Martin, TN, United States
Martin, TN, United States

The University of Tennessee at Martin , located in Martin, Tennessee in the United States, is one of the five campuses of the University of Tennessee system. Other campuses include the flagship campus in Knoxville, the Chattanooga campus, the Center for the Health science in Memphis, and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. Prior to the acquisition of Lambuth University in Jackson by University of Memphis in 2011, UTM was the only public four-year university in West Tennessee outside of Memphis.UT Martin is featured in U.S. News & World Report top-tier ranking for southern master’s institutions in the 2013 edition of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review also named UT Martin “A Best Southeastern College” for 2013 and among the nation’s “Best Value” colleges and universities in the book The Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition ; And, for the sixth consecutive year, UT Martin is listed among America’s 100 Best College Buys, a listing by Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc.UTM operates a large experimental farm and several satellite centers in West Tennessee. Wikipedia.

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News Article | February 21, 2017

BRENTWOOD, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Commerce Union Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: CUBN) (“Commerce Union Bancshares,” or the “Company”), parent of Reliant Bank, announced today that it has hired Terry M. Todd to lead the Company’s expansion into Chattanooga, TN, one of the state’s fastest growing metropolitan markets. Reliant Bank’s new office will be located in the Republic Centre, 633 Chestnut St, Suite 630, Chattanooga, TN 37450. “We are pleased to announce the appointment of Terry Todd as Reliant Bank’s new Market President for Chattanooga,” stated DeVan Ard, CEO of Reliant Bank and President of the Company. “Terry will be responsible for Reliant Bank’s expansion into Chattanooga, including opening our new office in the city and hiring new lenders to expand our loan, deposit and treasury management opportunities. “Ron DeBerry and I both worked in Chattanooga in the 1980’s and 1990’s, for Commerce Union Bank (now Bank of America) and AmSouth Bank (now Regions Bank) respectively,” continued Ard. “We have many friends and business connections in Chattanooga. We are both very familiar with the growth potential of the Chattanooga market and are excited about expanding our services targeted to business and commercial customers with Terry Todd as our market leader.” Commenting on the announcement, William R. DeBerry, Chairman and CEO of the Company, said, “Terry joined my team at Commerce Union Bank of Chattanooga in 1987 where he headed our SBA lending program and led the state in SBA loan production. He has a strong background in business development, marketing, customer service and building organizational effectiveness. We believe his extensive knowledge of the Chattanooga market will be a key driver in our loan growth as he ramps up our lending team in Chattanooga and the surrounding area.” Darrell Freeman, founding director of Reliant Bank, CEO of Zycron, Inc. and a native Chattanoogan, added, “I am excited to see our bank expanding into my home town, where I still have family and friends. We have a great opportunity with Terry to bring Reliant’s high touch approach to banking to the Chattanooga community.” Prior to joining Reliant Bank, Terry M. Todd was Regional President for FSG Bank in Chattanooga, TN. As Regional President for FSG Bank, he was responsible for 12 branches with $270 million in loans and $175 million in deposits. He previously served as Business Banking Manager for SunTrust Bank’s Chattanooga Region that included 40 plus branches in Chattanooga, Cleveland, Winchester and Savannah, TN; Rome and Carrollton, GA; and Florence, AL. Todd started his banking career in 1981 at the former Commerce Union Bank, later Bank of America. He transferred to Commerce Union Bank of Chattanooga’s office in 1987. Todd is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin. He is also a graduate of the Banking School of the South at Louisiana State University, the Tennessee Bank Commercial Lending School and the Tennessee Bank Consumer Lending School. He is also actively involved in the Chattanooga community on non-profit and other community boards. About Commerce Union Bancshares, Inc. and Reliant Bank Commerce Union Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: CUBN) is a Brentwood, Tennessee-based bank holding company which operates banking centers in Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner and Williamson Counties, Tennessee through its wholly-owned subsidiary Reliant Bank. Reliant Bank is a full-service commercial bank that offers a variety of deposit, lending and mortgage products and services to business and consumer customers. For additional information, locations and hours of operation, please visit our website found at Statements in this press release relating to Commerce Union Bancshares Inc.’s plans, objectives, expectations or future performance are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words “believe,” “may,” “should,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “objective,” “possible,” “seek,” “plan,” “strive” or similar words, or negatives of these words, identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations. The Company’s actual results in future periods may differ materially from those indicated by forward-looking statements due to various risks and uncertainties, including those related to the combination of Commerce Union Bank and Reliant Bank following the merger. These and other risks and uncertainties are described in greater detail under “Risk Factors” in the Company’s 10-K and subsequent periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date of the release and the Company does not assume any responsibility to update these statements.

Goyret J.,University of Tennessee at Martin | Goyret J.,Cornell University | Yuan M.L.,Cornell University
Integrative and Comparative Biology | Year: 2015

As a goal-directed behavior, foraging for nectar functions on the basis of a sequence of innate stereotyped movements mainly regulated by sensory input. The operation of this inherited program is shaped by selective pressures acting on its efficiency, which is largely dependent upon the way the system handles sensory information. Flowers offer a wealth of signals, from odors acting as distant attractants, to colors eliciting approximation and feeding responses, to textures guiding feeding responses toward a reservoir of nectar. Thus, animals use different signals in the regulation of particular motor outputs. Nevertheless, the use of these sensory signals can be user-specific (e.g. species, motivation, experience, learning) as well as context-dependent (e.g. spatiotemporal patterns of stimulation, availability of signals, multimodal integration). The crepuscular/nocturnal hawkmoths Manduca sexta experience a wide range of illuminations during their foraging activity, which raises the question of how these environmental changes might affect the use of two important floral signals, odor and visual display. In a flight cage, we explored the use of these signals under different illuminances. Under conditions of starlight and crescent moonlight, moths showed very low levels of responsiveness to unscented feeders (artificial flowers). However, responsiveness was recovered either by increasing illumination, or by offering olfactory signals. Additionally, we recorded a bias toward white over blue feeders under dim conditions, which disappeared with increasing illumination. We discuss how this kind of experimental manipulation may provide insights to the study of how innate behavioral programs, and their underlying neural substrates, overcome selective forces imposed by the uncertainty of natural, ever-changing environments. © 2015 Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology 2015. This work is written by US Government employees and is in the public domain in the US.

Xu H.,University of Tennessee at Martin | Jagannathan S.,Missouri University of Science and Technology
IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems | Year: 2015

The stochastic optimal control of nonlinear networked control systems (NNCSs) using neuro-dynamic programming (NDP) over a finite time horizon is a challenging problem due to terminal constraints, system uncertainties, and unknown network imperfections, such as network-induced delays and packet losses. Since the traditional iteration or time-based infinite horizon NDP schemes are unsuitable for NNCS with terminal constraints, a novel time-based NDP scheme is developed to solve finite horizon optimal control of NNCS by mitigating the above-mentioned challenges. First, an online neural network (NN) identifier is introduced to approximate the control coefficient matrix that is subsequently utilized in conjunction with the critic and actor NNs to determine a time-based stochastic optimal control input over finite horizon in a forward-in-time and online manner. Eventually, Lyapunov theory is used to show that all closed-loop signals and NN weights are uniformly ultimately bounded with ultimate bounds being a function of initial conditions and final time. Moreover, the approximated control input converges close to optimal value within finite time. The simulation results are included to show the effectiveness of the proposed scheme. © 2012 IEEE.

Rakes G.C.,University of Tennessee at Martin | Dunn K.E.,University of Arkansas
Journal of Interactive Online Learning | Year: 2010

With the rapid growth in online programs come concerns about how best to support student learning in this segment of the university population. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of effort regulation, a self-regulatory skill, and intrinsic motivation on online graduate students' levels of academic procrastination, behavior that can adversely affect both the quality and quantity of student work. This research was guided by one primary question: Are online graduate students' intrinsic motivation and use of effort regulation strategies predictive of procrastination? Results indicated that as intrinsic motivation to learn and effort regulation decrease, procrastination increases. Specific strategies for encouraging effort regulation and intrinsic motivation in online graduate students are presented.

Dunn K.E.,University of Arkansas | Osborne C.,University of Arkansas | Rakes G.C.,University of Tennessee at Martin
Nurse Education Today | Year: 2013

Pathophysiology is a difficult subject matter for many nursing students. This course is also critical for safe clinical practice. However, little research has explored what variables may influence nursing students' success in this course. This study is the first in a forthcoming series that seeks to better understand how to facilitate student success in Pathophysiology. In this study, students' causal attributions for successes and failures were explored as these attributions greatly influence future academic motivation and behavior. Students were asked to respond to two open-ended questions in order to better understand what causal attributions students were making for their successes and failures in Pathophysiology. Seventy-five Bachelor of Science in Nursing students who were enrolled in Pathophysiology returned their responses (92.6% response rate). Content analysis was utilized to determine whether students were making internal or external causal attributions for their successes and failures. Additionally, responses were evaluated in order to identify common themes shared by respondents. The majority of respondents (84%) attributed their academic successes in Pathophysiology in part to internal causes, and the majority of respondents (68%) attributed their academic failures, in part, to external causes. In this study the majority of students attributed their successes to controllable, unstable causes-primarily effort. Research indicates that attributing success to effort may reflect that students' confidence in their abilities is suffering, and that attributing failures to external causes, such as task difficulty, are also detrimental to performance and learning (Siegle et al., 2009). The results of this study are further presented and discussed. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Lei M.,Zhejiang Sci-Tech University | Li P.G.,Zhejiang Sci-Tech University | Li L.H.,University of Tennessee at Martin | Tang W.H.,Zhejiang Sci-Tech University
Journal of Power Sources | Year: 2011

A highly ordered Pt-free Fe-N-C catalyst is synthesized through a hydrogen bonding-assisted self-assembly route. The catalyst has a porous structure with an average pore size of 5.5 nm and a large surface area of 416 m2 g-1, making it highly active in oxygen reduction. Cells assembled with the synthesized catalyst perform significantly better than those assembled with amorphous Fe-N-C cathode catalysts. The maximum powers of cells assembled from the highly ordered and amorphous catalysts are 252 and 60 mW cm -2, respectively. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Pitz K.M.,University of Tennessee at Martin | Sierwald P.,University of Tennessee at Martin
Cladistics | Year: 2010

This study examines relationships within the millipede order Spirobolida using an exemplar approach, sampling within families to maximize geographical and morphological diversity; due to lack of available material, Allopocockiidae and Hoffmanobolidae were not included in analyses. The focus of this study was to test monophyly of the order, the suborders, and the families of Spirobolida and to propose interfamilial relationships using morphological and molecular data in a total-evidence approach. Both maximum-parsimony analyses and Bayesian inference were employed to analyse two datasets consisting of combined morphological and molecular data, one aligned using progressive alignment methods and the second aligned by secondary structure models. Rhinocricidae was recovered sister to all remaining spirobolidan millipedes and is elevated to suborder status as suborder Rhinocricidea. Trigoniulidea was recovered as monophyletic as was Spirobolidea excluding Rhinocricidae; Spirobolidea is redefined to reflect this change. All previously recognized families were recovered, with the exception of Spirobolidae; in all instances, this family was paraphyletic or part of a polytomy that lacked sufficient resolution to assess its monophyly. The results reaffirm much of the existing taxonomic foundation within Spirobolida. This study provides the first phylogenetic test of higher-level relationships within Spirobolida and will serve as a foundation for future work in this group at finer levels. © The Willi Hennig Society 2010. © The Willi Hennig Society 2010.

Ray D.L.,University of Tennessee at Martin
American Biology Teacher | Year: 2016

Students are almost universally interested in animals, and especially endotherms, including mammals and birds. According to Bergmann's rule, endotherms that live in colder climates at higher latitudes are larger than those living in warmer climates. As with most biological principles, hands-on investigation will provide a better understanding of why size is important in endotherm thermal regulation. One easily observable aspect of this principle is that larger organisms have a lower ratio of body surface area to total body volume. This affects how efficiently they can retain or radiate heat, which can be easily tested in the laboratory using commonly available materials. In this activity, simple models of endotherms of different sizes are used to assess the effects of body size on heat loss. © 2016 National Association of Biology Teachers.

DeVito J.,University of Tennessee at Martin
Differential Geometry and its Application | Year: 2014

We classify all compact simply connected biquotients of dimensions 4 and 5. In particular, all pairs of groups (G, H) and embeddings H→. G × G giving rise to a particular biquotient are classified. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 586.00K | Year: 2015

Project UTM S-STEM at the University of Tennessee Martin (UTM) will provide 35 scholarships for four years averaging $4,800 each year to academically promising students with financial need. Students will be incoming freshman and transfer students majoring in Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, Computer Science, and Mathematics. This project will provide the resources needed to recruit, support, and retain more students, including minorities and women, in STEM fields that will improve the nations capacity for innovation and provide regional industry with needed STEM talent.

The project will recruit STEM students that have demonstrated financial need as well the desire and capability to major in an underrepresented STEM field: Chemistry, Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science, or Geology. The UTM student body is largely first generation college students that come from rural areas and many come from economically challenged areas of Tennessee. The average family income of West Tennessee is lower than the US average and many of these students that come to UTM are under-prepared for STEM studies. A number of support mechanisms will be provided to aid these students. A major focus of the project will be the development of a STEM academy. This two week intensive academic course will be collaboratively taught each summer by all STEM disciplines and will review material from the previous year and introduce new material students will see in the upcoming year. The STEM academy will help to remedy areas where UTM S-STEM Scholars are struggling and give them a jump start on the upcoming year. It will serve as a method to reinforce material and concepts students learn in their classes and help them to retain this knowledge throughout their academic career. The project will also establish a learning community. This community will provide both scholarly and social activities to support the S-STEM students to persist in STEM and aid in career exploration. Activities will include monthly lunches with faculty, field trips to industrial sites and other areas specific to each of the disciplines involved, seminars, and involvement in service learning. Scholarship students will be guided in career exploration through exposure to opportunities in government, industry, research, academia, and education through field trips and speakers. Scholarship students will be encouraged to participate in research projects with mentoring faculty to broaden their STEM experiences and to apply to internships, summer experiences, and REU programs. This scholarship program will directly affect the success of the students involved as well as impact how science education is conducted in the future. The project will be evaluated through attitudinal surveys, graduation and retention rate data, STEM course performance, and questionnaires on all project components. Project results will be disseminated to the campus community and at national meetings focused on STEM education as data is evaluated yearly. S-STEM scholars will make YouTube videos to showcase their experiences throughout their time at UTM. The incorporation of the STEM Academy will serve as a model for all STEM and ideally other disciplines within the university and at other 4-year institutions with similar demographics.

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