Two UT Knoxville professors are searching for potential habitats for life on Mars. Linda Kah and Jeffrey Moersch, associate professors of earth and planetary sciences, are an integral part of a NASA team working on the Curiosity rover, which launched from the Kennedy Space Center on November 26 and is now hurtling toward the Red Planet.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s search for a vice chancellor for research continues this week, with a visit from the fifth and final candidate and a public forum. H. Edward Seidel, physics and astronomy and computer science professor at Louisiana State University, and assistant director for mathematical and physical sciences at the National Science Foundation, will speak from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, October 19, in the Toyota Auditorium in the Baker Center.
The fourth and final Life of the Mind discussion panel, “Undergraduate Research at UTK: Be Inspired, Get Involved!” will help acquaint first-year students to undergraduate research being done at UT Knoxville and show them how they can get involved. The hour-long panel discussion begins at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, in the University Center Auditorium.
Faculty members in any college who have undergraduate students working on an advanced, original, research-based paper should encourage the students to submit their work to Pursuit, UT’s journal of undergraduate research. Pursuit is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2011 issue. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, May 31, for priority consideration, and Thursday, June 30, for all other submissions.
Honors and awards for UT Knoxville faculty and graduate students.
The National Endowment for the Humanities invites the public’s input on an NEH-funded study of three sites in Virginia where former slave quarters are thought to have stood. Barbara Heath, assistant professor of anthropology at UT Knoxville, is conducting the study, which will identify and excavate the Wingos site on two historic properties.
UT Knoxville is working to become a Top 25 public research university in the next 10 years. Attracting and retaining exceptional faculty and staff will help us get there. To highlight the campus’s top priorities, Tennessee Today is featuring stories about faculty and staff whose work is already helping UT Knoxville reach the goal. Professor Shih-Lung Shaw is a researcher in the rapidly changing field of geographic information science, which analyzes geographic data and other information about human movement and transportation.
UT Knoxville is striving to become a Top 25 public research university in the next 10 years. Strengthening our capacity and productivity in research, scholarship and creative activity is key to getting us there. Governor’s chair professor Frank Loeffler is leading the field of bioremediation — the use of microbes and other organisms to decontaminate polluted water and other damaged aspects of the environment.
First-year students and faculty members agree: FYS 129 seminars are a change from ordinary. Students enjoy small-group learning while transitioning to college. Professors enjoy engaging with students on topics of mutual interest while receiving $1,500 for research support. The deadline for seminar proposals is April 8.
UT Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s new science and energy center has received program approval and named its first set of faculty members. The process for selecting its inaugural class of graduate students is now underway.