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Fall 2015 Forum Schedule Posted

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 to Deliver Final Lecture for Spring: “30,000 Diamonds in a Rock”

BK2637Dr. 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.

Discovering New Quantum Materials Topic for April 17

quantum-materials-david-mandrusDr. 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.

De-Extinction and the Paleo-Future Topic for Next Science Forum

wolly-mammoth-amy-fletcherDr. 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.

No Meeting April 3

The UT Science Forum will not meet Friday, April 3 as UT is closed for Spring Recess.

We will pick back up next Friday, April 10 with Dr. Amy Fletcher’s talk, “Bringing Back the Willy Mammoth: De-extinction and the Paleo Future.”

Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness Topic for March 27 Science Forum Lecture

Carol Evans, executive director of the Legacy Parks Foundation, will present “Doing What Comes Naturally: Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness” at the next UT Science Forum presentation Friday, March 27.

Knoxville has unparalleled recreational and natural assets in the heart of the city. Learn about Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness and all of the recreational, economic and scientific benefits it has to offer.

The UT Science Forum is a free, weekly lecture series and takes place in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Rooms C-D from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday that UT is in session. Each 40-minute presentation is followed by a Q&A.

Please note, this is a rescheduled date for the lecture. The original in February was cancelled due to the ice storm.

Spring Break March 13 and 20

ut-science-forum-spreing-breakThe UT Science Forum will not meet Friday, March 13 nor Friday, March 20 because of spring break.

We will resume Friday, March 27 with Carol Evans, executive director of the Legacy Parks Foundation, who will present “Doing What Comes Naturally: Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness.”

Nuclear Power for Deep-Space Missions March 6

David Dixon, graduate teaching associate in nuclear engineering, will present “Nuclear Power for Deep-Space Missions” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, March 6.

Dixon conceived and led the development of the DUFF experiment–the first to produce electricity for long-endurance space missions that used nuclear fission, heat pipes and Stirling engines.  It went from concept to operation in only 6 months. In his presentation, Dixon will discuss why and how he and his colleagues developed the experiment and more recent developments in the Kilopower program.

The presentation will take place in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Rooms C-D from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and includes a Q&A session afterwards. The UT Science Forum is free and open to the public.

Atoms Have Feelings Too Topic for February 27

atoms-takeshi-egamiDr. Takeshi Egami, UT-ORNL Distinguished Professor/Scientist in the Department of Materials Sciences and Engineering, and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Director of the Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences will present “Atoms Have Feelings Too: How They Suffer and Get Frustrated in Liquids and Solids” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, February 27.

Egami pioneered the development of new techniques to determine the atomic structure and motion of atoms in solids.

The UT Science Forum is weekly lunch lecture series that takes place in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Rooms C-D. Each lecture begins at 12 p.m. and is followed by a Q&A session. The event is free and open to the public.

Feb. 20 Science Forum CANCELLED Due to Weather

snow-day-cancellationThe UT Science Forum is cancelled this Friday, Feb. 20 due to the snow and potential for harsh winter weather. Our speaker, Carol Evans, will join us March 27.

We will resume our regular meeting at 12 p.m. Friday, February 27 with Dr. Takeshi Egami who will present “Atoms Have Feelings Too: How They Suffer and Get Frustrated in Liquids and Solids.”

The UT Science Forum is a weekly lunch lecture series that takes place in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Rooms C-D and is free and open to the public.

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