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Research Foundation Announces 2017 Maturation Fund Recipients

Improved wireless charging technology for consumer electronics, development of higher value-added material from waste produced during biofuel production, and novel materials for 3-D printing are among the projects receiving maturation funding from the UT Research Foundation.

Governor’s Chair Liu Named Fellow of National Academy of Inventors

Governor’s Chair for Power Electronics Yilu Liu has been named a 2016 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Liu serves as deputy director of the National Science Foundation–backed Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks—CURENT—which is housed in UT’s Tickle College of Engineering.

Alloy Expert Named Newest UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair

Easo George will hold the title of Governor’s Chair for Advanced Alloy Theory and Development, the 15th joint faculty member in the Governor’s Chair program, a cornerstone of the UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory partnership.

Holy Batcave! Personal Sighting Leads Dinets to New Data on Spectral Bat

Spectral bats, also called false vampire bats for their imposing size—a wingspan of over three feet—are the largest bats in the Americas and typically roost in trees in lowland forests. Vladimir Dinets, UT research assistant professor of psychology, has discovered evidence that the species also can live in caves and is more adaptable than previously thought, thanks to personal observation and information gleaned from social media accounts of tourists.

Entrepreneurial Journalism Students Challenge Extremism

Students in an entrepreneurial journalism course this fall participated in an international competition to create a social media campaign and strategy to instruct young journalists on how to responsibly report instances of extremism. The campaign was co-sponsored by the US Department of State and Facebook. The UT students came up with the “Report Responsibly” campaign, which provides a call to action for aspiring journalists and media guidelines for reporting on acts of extremism.

UT’s Harjo: How Artists Can Use Their Craft to Address National Debates

When members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe began protesting a controversial pipeline project running through North Dakota, Joy Harjo used her voice and saxophone to raise awareness about the situation. Harjo, an acclaimed poet, author, musician, and a professor of English and Chair of Excellence, said artists play a crucial role in using their craft to address or draw attention to national issues in such a way that people will listen.