Natalie Mong, education director for Upstate Birds of Prey, a nonprofit organization established to assist in the capture, rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned birds of prey, will talk about “The Fascinating Biology of Birds of Prey” at our final UT Science Forum lecture for 2015 Friday, November 20.
Natalie will discuss and show pictures of some amazing traits that make raptors the masters of the sky. From their hollow bones to the cones in a falcon’s nostrils, their bodies are designed for maximum efficiency in flight, reproduction, hunting and survival.
Natalie will bring some of her birds so everyone can see the differences between the wings of daytime and nighttime raptors and the differences in talons based on hunting and survival needs. Toward the close of the presentation, Natalie will present live birds for everyone to view, including Zena, a Red Tail Hawk; AJ, an American Kestrel; Wilson, an Eastern Screech Owl; and a surprise bird…can you guess?
The UT Science Forum is free and open to the public. The 45-minute presentation will begin at 12 p.m. in the Scripps Convergence Lab, 4th Floor of the Communications and Information Sciences Building in Circle Park on the University of Tennessee campus.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch, but please note, there will not be food available to purchase on site because of our change in location.
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Dr. Melissa R. Allen, post-doctoral researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will present “Climate Variability and Change: What Fundamental Science and Modeling Tell Us” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, November 13.
Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe famously stated in 2005 that climate change is “the biggest hoax ever pulled on the entire human population,” and that the climate change debate should be based not on “religion,” but on fundamental principles of science. The consensus among world scientists as of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Fourth Assessment report was that global warming is occurring unequivocally and that the warming is caused by human activity. That report and the subsequent 2014 Fifth Assessment Report support this consensus with a multitude of fundamental studies. Dr. Allen will share some of the scientific principles and methods that inform those studies and discuss the capabilities and limitations of what they tell us about earth’s future.
The 40-minute presentation is followed by an audience Q&A at the UT Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Rooms C-D. Audience members are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the Cafe.
The UT Science Forum is free and open to the public.
Please note: This will be our last meeting in the Arena Cafe for the year. Our final meeting this semester (Friday, Nov. 20) will take place in the UT Visitors Center.
Dr. Matthew Mench, Condra Chair of Excellence professor and head of mechanical, aerospace, & biomedical engineering, will speak on “Where Do We Put All the Renewable Energy?” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, Nov. 6.
As the worldwide use of clean energy increases, the need to store it for efficient use is growing. Wind and solar energy generation does not often match consumer demand cycles, so some form of massive energy storage is needed. This talk will describe the pressing need for grid-level energy storage, as well as some of the challenges and options for achieving the massive levels of storage needed. In particular, the redox flow battery will be described and discussed.
The UT Science Forum begins at 12 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Rooms C-D. Each 45-minute presentation is followed by an audience Q&A. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the Arena Cafe. The forum is free and open to the public.
Dr. David Matthews, associate dean of facilities and technology and professor/chair of interior design will speak on “Design Thinking and Creative Process: How designers approach wicked problems” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, October 30.
As stated by Herbert Simons, “Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones.” This presentation will outline a universal, multi-disciplanary, design process that outlines how designers change existing conditions into preferred outcomes. Rooted in the traditions of architecture, Design Thinking is emerging as a tool of innovation and exploration for all disciplines where future outcomes are at stake.
The UT Science Forum begins at 12 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Rooms C-D. Each 40-minute presentation is followed by a Q&A session. Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the Arena.
The Forum is free and open to the public.
Dr. John Schwartz, associate professor of civil & environmental engineering, will speak on “Restoring Urban Streams: What Is ‘Natural’?” at the next UT Science Forum, Friday, Oct. 23.
Streams in urban watersheds are affected by rain running off streets and parking lots. Storms cause higher and longer flows in streams, leading to more erosion in places. Urban stream channels have been straightened, shifted for development, and armored with concrete or rip-rap rock to limit erosion. These changes greatly impact aquatic life and water quality. What can be done? And what is “natural” in streams that can’t be returned to a former “pristine” condition? We’ll explore the current practice and challenges of creek restoration and University of Tennessee research to restore urban streams.
The UT Science Forum begins at 12 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Rooms C-D. The 40-minute presentation is followed by a Q&A session. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the Cafe.
The Science Forum is free and open to the public.
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.