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Betsy Chesnutt


Department of Engineering Fundamentals

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  • 260H Zeanah Engineering Complex
  • Phone: 865-974-9810
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  • Engineering Education

    Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Memphis, University of Tennessee - Memphis, Memphis, TN

    Fulbright Fellowship – Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

    M.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

    B.S., Biological Engineering, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS

    American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)

    American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)

    American Association of Physics Teachers

    Faculty Fellow for Technology-Enhanced Teaching

    STEM Ed Community of Scholars

    ICC Leadership Development Institute (2016-2017)
    HEADWAE Award for outstanding teaching and service (2016)
    NISOD Excellence Award (2012)
    AAPT New Faculty Experience (2010-2012)

    Chesnutt, BM. “Computational modeling of Brownian motion in an IPLS course.” 2016 AAPT Summer Meeting, Sacramento, CA.

    Chesnutt, BM. “Development of an enhanced physics curriculum for life science majors.” 2017 Mississippi Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, Hattiesburg, MS.

    Chesnutt, BM. “Project-based learning in engineering physics courses.” Professional Development Seminar at 2017 AP Physics Exam Reading, Kansas City, MO.


    Chesnutt BM, Yuan Y, Buddington K, Haggard WO, Bumgardner JD. Composite chitosan/nano-hydroxyapatite scaffolds induce osteocalcin production by osteoblasts in vitro and support bone formation in vivo. Tissue Engineering Part A (2009) 15(9): 2671-9.

    Chesnutt BM, Viano AM, Yuan Y, Yang Y, Guda T, Appleford MR, Ong JL, Haggard WO, Bumgardner JD. Design and characterization of a novel chitosan/nanocrystalline calcium phosphate composite scaffold for bone regeneration. Journal of Biomed Mater Res-Part A: 2008.

    Yuan Y, Chesnutt BM, Bumgardner JD. Mechanical property, degradation rate, and bone cell growth of chitosan coated titanium influenced by degree of deacetylation of chitosan. Journal of Biomed Mater Res-Part B: 2008.

    Chesnutt BM, Yuan Y, Brahmandam N, Yang Y, Ong JL, Haggard WO, Bumgardner JD. Characterization of biomimetic calcium phosphate deposited on phosphorylated chitosan films. Journal of Biomed Mater Res- Part A (2007); 82(2): 343-53.

    Yuan Y, Chesnutt BM, Utturkar G, Haggard WO, Yang Y, Ong JL, Bumgardner JD. The effect of cross-linking of chitosan microspheres with genipin on protein release. Carbohydrate Polymers (2007); 68(3): 561-567.

    Bumgardner JD, Chesnutt BM, Yuan Y, Yang Y, Appleford M, Oh S, McLaughlin R, Elder SH, Haggard WO, Ong J. The integration of chitosan coated titanium in bone: an in vivo study in rabbits. Implant Dentistry (2007); 16(1): 66-79.

    Hamilton V, Yuan Y, Rigney DA, Chesnutt BM, Puckett AD, Ong JL, Yang Y, Haggard WO, Elder SH, Bumgardner JD. Bone cell attachment and growth on well-characterized chitosan films. Polymer International (2006); 56(5): 641-647.

    Chesnutt BC, Smith DF, Raffler NA, Smith ML, White EJ, Ley K. Induction of LFA-1 dependent neutrophil rolling on ICAM-1 by engagement of E-selectin. Microcirculation (2006); 13(2): 99-109.

    Bumgardner JD, Wiser R, Gerard PD, Bergin P, Chesnutt BM, Marini M, Ramsey V, Elder SH, Gilbert JA. Chitosan: potential use as a bioactive coating for orthopedic and craniofacial/dental implants. J Biomater Sci Polym Ed (2003); 14(5): 423-438

    Shashkin P, Simpson D, Mishin V, Chesnutt B, Ley K. Expression of CXCL16 on human T-cells. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. (2003); 23(1): 148-149.


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