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

SmartTeams Pilot Program to Implement Youth Sports Safety Best Practices


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

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


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.

UT Study Finds Crocodiles are Sophisticated Hunters


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


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

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


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

Presentation: Mammalian communal care of offspring


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

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

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.

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.