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Karla McKanders

Karla McKanders Associate Professor Law Expertise: Karla McKanders’ research focuses on civil rights, immigration and asylum law and policy. She can discuss the constitutionality of recent state and local laws targeting immigrants as well as the legal connections between past discriminatory laws and current anti-immigrant legislation.  Expertise Categories: Civil Rights | Asylum Law | Immigration

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Joshua Emery

Joshua Emery Research Assistant Professor Earth and Planetary Sciences Expertise: Josh Emery is an expert in astronomy, particularly that of our own solar system. His research focuses on understanding surface compositions of bodies throughout the solar system, with an emphasis on ices (e.g., water ice, carbon dioxide ice, methane ice) and complex organic material. Emery

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Annette Wszelaki

Annette Wszelaki Assistant Professor Plant Sciences Expertise: Annette Wszelaki is the UT Vegetable Extension Specialist and has statewide responsibilities for developing a comprehensive educational program in commercial vegetable production. The main focuses of her extension program include production and variety recommendations, diversifying production, developing alternative crops, organic and sustainable production, crop sensory and nutrition evaluations

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Rex Cannon

Rex Cannon Adjunct Research Assistant Professor Psychology Expertise: Rex Cannon can discuss issues related to the brain, including clinical neuroscience, biological psychology, self-regulation and electroencephalogram (EEG) source localization. Cannon also can discuss low resolution brain electromagnetic tomography (LORETA), neuroimaging, neurocognitive testing, psychometrics and statistical modeling. Cannon received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University

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Samuel Jackson

Samuel Jackson Research Assistant Professor Office of Bioenergy Programs Expertise: Samuel Jackson can discuss bioenergy, specifically the production of cellulosic ethanol, and feedstock production, harvesting, logistics and storage. Expertise Categories: Bioenergy | Forestry Contact Information Email: Phone: 865-946-1124 Web:

David Dupper

David Dupper Associate Professor Social Work Expertise: David Dupper can discuss issues related to school bullying, alternatives to suspension and positive approaches to school discipline. Expertise Categories: Bullying | School Discipline Contact Information Email: Phone: 865-974-5825 Web:

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: 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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