Updates from the Office of Research, Innovation & Economic Development
UT Rallies Behind Movement for AI Education
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is one of 10 universities joining the AI Education Project, or aiEDU, in a historic call to bring artificial intelligence education to every K-12 student in America.
“Students from all geographic regions of the country deserve access to cutting-edge AI education that will prepare them for the workforce of the future. The University of Tennessee embraces its land-grant mission and aims to connect every Tennessean with education innovations that align with 21st-century workforce needs,” said Lynne Parker, associate vice chancellor and director of the AI Tennessee Initiative.
The mission of aiEDU is to support students in becoming thriving workers, consumers, creators, and citizens in the age of AI.
Upcoming Workshops and Events
UT Research: Making Life and Lives Better
ORIED provides resources that help faculty realize their individual research goals, while also bringing groups of faculty together to explore solutions to complex challenges—solutions that require the insights, methods, and tools of multidisciplinary teams.
The university has defined five multidisciplinary research initiatives that build upon the strengths of our faculty and are enriched or informed by assets, opportunities, and challenges in Tennessee and in the world around us: materials and manufacturing, artificial intelligence, global energy ecosystems, mobility, and human health and wellness.
In the coming months, Catalyst will explore the riches of UT’s research enterprise in greater detail, including our multidisciplinary research and cluster hire initiatives, along with the tools and strategies ORIED uses to forge connections between faculty within and across disciplines, to enhance the quality and amplify the impact that UT Research has on the world we share.
Faculty Fulbright Fellowship Workshop on April 11
ORIED is hosting a Fulbright Workshop for Faculty on today at 3:30 p.m. featuring a panel of faculty members who have all participated in the Fulbright Scholar Program. They will make brief presentations about their experiences and offer valuable advice for anyone considering this unique opportunity. The workshop will be led by Alan Rutenberg, official Fulbright campus representative.
Learn more and register.
New Tool Identifies Broader Impacts Resources
ORIED has launched the Broader Impacts Connector, a new tool aimed at helping researchers expand the societal impact of their work. The Connector identifies resources that can be leveraged to increase the impact of research, scholarship, and creative activities. Users can filter results by broader impact category and audience.
Explore the Broader Impacts Connector.
Applications Open for Responsible Conduct of Research Ambassadors
RCR College Ambassadors will be mentors and resources for their colleges on RCR policy. This ambassadorship entails completion of an RCR course, an annual retreat, and College Ambassador meetings every other month. Appointments are on a rotating two-year period and includes a $10,000 stipend/year.
Learn more and apply.
Virtual SPARKS: Medical Research on May 3
Join ORIED for SPARKS: Medical Research on May 3 from 4 – 6 p.m. Medical professionals from UT Medical Center and faculty from the University of Tennessee will speak to current challenges in medicine and potential research solutions to address these challenges.
Learn more and register.
SPARKS: Broadband Seed Competition
ORIED has launched the SPARKS: Broadband Seed Competition to facilitate multidisciplinary collaborations focused on broadband research. Applicants can apply for up to $75,000 per award. Cost share is not required but desired and will be considered when making selections.
Proposals due by June 2.
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