Office of Research News

Partnerships that Make a Difference: Plan East Tennessee


PlanET began in 2010 as a regional partnership of communities building a shared direction for our future. PlanET comprises five counties, sixteen cities, and four towns, all investing in one region. The partnership addressed challenges regarding jobs, housing, transportation, a clean environment, and community health. UT’s role was to assist in the development of research, critical inquiry, planning and design strategies that accommodate an anticipated population growth rate of forty-five percent through 2040.

Partnerships that Make a Difference: Clifton M. Jones Student Leadership Conference and MLK Jr. Day of Service


This annual conference gets students involved in interactive sessions focused on creating a leadership brand, leading in a diverse world, servant leadership, and social justice. That event is followed by a half-day of community service in the Knoxville area in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where students experience first-hand some of the topics and issues discussed earlier in the day.

UT Launches Aerospace and Defense Business Institute

The Haslam College of Business, in partnership with the UT Office of Research and Engagement, has launched a new institute to better organize and build aerospace- and defense-related research, education, and training.

Partnerships that Make a Difference: Eyes on LaFollette


As part of the university’s successful Carnegie Community Engagement Classification application process, the Office of Research and Engagement will be celebrating throughout the coming year by featuring individual exemplars of UT’s best community-campus partnerships. This week’s feature: Eyes on LaFollette.

Expert on 3D Printing and Manufacturing to Present at Science Forum

The technology of 3D printing and manufacturing is the topic of the continuing Science Forum series. Chad Duty, group leader of Deposition Science and Technology Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will present “3D Printing: The Next Generation of Manufacturing” Friday, October 11.

EURēCA Highlights Undergraduate Research

UT is celebrating undergraduate research next week at the Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA). At EURēCA, part of Research Week, undergraduate students will present original research poster displays that are judged by a panel of UT faculty. Judging takes place on Monday, and the exhibits are on display to the public in the University Center’s ballroom on Tuesday.

Local Conservationist To Speak at Science Forum on Friday

JR Shute

J.R. Shute, co-founder and co-director of Conservation Fisheries Inc., has been studying endangered fish for more than twenty-five years. He’ll be discussing the importance of protecting rare species of fish at Friday’s Science Forum. The Science Forum is a weekly brown bag lunch series that allows professors and area scientists to discuss their research with the general public.

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.

UT Receives NSF Award to Commercialize Discovery

Jimmy Mays, right, shows Joy Fisher the mechanical strength of a piece of Superelastomers™ material.

Jimmy Mays, a chemistry professor at UT Knoxville, has developed a substance that promises to replace conventional rubber in many products with something that is stronger, greener, and easier to recycle. Now he’s joining forces with the College of Business Administration’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to turn his new discovery into a game-changing business.