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Hay is the Quest Scholar of the Week


Jessica Hay, assistant professor of psychology, was recently awarded a five-year, $1.3 million dollar NIH grant for “Infant Statistical Learning: Resilience, Longevity, and Specificity.”

Woidtke is Quest Scholar of the Week


Tracie Woidtke, professor of finance, recently received a research grant from the Manhattan Institute for Public Policy and was one of two featured panelists at the September 2015 Proxy Monitor conference sponsored by the Manhattan Institute. Quest, the campus’s comprehensive research initiative, has selected Woidtke as its Scholar of the Week.

Eda is Quest Scholar of the Week


Shigetoshi Eda, associate professor in forestry, wildlife, and fisheries, studies immunology and diagnosis of an infectious disease in animals, called Johne’s disease.

Lyons and Fox are Quest Scholars of the Week


Beauvais Lyons, Chancellor’s Professor in the School of Art
, and Diane Fox, senior lecturer in the College of Architecture and Design, are featured in an exhibition Connections: Diane Fox and Beauvais Lyons at the Fine Arts Museum at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, through January 15.

Ganusov is Quest Scholar of the Week


Vitaly Ganusov, assistant professor of microbiology, recently had a paper accepted for publication in the journal PLoS Computational Biology.

Paper Chase: Hu Looks to Inexpensive Material for Life-saving Technologies


Patients and health care professionals rely on portable diagnostic tests to measure blood glucose levels, monitor heart rates, and predict epileptic seizures. Ideally, these devices lower health care costs by providing convenient at-home care, but the manufacturing costs of these tools must be lowered to make them widely available. That’s why Anming Hu, assistant professor of mechanical, aerospace, and biomedical engineering, set out to create a way to produce electronic circuitry using an inexpensive, abundant material: paper.

Sims is Quest Scholar of the Week


Charles Sims is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics and a Faculty Fellow in the Baker Center. His research involves the management of systems that couple humans and nature and involve uncertainty, with particular emphasis on natural resources, invasive species, endangered species, and public land management.

Hines is Quest Scholar of the Week


Wes Hines, Postelle Professor and head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, was recently elected Fellow of the American Nuclear Society.

Moving Targets: Migration Increasingly Criminalized

From Quest: Recent UT graduate Valerie King is quickly becoming one of the planet’s brightest thinkers in the field of “crimmigration”—an emerging area of study focusing on the criminalization of immigration. “Migration is on the rise, and many governments are setting policies that criminalize migration, making various groups vulnerable to detention, imprisonment, and other types of harm,” King says. “Scholars around the world are trying to find the answers, and I hope to be one of them.”