Companion Animal Initiative in Tennessee and Human Animal Bond in Tennessee are this week’s featured partnerships. CAIT brings communities together to find solutions to pet issues, and H.A.B.I.T. is an animal-assisted interaction program.
Office of Research and Engagement News
The Archaeological Research Lab is this week’s featured Partnership the Makes a Difference. The lab provides technical assistance, professional development opportunities, identification of historical remains, and assistance with museum exhibits.
Professor of Materials Sciences Michael Simpson has been appointed the next director of the UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Joint Institute for Biological Sciences.
The only “car” that most people associate with printers is a “car-tridge” of ink, but may soon change, thanks in part to several UT students.
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.
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.