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Research news from the Knoxville and Chattanooga campuses, and the Health Sciences Center

Special Collections and University Archives housed in improved environment

2015-02-20

Library Special CollectionsNeed to research the cultural heritage resources of the University, the city of Chattanooga, or the state of Tennessee?  Special Collections and University Archives are housed in a great location in the new UTC Library. Steven Cox is delighted with the new environment.  He is Team Lead, Special Collections and University Archives.  He talks about this positive change in a video interview. Researchers are encouraged to make an appointment

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Physical Therapy professor offers advice on Dog TV

2015-02-20

David Levine on Dog TVDr. David Levine’s research and clinical expertise in canine rehabilitation has taken him in an interesting direction for Dog TV with “K9 Fit Club, Sit Stay & Get Fit” on the Dish Network. Levine, Walter M. Cline Chair of Excellence in Physical Therapy, offered encouragement to dog owners to get out and exercise with their canine companions, a win-win for humans and their pets. Watch Episode 9 and Episode

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Dawning of a New Age

2015-01-12

The advent of additive manufacturing is poised to change the world in ways we have yet to imagine.

UTC Honors College participates at National Collegiate Honors Council conference

2015-01-09

honors-2014-natl-collegiate-honors-council-conf-04A group of students, faculty, and staff attended the National Collegiate Honors Council annual conference in fall semester 2014. UTC participants presented research and offered presentations at the event in Denver, Colorado.

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Going for Gold

2014-12-29

Hosting an international sporting event can be a great source of pride but is unlikely to pay off financially.

Y-12, UT Sign Agreement to Continue, Expand Collaborative Work

2014-12-18

A Memorandum of Understanding signed today by Consolidated Nuclear Security and UT will expand collaborations while making the country safer and more secure. CNS and the university collaborate in areas ranging from joint research to pushing more technologies into the private sector.

Chemistry students, faculty, participate in SERMACS meeting

2014-11-04

chemistry-2014-sermacs-conference-03Heir Jordan was not sure he wanted to attend an American Chemical Society meeting during fall break, but after meeting a Nobel Prize winner, he’s glad he did.

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Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression

2014-10-31

civil-war-symposium-2014UTC’s twenty-second annual Symposium on 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression will be held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 6-8.  The purpose of the conference is to share current research and to develop a series of monographs on the 19th century press, the Civil War and the press, and 19th century concepts of free expression. Papers from the first five conferences were published by Transaction Publishers

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Stress Test

2014-10-22

An undergraduate researcher examines the behavior and biology of brain strain.

SmartTeams Pilot Program to Implement Youth Sports Safety Best Practices

2014-10-17

Youth American Football blockingCommunity-centric approach pairs UTC with Hixson youth football teams to reduce children's risk of brain and sports injuries.

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UTC alumna Dr. Stephanie Fraley researches drivers of cancer metastasis and sepsis

2014-10-17

Stephanie FraleyDr. Stephanie Fraley topped her Chemical Engineering class. She uses the skills she learned at UTC as a professor of Bioengineering at UC San Diego.

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UT Study Finds Crocodiles are Sophisticated Hunters

2014-10-13

Recent studies have found that crocodiles and their relatives are highly intelligent animals capable of sophisticated behavior such as advanced parental care, complex communication, and use of tools for hunting.

Lab dedicated, supports concrete research

2014-10-03

Dalton Lab DedicationMore than 10,000 bridges need to be replaced in the United States.  They’re mostly made from concrete, a popular building material that has a reputation for freezing, thawing, and cracking. A researcher at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is examining the sustainability, durability, repair, and life cycle of concrete.  He is testing ways to make it last longer so that it does not have to be replaced as

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UTC department head elected to Council of the American Political Science Association

2014-10-03

Michelle DeardorffDr. Michelle Deardorff has been elected to the Council of the American Political Science Association (APSA).  It is the leading professional organization for the study of political science; more than 15,000 APSA members reside in excess of 80 countries.  Deardorff, professor and head of the Department of Political Science, Public Administration, and Nonprofit Management at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, will serve her council term from 2014-2016. APSA

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Presentation: Mammalian communal care of offspring

2014-10-03

Loren HayesMajor goal of this research is to determine the ecological and evolutionary conditions favoring plural breeding with communal care.

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Seeing Things in a New Light

2014-09-24

Bioluminescent zebrafish show potential to save time and money in the development of new drugs for humans.

National Geographic Hosts Young Explorer Grants Events at UT

2014-09-03

The National Geographic Society has chosen UT to host a set of events on September 20 promoting its Young Explorers Grants program. From documenting threatened animals to exploring canyons, the program supports students ages eighteen through twenty-five pursuing field projects in research, exploration, and conservation.

Six Teams to Compete for $25,000 In Tennessee Venture Challenge

2014-03-31

Six startup companies will vie for $25,000 to help kick-start the commercialization of their ideas in the Tennessee Venture Challenge on Thursday, April 3. The UT Research Foundation will host the inaugural event from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. at The Foundry, 747 Worlds Fair Park Drive. The event is free and open to the public. Come learn more about the exciting research and ideas coming out of the university.

UT Study Explains New Twist in Group Cooperation

2014-03-26

A joint study from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis and the University of Oxford sheds new light on the evolutionary roots of group cooperation. Researchers say that leaders in group-living species may bully their own to get what they want, but they also bully outsiders for the overall betterment of their own group.

UT Study: Native-like Brain Processing of Second Language Possible in University Students

2013-10-18

Along with helping students gain a global perspective, study abroad experiences may give college students a particular kind of advantage in learning another language. Research by Harriet Bowden, an assistant professor of Spanish at UT, indicates that native-like brain processing of a second language is possible for university students.

Research at UT May Improve Treatment of Acetaminophen Overdose Victims

2013-09-30

Acetaminophen, or Tylenol, is commonly used in the United States to eliminate aches and pains and reduce fever with few side effects. However, the drug is the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States, and if liver damage is severe enough, the only lifesaving treatment is a liver transplant. A novel method developed at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT helps determine which patients will benefit from transplantation.

Cheek Signs Letter Urging Obama, Congress to Close Innovation Gap

2013-08-07

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has joined 193 other US university leaders in signing a letter that urges President Barack Obama and members of Congress to close an "innovation deficit" by improving funding for scientific research and education. "At UT, we are doing great research that impacts people's lives—but we could be doing so much more," Cheek said. "Additional funding for research is directly linked to problem solving and job creation."

Five UT Students Win Prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

2013-04-18

From developing cheap biofuels to determining when people became monogamous, the research of some UT graduate students has gotten a boost from the National Science Foundation. Five students have received 2013 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees.

Two UT Scientists to Begin Searching for Potential Habitats for Life on Mars

2012-08-03

NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars Sunday night. Then, the work began for two UT professors searching for potentially habitable environments on the red planet. Linda Kah and Jeffrey Moersch, associate professors in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, are an integral part of the NASA team working on the rover.