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

Power Suit


The sharp-dressed man of the future might wear clothes that generate electricity.

A Model of Efficiency


New software tools speed up the development of wind turbine blades.

The Biology of Same-Sex Attraction


A mathematical search for the biological origins of homosexuality.

Street Politics


Discrimination is still causing roadblocks when it comes to renaming streets for civil rights pioneers.

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.

Students participate in research at UTC


research-day-2014-05As Jessica Murray assisted Dr. Gretchen Potts with ongoing research on electronic or e-cigarettes, the undergraduate student said she learned a lot about problem solving and troubleshooting.  She recently presented her Departmental Honors Thesis in chemistry. Murray, a Brock Scholar, wrote in her abstract that the ultimate goal of this research “is to add to the growing amount of knowledge regarding e-cigarette ingredient content, safety, and quality.” UTC Research

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.

Chancellor delivers State of the University


angle-sou-addressHamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger called UTC “a vital part of Hamilton County for more than 125 years” and he thanked Chancellor Steve Angle for his leadership.

Chancellor Angle delivers State of the University Address on March 5


UTC Chancellor Steven R. Angle will deliver “Achieving Excellence—Charting the path to the future” to the community on Wednesday, March 5 at 8 a.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art.

CHEPS publishes journal


stock_medical_textbookWith support from the Maclellan Foundation, the UTC College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies (CHEPS) has recently begun publishing the Journal of Adolescent and Family Health (JA&FH).

The right Angle: Chancellor targets student success and community connections


Chancellor Angle talks with students during the annual Student Holiday PartyBefore he even had a desk on campus, Chancellor Steven Angle hired a new provost, a new athletics director, and two head basketball coaches—and he hasn’t slowed down since.

Introduction to Asia Conference: February 18 at the University Center


asiaThe Sixth Annual Introduction to Asia Conference will be held Tuesday, February 18, 12 noon until 5 p.m. at the UTC University Center Auditorium.  Admission is free and open to the public.

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.

UT Symposium to Explore Communication Research


"Leaping Forward in Communication and Information Research" is the theme of the College of Communication and Information's thirty-fourth annual Research Symposium on February 29 on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.