We will not meet Friday, October 16 because UT will be closed for Fall Break.
We will resume our regular weekly schedule Friday, Oct. 23 with Dr. John Schwartz, associate professor of civil & environmental engineering, who will speak on “Restoring Urban Streams: What Is ‘Natural’?”
Dr. Colin Sumrall, assistant professor of ecology & evolutionary biology, will speak on “The Origin of Birds: Did the Age of Dinosaurs Really End?” at the next UT Science Forum presentation Friday, Oct. 9.
It is well known that dinosaurs became extinct some 65 million years ago when the Earth was struck by a rather large asteroid. Unfortunately, it isn’t true. The resulting mass extinction killed the large dinosaurs, marine reptiles and many other groups of animals ultimately paving the way for the rise of mammals. However, every bird alive today is as much a dinosaur as Tyrannosaurus, Allosaurusand Stegosaurus. This talk will look at the transformation of a lineage of small carnivorous dinosaurs into birds and show why we are still living in the age of the dinosaurs (arguably the greatest birding story ever told).
The UT Science Forum begins at 12 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Rooms C-D. A 40-minute presentation is followed by a Q&A. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the Arena Cafe.
The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Shannon Mahurin, Staff Scientist, Nanomaterials Chemistry Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will speak on “Desalination: The Quest for Clean Water” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, Oct. 2.
Seawater is a potential source of fresh water for human consumption, agriculture, industry and energy production. However, salt and other contaminants must be efficiently and economically removed in order to utilize this immense but largely untapped resource. Mahurin will discuss current issues in water supply and how new materials such as porous graphene could potentially improve the desalination process to supply future needs.
The lecture begins at 12 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Rooms C-D. Individuals are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the Cafe. The 40-minute lecture is followed by a Q&A session.
The UT Science Forum is free and open to the public. To see a full list of speakers for the Fall 2015 semester, please click here.
Wanda DeWaard, Environmental Educator for Earth Kin, will speak on “The Mystery and Magic of Monarch Butterflies” at the next UT Science Forum meeting Friday, September 25.
Monarch butterflies have an amazing life cycle. Their migration is a severely endangered environmental process. According to some monarch scientists, the migrating monarch will not exist in 10 years if the trends we are seeing continue. DeWaard will discuss what can be done through citizen science and other activities to help save the monarch butterfly.
The Science Forum begins at 12 p.m. in the UT Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Rooms C-D. The 40-minute talk is followed by a question and answer session. Attendees can bring their lunch or purchase it from the Cafe.
Dr. Tessa Burch-Smith, assistant professor of Biochemistry and Cellular & Molecular Biology at the University of Tennessee will present “Can Anything Good Come Out of GMOs?” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, September 18.
The term ‘genetic engineering’ is fraught with connotations, and means very different things to various people. To some it holds great promise for medical, agricultural and social advances, while to others it is a technology that places life and health at great risk. In her talk, Dr. Burch-Smith will explore genetic engineering as it is currently used in industry, medicine and agriculture. She will also discuss the potential, if any, of this technology to address some of the challenges we face including climate change, finding alternatives to fossil fuels and the emergence of new diseases.
The UT Science Forum takes place each Friday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Rooms C-D. The event is free and open to the public. Guests are welcome to either bring your lunch or purchase it from the Arena.
Dr. Sharon Jean-Philippe, assistant professor of urban forestry, will deliver the first UT Science Forum lecture of the Fall 2015 semester this Friday, Sept. 11. Her talk is “A New Vision for Trees on the University of Tennessee Campus.”
Dr. Jean-Philippe research interests include biogeochemical cycling of elements, carbon sequestration, microbial community dynamics in Tennessee urban forest soils, and, as a member of the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council, is interested in street tree health.
The UT Science Forum, presented by Quest, is a weekly lunch lecture series established in 1933 in order share scientific research with other researchers, students and the public. We meet in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Rooms C-D from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays. Feel free to bring your lunch or purchase it from the Arena Cafe.
We’re gearing up for our Fall 2015 UT Science Forum series, hosted every Friday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Rooms C-D on the campus of the University of Tennessee.
Click here to see the schedule of speakers.
This annual lecture series, presented by Quest, is free and open to the public. If you would like more information about the Forum, please email Amanda Womac.
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Dr. Larry Taylor, professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, will present “30,000 Diamonds in a Rock: Messengers from 100 Miles Deep” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, April 24. This is the final lecture of the UTSF spring 2015 series.
It is rare to find diamonds in their host rock from deep within the Earth. Kimberlite volcanic magmas always break the host rocks apart on their long journey, thereby releasing the diamonds. However, we have a unique piece of the mantle containing more than 30,000 diamonds – all less than 1 millimeter in size–a few dollars total, but of huge value to science!
The Science Forum is a weekly lunch lecture series that takes place in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Rooms C-D from noon to 1 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Dr. David Mandrus, professor and Jerry and Key Henry Endowed Professor of Materials Sciences and Engineering, will present “Discovering New Quantum Materials: The Key Roles of Frustration and Broken Symmetry” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, April 17.
Although new materials are the engine that drives much of condensed matter physics and materials science, the conceptual process by which new materials are discovered is rarely discussed. Mandrus will discuss strategies for finding new materials that advance our basic understanding of matter.
The UT Science Forum is a weekly lunch lecture series that takes place from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena, Rooms C-D. All lectures are free and open to the public.
Dr. Amy Fletcher, associate professor of political science at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, will present “Bringing Back the Woolly Mammoth: De-Extinction and the Paleo-Future” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, April 10.
Can extinct animals be brought back? Should they be brought back? Dr. Fletcher’s talk will cover the debate about the possibility of bringing back the woolly mammoth via advanced biotechnologies. The development of technology to analyze and copy small fragments of ancient DNA has encouraged public and media fascination with the idea of “resurrecting” an extinct species. What are the political and cultural aspects of cloning these ancient species?
The UT Science Forum is a free, weekly lunch lecture series in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Rooms C-D on the University of Tennessee Campus. Each lecture begins at 12 p.m. and ends by 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.