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Schedule of Speakers

Fall 2015

Interested in speaking or know someone you would like to recommend? Please contact Mark Littmann, Program Chair, by email or call 865-974-8156.

Date Speaker
Friday, September 11 A New Vision for Trees on the University of Tennessee Campus

Presentation by Dr. Sharon Jean-Philippe, Assistant Professor of Urban Forestry

Friday, September 18 Can Anything Good Come Out of GMOs?

Presentation by Dr. Tessa Burch-Smith, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Cellular & Molecular Biology


Friday, September 25 The Mystery and Magic of Monarch Butterflies

Presentation by Wanda DeWaard, Environmental Educator, Earth Kin

Friday, October 2 Desalination: The Quest for Clean Water

Presentation by Dr. Shannon Mahurin, Staff Scientist, Nanomaterials Chemistry Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Friday, October 9 The Origin of Birds: Did the Age of Dinosaurs Really End?

Presentation by Dr. Colin Sumrall, Assistant Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Friday, October 16 No Meeting - Fall Break

The UT Science Forum will not meet this week due to UT’s fall break.

Friday, October 23 Restoring Urban Streams: What Is 'Natural'?

Presentation by Dr. John Schwartz, Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Friday, October 30 Design Thinking and Creative Process: How Designers Approach Wicked Problems and Engage the Future

Presentation by Dr. David Matthews, Professor, Chair of Interior Design, UT College of Architecture and Design

Friday, November 6 Where Do We Put All the Renewable Energy?

Presentation by Dr. Matthew Mench, Condra Chair of Excellence Professor & Head of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical Engineering

Friday, November 13 Climate Variability and Change: What Fundamental Science and Modeling Tell Us

Presentation by Dr. Melissa R. Allen, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Friday, November 20 TBA

Presentation by Natalie Mong, Education Director, Upstate Birds of Prey

Friday, November 27 No Meeting - Thanksgiving Break

The UT Science Forum will not meet today due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

To see a list of speakers from the past, visit the Previous Speakers page.

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