Research News

Journey to the Top 25: Where the People Are

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.

Journey to the Top 25: Microbe Hunter

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.

129 Seminar Proposals for Fall 2011

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.

New Center Now Choosing Inaugural Class of Graduate Students

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.

UT Historian Explores Role of Small Villages in Ancient Near East

J.P. Dessel, a UT Knoxville historian who specializes in Bronze and Iron Age villages of ancient Israel, has received a $50,000 award from the National Endowment for the Humanities that will allow him to integrate his own research with other studies to show how rural villages affected the social landscape of ancient Israel, otherwise dominated by major cities like Jerusalem and Megiddo.

Scholar of Victorian Poetry, Theater to Speak Tomorrow at UT

The UT Knoxville College of Arts and Sciences’ Faculty Research Seminar in 19th Century British Studies is hosting a lecture by Carolyn Williams of Rutgers University, at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in 1210 McClung Tower. Williams, chair and professor of English, will speak on “Parody and Social Formation in the Comic Operas of Gilbert and Sullivan.” The event is free and open to the public.

UT Vol Court Offers Entrepreneurial “How-To” Workshops and Cash Prize

Do you have a business idea but don’t know how to begin turning it into a reality? The Vol Court Spring 2011 session sponsored by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the College of Business Administration is providing students, faculty and friends the opportunity to learn from entrepreneurs and business experts about the “nuts and bolts” of how to start a business.

UT-led Academic Library Value Study Opens Online Database

A collaborative project involving information science researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Syracuse University and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has produced an online database of research into value and return-on-investment in academic libraries.