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Deb Crawford, vice chancellor for research, with radio host Hallerin Hilton Hill.

Artificial intelligence, turfgrass and the supply chain are just some of the topics discussed by University of Tennessee, Knoxville, faculty experts in an 11-episode interview series on “The Hallerin Hilton Hill Show.” The radio series originally aired on Knoxville station NewsTalk 98.7 in late 2022.

A Peek into the Series

In each episode, Hill interviews a faculty expert from UT focusing on key aspects of their research and delving into anecdotes showing the personal motivation related to their work.

Tennessee’s Growing Leadership in Artificial Intelligence Research

From the White House back home to Tennessee, Lynne Parker, associate vice chancellor and director of the AI Tennessee Initiative, discusses the future of responsible artificial intelligence in solving complex problems and how Tennessee will play a leading role in AI research. Listen to Parker’s interview.

Growing and Developing Tennessee’s Innovation Economy

Deborah Crawford, vice chancellor for research, provides an overview of the types of research being conducted at UT, the importance of external research partnerships, and an overview of UT’s future projects and initiatives. Listen to Crawford’s interview.

Shaping the Future of the Tennessee River

Brad Collett, director of the Tennessee RiverLine partnership and a professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Plant Sciences and the School of Landscape Architecture, discusses landscape performance research including watershed stewardship and sustainable planning and design. Listen to Collett’s interview.

Supporting Arts and Humanities Research

Amy Elias, Chancellor’s Professor, Distinguished Professor of English and director of the UT Humanities Center, discusses her internationally recognized research in English and explains how the arts and humanities can bring expertise and critical perspective to STEM fields such as computer coding. Listen to Elias’ interview.

A Team Science Approach to Biomaterials

David Anderson, associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses focused research efforts on how to trigger and connect regenerative mechanisms within the body and find solutions tailored to specific needs. Listen to Anderson’s interview.

How COVID-19 Has Impacted the Supply Chain

Shay Scott, executive director of UT’s Global Supply Chain Institute, gives an overview of the supply chain, including reshoring, labor and technology affecting manufacturing stability and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen to Scott’s interview.

Mobility of the Future

Kevin Heaslip, director of the Center for Transportation Research and a professor of civil and environmental engineering, discusses transportation, both in Tennessee and nationally, and offers thoughts on the future of mobility. Listen to Heaslip’s interview.

Improving National Competitiveness in Advanced Manufacturing

Tony Schmitz, professor of mechanical engineering, director of the Machine Tool Research Center, and joint faculty member at UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, discusses how machine tool research aims to help manufacturers improve the efficiency of processes and introduces UT’s programs promoting advanced manufacturing education and workforce development. Listen to Schmitz’s interview.

Advancing Literacy Skills of Children in Tennessee

Deborah Reed, director of the Tennessee Reading Research Center, explains her work evaluating components around state legislation to help advance reading proficiency and explains how her research is impacting reading proficiency in Tennessee and the nation. Listen to Reed’s interview.

Improving Materials to Improve Lives

With a focus on improving Volkswagen automobiles and constructing smart bridges in rural Tennessee, Dayakar Penumadu, Fred N. Peebles Professor and IAMM Chair of Excellence, shares his expertise in materials characterization for lightweight composites and discusses research projects with public impact. Listen to Penumadu’s interview.

Leading Change for the Turfgrass Industry

John Sorochan, co-director of the Center for Athletic Field Safety and Distinguished Professor of Turfgrass Science and Management, gives insight into the science informing the design, installation and maintenance of safe, sustainable and attractive playing surfaces for major sporting venues for events such as the FIFA World Cup. Listen to Sorochan’s interview.


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