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

Learning in Silence


Researchers are studying a unique framework for teaching deaf and hard of hearing students to read and write more effectively.

Symposium on Healthcare and Analytics in Research and Practice


SHARP 2014 LogoThe UTC College of Business presents the Symposium on Healthcare and Analytics in Research and Practice (SHARP) on Thursday and Friday, October 16-17, at the Chattanooga Marriot Downtown.  SHARP 2014 will bring together academic professionals and industry representatives who share a common passion for application, research and educational innovation in the field of analytics. In that spirit of open innovation, SHARP offers the opportunity to learn from, contribute your

UTC team to present research on big data analytics


Computer ServersA group of UTC students and faculty will attend the inaugural Teradata Conference & Expo in Nashville. The research they will present on cigarette usage was compiled from social media data. The theme of the conference is “Solving Business Issues with Big Data and Analytics.”

Social media: marketing professor researches “friending” employees, students


Students-Campus_1058Should a supervisor ask to friend an employee? How does a student feel about receiving a Facebook friend request from a professor?

National Geographic Hosts Young Explorer Grants Events at UT


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.

More students to be engaged in undergraduate research and creative activity


Salvator MusumeciIf a chemistry student has always had a passion for social work, wouldn’t it be great for her to find a faculty member in social work and team up on research? The new Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity at UTC is crackling with the excitement of pairing faculty with students to conduct independent intellectual activity. Traditionally, the UTC Honors College has fostered opportunities for undergraduate research. The

UTC team studying how Appalachian plants respond to climate change


Biology StudentsAs the seasons change, we’re used to seeing large numbers of geese migrate and fly to a warmer or cooler climate. But what about plants? Even though they’re rooted in the ground, could they migrate as well? That’s the question Dr. Jennifer Boyd, UTC Associate Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, and a team of students are currently researching on a select group of plants found in the Appalachian

DNP student travels to Hong Kong for nursing research congress


Melissa Bogle in Hong KongFor those who study health practices, it can be easy to lose sight of global health issues and focus on local concerns. Melissa Bogle, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student, had an eye opening experience when she attended the 25th annual Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing Research Congress in Hong Kong in late summer 2014.

Experimental Education


A first-of-its-kind graduate program is pushing beyond the boundaries of a single discipline.

Instruments of Change


A beam of neutrons may be the key to visualizing tiny biological and engineering processes.

The Biology of Same-Sex Attraction


A mathematical search for the biological origins of homosexuality.

University hosts Sisters of the Academy Institute


sota-2014The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Office of Equity and Diversity partnered with Sisters of the Academy Institute (SOTA) to host a writing retreat for UTC faculty. At this retreat, participants had access to coaches and facilitators who provide advice and feedback on dissertations, manuscripts, reports or book chapters.

Three UTC women honored by Girls Inc. of Chattanooga


Honorees of this year's Unbought & Unbossed Awards. Photo Credit: Jeannie and Greg Forehand of Contemporary PortraitsThree of the ten Unbought and Unbossed women honored by Girls Inc. of Chattanooga in 2014 are employed by UTC. They are Dr. Stephanie Bellar, Dr. Christine Benz Smith, and Kathy Purnell.

Students present road study to Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce


Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 11.34.31 AMA group of UTC civil engineering students took their research out of a lab and into the real world. The group addressed traffic headaches at the intersection of Gunbarrel and East Brained Road, one of the busiest in the city.

Student receives Honorable Mention for the Goldwater Scholarship


Adrianna EderAdrianna Eder has received an Honorable Mention for the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate scholarship for students conducting research in the sciences.

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


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


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.

Non-Prescription Costume Contact Lenses Can Be Hazardous


Non-Prescription Costume Contact Lenses Can Be Hazardous

Asst. Prof. WenLin Sun Receives Grant for Cocaine Addiction Research


Assistant Professor WenLin Sun Receives $1.42 Million Grant for Cocaine Addiction Research

Dedication Ceremony for New Kaplan Amonette Dept. of Dermatology


Dedication Ceremony for New Kaplan Amonette Dept. of Dermatology

UTHSC Begins Vitamin D and Prevention of Diabetes Study


UTHSC is seeking participants with prediabetes for a new study.

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Awards $50,000 in Scholarships


First Dr. Ed Reed Scholarships Awarded to African-American Students

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


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.

Professor Dagogo-Jack Receives $3.1 Million Prediabetes Research Grant


Professor Dagogo-Jack Receives $3.1 Million Prediabetes Research Grant

UTHSC Asst Prof Writes Book on Bringing Up Baby Old-Fashioned Way


New book, “Retro Baby,” published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. UTHSC Assistant Professor

Marko Radic of UTHSC Authors Paper on Immune System Disorders


Published in the July 16 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Research at UT May Improve Treatment of Acetaminophen Overdose Victims


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.

College of Dentistry Kicks off Global Health Initiative


UTHSC Hosts two students from the Medical University of Sofia in Bulgaria

Pedi-Flite improves outcomes and reduces costs for pediatric diabetics


Innovative, cost-effective approach reduces disparities in diabetes care.

College of Dentistry Opens Dedicated Endodontics Clinic


UTHSC Opens Dentsply Tulsa Endodontics Graduate Clinic

UTHSC and Methodist Hospice Meet Need for Hospice and Palliative Care


Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship Program at UTHSC

Memphis Crisis Center Awareness Week Sept. 20-26


Event to Raise Funds, Community Profile and Volunteers for 24-Hour Confidential Hotline

College of Dentistry Opens First Dedicated Memphis Endodontics Clinic


Clinic named in honor of major contributor Dentsply Tulsa Dental Specialties

UT Methodist Physicians Launches Sept. 1


UTHSC launches UTMP in partnership with UTMG and Methodist University Hospital

Cheek Signs Letter Urging Obama, Congress to Close Innovation Gap


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


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


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.

Navy Chooses UT for Large-Scale Contract


The UT National Defense Business Institute has been awarded the opportunity to participate in a large-scale, multi-year contract with the US Navy. The Navy has identified the institute as a prime contractor for research and development support through SeaPort-e, the Navy's electronic platform for acquiring support services in twenty-two areas including engineering, financial management, and program management.

UT Ranks Highly in Nature Publishing Index


The University of Tennessee received high marks in the international realm for paper publishing. The prestigious journal, Nature, released its rankings for papers published in 2011 and UT ranked 47th in the world.