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Six Cluster Hire Proposals Advance to Next Level of Review

The selection process for the next two cluster hires is progressing, with six proposals now moving into the next level of review.

A multidisciplinary committee of faculty reviewed the 18 proposals and chose those that will advance to the next level, where they will be reviewed by deans, associate deans for research, department heads, and the directors of centers affected by the proposals.

Once this feedback is received, it will be shared with university leadership and the chancellor, who will make the final selection. The decision is expected by May 15.

These are the six proposals advancing to the next round, along with the faculty member who submitted them. View more information about each proposal with contact information for the submitting faculty member if you want to offer your expertise.

  • Quantum Materials for Future Technologies, proposed by Cristian Batista, Willis Lincoln Chair of Excellence and professor of physics.
  • Local Solutions to Global Environmental Change, proposed by Paul Armsworth, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology
  • Integrated Systems for Healthy Communities, proposed by Chris Cox, Robert M. Condra Professor and head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Healthy Brain–Healthy Life, proposed by Rebecca Prosser, professor of biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology and director of the NeuroNET Research Center.
  • Interactions of Food, Water, and Energy Systems, proposed by Thanos Papanicolaou, professor and Henry Goodrich Chair of Excellence in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and director of the Tennessee Water Resources Research Center
  • Center of Food and Activity for Healthy Communities, proposed by Hollie Raynor, professor of nutrition and interim assistant dean of research in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences

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