Playing the violin has been a way of life for Rachel Grubb, and she had the chance to display her gift at UT Knoxville’s first ever research week. The week put the spotlight on undergraduate researchers, scholars, artists and performers with a concert, an honors symposium, an art competition and a student paper competition. Grubb and hundreds of other students showed off their diverse talents in areas ranging from music to art to science to business.
The leading undergraduate researchers of UT Knoxville were recognized last week at the 14th annual Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA) competition. More than 200 undergraduate researchers vied for the top spots in numerous concentrations ranging from engineering to music.
A publication by undergraduate students at UT Knoxville is breaking new ground. The journal, entitled Pursuit: The Journal of Undergraduate Research at the University of Tennessee, is the first publication of only undergraduate research at UT Knoxville, and one of a small number in the national university community.
“Communication and Information Research in a Digital Age” is the theme of the College of Communication and Information’s 32nd annual Research Symposium on Feb. 26 on the UT Knoxville campus. Mike Pardee and Steve Gigliotti, senior executives with Scripps Networks, will deliver the keynote addresses, and newly improved spaces in the Communications Building on campus will also be a highlight of the symposium.
Even during challenging economic times, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is making progress on key strategic goals by adding as many as 77 new graduate assistantships and fellowships in just this past year.
It’s not thinking in the way humans, dogs or even birds think, but new findings from researchers at UT Knoxville show that bacteria are more capable of complex decision-making than previously known. The discovery sets a landmark in research to understand the way bacteria are able to respond and adapt to changes in their environment, a trait shared by nearly all living things, and it could lead to innovations in fields from medicine to agriculture.
UT Knoxville has more new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science than any other university in the South. AAAS has named 11 UT Knoxville faculty members to the 2010 class of fellows. In addition to once again besting all other regional universities, UT Knoxville has the second most new AAAS Fellows nationally, tied with Cornell University.
UT Knoxville and ORNL have established a new Distinguished Fellowship designed to attract top graduate students in science and engineering. The first-of-its-kind program will provide students with an unparalleled opportunity to take part in cutting-edge research at both institutions and build on similar programs to attract to research faculty. Recruiting is now under way for the inaugural class of students, who will be admitted for fall 2010. The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2010.
NVIDIA Corp. has recognized the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Innovative Computing Laboratory (ICL) as a CUDA Center of Excellence, noting its adoption of the CUDA programming model in its curriculum, as well as its pioneering research into the development of linear algebra libraries for the high-performance computing community.
UT Knoxville has joined with Indiana University and a group of eight other national and international partners to explore new frontiers in scientific computing as part of the FutureGrid, a new $15 million project largely supported by a $10.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation. UT Knoxville Distinguished Scientist Jack Dongarra is leading the campus’ involvement in the new program through the Innovative Computing Laboratory, which he oversees.