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Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith Governor’s Chair Professor Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology Expertise: Jeremy Smith is a UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair and an expert in computational biology. Smith uses the power of high-performance supercomputers to find solutions to pressing biological problems. He also uses tools such as ORNL’s Spallation Neutron Source to analyze molecular structure on an atom-by-atom

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Frank Loeffler

Frank Loeffler Governor’s Chair Professor Microbiology Expertise: Frank Loeffler is a UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair and an expert in using bacteria to cleanup pollution. His work centers on the use of both new and existing bacteria to breakdown harmful pollution resulting from man-made activities. He also works to understand the qualities of new forms of bacteria

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Yilu Liu

Yilu Liu Governor’s Chair Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Expertise: Yilu Liu is a UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair, and an expert in energy transmission. Specifically, her work focuses on the creation of the “smart grid” technologies that are key to the country’s energy future. Liu can discuss power transmission issues, the national power grid, changes

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Thomas Zawodzinski

Thomas Zawodzinski Governor’s Chair Professor Chemical Engineering Expertise: Thomas Zawodzinski is a UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair and an expert in energy conservation and storage. His work has focused on the creation of more efficient and effective fuel cells to power vehicles with no emissions. He’s also an expert in the development of battery technology along similar

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Cindy Welch

Cindy Welch Assistant Professor Information Sciences Expertise: Cindy Welch can discuss issues related to teens and reading, public libraries, young adult literature, children’s and young adult library services. Welch also can discuss the history and current operations of public libraries. Expertise Categories: Veterinary Medicine | Nuclear Medicine | Diagnostic Imaging Contact Information Email: cwelch11@utk.edu Phone:

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Federica Morandi

Federica Morandi Associate Professor and Director of Radiological Services Small Animal Clinical Sciences Expertise: Federica Morandi can discuss issues related to diagnostic imaging. Her areas of main interest are CT and nuclear medicine, including PET/CT and her specific research focus is the imaging diagnosis of portosystemic shunts via scintigraphy and CT . Expertise Categories: Veterinary

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Xiaopeng Zhao

Xiaopeng Zhao Assistant Professor Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering Expertise: Xiaopeng Zhao can discuss cardiovascular mechanics, nonlinear dynamics and control, computational biology and infectious disease modeling. Expertise Categories: Computational Biology | Engineering | Cardiovascular Mechanics Contact Information: Email: xzhao9@utk.edu Phone: 865 974-7682