The UT Research Foundation was listed among the world’s top universities for producing new US utility patents. UTRF ranked eightieth, ahead of Emory, Yale, and Princeton.
Office of Research and Engagement News
Janet Nelson has been named the new associate vice chancellor for research, focusing on research development, effective July 1. Nelson joins UT’s Office of Research and Engagement from her position as director of business development for the URS Corporation. She replaces Greg Reed, who has served as associate vice chancellor for research since 2007.
The administrator who has ensured ethical treatment for people who are the subjects of UT research projects is stepping away from that responsibility after almost a quarter century. Brenda Lawson, compliance officer for the Office of Research and Engagement, will retire on June 30. A reception in her honor will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 2, in the Carolyn P. Brown University Center Executive Dining Room. Lawson, who has administered the university’s Institutional Review Board, joined the research office in May 1991 as an assistant to the university’s compliance coordinator.
Candidates for the position of associate vice chancellor for research–research development will be on campus over the next four weeks. As part of the campus visit, each candidate will hold a public forum and respond to questions following the presentation.
UT’s Office of Research and Engagement is hosting a national expert on academic reward systems for engaged scholarship. KerryAnn O’Meara, associate professor of higher education at the University of Maryland, will present “Rewarding Engaged Scholarship in Promotion and Tenure: Strategies for Action” at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 13, at the university.
UT researchers will have more help in complying with complex federal requirements that cover everything from treatment of lab animals and surveying human subjects to handling hazardous materials and defense-sensitive information. The Office of Research and Engagement has hired Robert Nobles as assistant vice chancellor fo the responsible conduct of research and research integrity officer.
In 2001, Taylor Eighmy was issued a patent for an invention that keeps heavy metal from contaminated marine sediments from seeping further into the water. Now, UT’s vice chancellor for research and engagement at UT is being honored for his contributions in innovation and technology development with the election to the 2013 class of National Academy of Inventors Fellows.
Two professors from UT have been offered National Endowment for the Humanities research fellowships for 2014-15, continuing a university tradition of being a national leader in NEH fellows. Nancy Henry and Gregory Kaplan are being honored with the prestigious fellowship, marking thirteen in a string of NEH grants to UT faculty since 2004. This puts UT among the top ten institutions nationwide in the number of NEH grants awarded in the past ten years.
With five faculty members now on Fulbright exchanges, UT is one of the Fulbright Program’s “top producers” for 2013–14. UT ranks in the top ten of research universities for its number of current Fulbright recipients. The Fulbright Program is a prestigious international exchange initiative that awards about 1,100 grants to American scholars each year.
UT has launched a new institute to research solutions to medical problems such as devices for improved delivery of medications, better imaging technology, and optimized efficiency in the healthcare setting. Finding answers to these and many other healthcare problems is possible through a unique collaboration introduced by the new Institute of Biomedical Engineering.