National Science Foundation News

Materassi is Second UT Engineering NSF CAREER Recipient in a Month

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The National Science Foundation has selected College of Engineering faculty member Donatello Materassi for one of its highest honors, the NSF CAREER award. Materassi, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, joins Cong Trinh, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, to become UT’s second CAREER selection in less than a month.

National Science Foundation Selects Trinh for CAREER Award

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Cong Trinh, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at UT, has become a nationally recognized researcher for his work on bioengineering processes capable of turning waste products into commercial goods.

UT’s Parker Selected as National Science Foundation Division Director

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When an accomplished faculty member takes a new position with another institution, it typically isn’t cause for celebration. However, when that institution is the National Science Foundation and the professor can continue working with their school—as is the case with UT’s Lynne Parker—it is a double bonus for the university.

CURENT Honored with Spot In USA Science and Engineering Festival

The National Science Foundation area of the USA Science and Engineering Festival will have a UT feel thanks to a spot in the prestigious event going to CURENT, the Center for Ultra-Wide-Area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks. Housed in the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building in UT’s College of Engineering, CURENT is a UT-led multi-institution research group focused on making the electrical grid more efficient, particularly in the area of energy transportation.

Tennessee High School Students’ Work at UT Published in Top Science Journal

Hayes Griffin (left) and Dalton Chaffee (right) present their award-winning research at the international meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology. Photo credit: NIMBioS

Tennessee high school students Dalton Chaffee and Hayes Griffin have now done what many scientists strive for: publishing their research in a top science journal. Chaffee and Griffin worked with mentor R. Tucker Gilman, a former postdoctoral research fellow at UT’s National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) to study mate choice. Their work was published this week in the journal Evolution.

Reuters, AP, and News Sentinel: UT research center receives $18.6 million grant

A National Science Foundation grant renewal for a high profile national research center at UT, National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis or NIMBioS, has been featured in hundreds of news outlets including Reuters, the AP, and Knoxville News Sentinel. The institute uses mathematics to study biological issues has received a second $18.6 million renewal

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Register Now for NSF Communications Workshop

A National Science Foundation communications workshop designed to improve the public communications skills of researchers will be held at the UT Conference Center on Wednesday and Thursday, November 7 and 8. Science: Becoming the Messenger is designed to help university researchers at all experience and education levels communicate effectively with the public.

Professor Receives NSF CAREER Award

Jon Camden

Jon Camden, a UT assistant professor of analytical chemistry has received a National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for his work in surface nonlinear spectroscopy.