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Asteroid Impacts: Knowledge Is Power, Friday, October 19

Amy Mainzer, senior research scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will present “Asteroid Impacts: Knowledge Is Power” Friday, October 19.

Asteroids and comets have impacted the Earth over the course of its history. By studying these objects, we can learn about how our solar system came to be and we can better understand the potential for future impacts.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, October 19 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe (located at 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way), Room A.

Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the arena. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to the public.

We have temporary parking passes available for our guests who do not have UT parking passes. An RSVP is required for the pass. To request a pass, please email Amanda Womac. If you would like to receive a permit by US mail in advance of the meeting, please send an email before 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 16  and include your mailing address.

Healing Wounds – How Animals Can Help Our Soldiers, Friday, October 12

Major Taylor Opel, veterinarian in the United States Army, will present “Healing Wounds—How Animals Can Help Our Soldiers” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, October 12.

The use of therapy animals has gained in popularity in civilian facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. The military is beginning to see the benefit of these programs for use in soldier physical and mental rehabilitation. Opel studied the human-animal bond while at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville completing her Master of Public Health degree and is using this knowledge to make changes to military policy and culture and to develop and implement therapy-animal programs in military facilities.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, October 12 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe (located at 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way), Room A.

Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the arena. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to the public.

We have temporary parking passes available for our guests who do not have UT parking passes. An RSVP is required for the pass. To request a pass, please email Amanda Womac. If you would like to receive a permit by US mail in advance of the meeting, please send an email before 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 9  and include your mailing address.

UT Fall Break October 5, No Lecture

Friday, October 5 is fall break at UT. We, too, are taking a break.

We will resume our lecture Friday, October 12 with Major Taylor Opel, DVM, MPH in the United States Army, who will present “Healing Wounds: How animals can help our soldiers.”

If you would like to request a parking permit for October 12, please send your mailing address to Amanda Womac by 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 9.

Towers to Discuss Opiate Drug Use During Pregnancy Friday, September 28

Craig Towers, professor of maternal-fetal medicine and vice chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, will present “Opiate Drug Use During Pregnancy” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, September 28.

The epidemic of opiate addiction afflicting the United States today includes a tragic number of pregnant women.  In his talk, Towers will discuss opiate addiction and drug use during pregnancy and cover the number of cases; how these women came to use opiate drugs; the problems they face during prenatal care; and the risks and benefits of detoxification off of opiate drugs during the course of the pregnancy.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, September 28 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Room A (located at 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way). Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the Arena. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to the public

We have temporary parking passes available for our guests who do not have UT parking passes. An RSVP is required for the pass. To request a pass, please email Amanda Womac. If you would like to receive a permit by US mail in advance of the meeting, please send an email before 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25  and include your mailing address.

“Rising from the Ashes: Gatlinburg Fire and Plant Recovery” Topic for Friday, September 21

Mali Hubert, a doctoral student in the UT Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, will present “Rising from the Ashes: The Gatlinburg Fire and Plant Recovery” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, September 21.

Fire is one of the most powerful disturbances of natural ecosystems because it can reshape communities. In the southern Appalachian region of the United States, fires are a re-emerging, yet still largely historical dimension of the landscape, illustrated by the persistence of fire-dependent species. While many aspects of wildfire effects have been elucidated in the western United States, effects of wildfire in the eastern United States remain unclear. Wildfire disturbances in the southern Appalachians are considered rare, so opportunities to study fire effects are limited and gaps exist in our knowledge of the ecological outcomes of large wildfires in the region.

Hubert is investigating understory plant communities affected by the 2016 Chimney Tops 2 fire at 20 plot sites in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to determine vegetation successional stages as the landscape recovers from fire, as well as the susceptibility of site locations to species dominance over time. The data collected from this study will help to establish how the plant communities in southern Appalachian Mountains respond to fire events in the face of a warming planet where wildfires are becoming an increasing occurrence.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, September 21 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Room A (located at 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way). Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the Arena. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to the public

We have temporary parking passes available for our guests who do not have UT parking passes. An RSVP is required for the pass. To request a pass, please email Amanda Womac. If you would like to receive a permit by US mail in advance of the meeting, please send an email before 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18  and include your mailing address.

Explore the Universe with Nature’s Ghost Particles at the next Science Forum Friday, September 14

Jason Newby, staff physicist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will present “Neutrinos: Exploring the Universe with Nature’s Ghost Particles” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, September 14.

Neutrinos are one of nature’s most fascinating fundamental particles. They are known to have mass, but so little that we have yet to measure it, and interacting with matter so weakly that they pass through planets unimpeded. Understanding these particles may hold the key to unraveling how matter won out over antimatter in the evolution of our universe and how many of the key elements of life are formed and dispersed in spectacular stellar explosions.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, September 14 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Room A (located at 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way). Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the Arena. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to the public

We have temporary parking passes available for our guests who do not have UT parking passes. An RSVP is required for the pass. To request a pass, please email Amanda Womac. If you would like to receive a permit by US mail in advance of the meeting, please send an email before 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 and include your mailing address.

Science Forum Fall Lecture Series Kicks Off with The Ultimate Frontier of Nanotechnology

Hans Christen, director of the Neutron Scattering Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will present “One Atom at a Time: The Ultimate Frontier of Nanotechnology” Friday, September 7. This is the first lecture in the fall 2018 Science Forum lecture series.

Scientists now have the ability to see individual atoms within a material, watch what they do, and even place an individual atom precisely where they want it. In his presentation, Christen will explore what scientists can learn from watching and manipulating individual atoms, what they will do with this ability, and what nanoscience is and where it is going.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, September 7 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Room A (located at 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way). Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the Arena. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to the public

We have temporary parking passes available for our guests who do not have UT parking passes. An RSVP is required for the pass. To request a pass, please email Amanda Womac.

Fall 2018 Lecture Series Begins September 7

We are excited to announce our fall 2018 lecture series begins Friday, September 7, with Hans Christen, director of the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at ORNL, who will present “One Atom at a Time: The Ultimate Frontier of Nanotechnology.”

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, Sept. 7 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe (located at 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way), Room A.

Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the arena. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to the public.

We have temporary parking passes available for our guests who do not have UT parking passes. An RSVP is required for the pass. To request a pass, please email Amanda Womac.

Speaker Suggestions

We are working on the UT Science Forum schedule for the 2018-19 academic year. If you have an idea for a speaker, we want to know about it.

Please submit your speaker and/or topic suggestion here

We will not guarantee that we will choose the speaker or topic, we will take it under consideration.

Thank you!

Local Motors Representatives to Discuss 3-D Printing of Self-Driving Vehicles and Custom Cars Friday, April 27

Representatives from Local Motors Knoxville will present “Creating Self-Driving Vehicles and Custom Cars by 3-D Printing” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, April 27.

Their first “built from scratch” microfactory offers an inside look at Direct Digital Manufacturing and 3-D Printing. A state of the art team of engineers specializes in materials science and research. The Local Motors team is paving the way for new materials and usages in the automotive industry, heavily focused on 3-D printing materials. Brad Rutherford, vice president of sales, and Greg Haye, microfactory manager, will share more about the Tennessee microfactory and Local Motors Knoxville.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, April 27 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe (located at 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way), Room A.

Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the arena. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to the public.

We have temporary parking passes available for our guests who do not have UT parking passes. An RSVP is required for the pass. To request a pass, please email Amanda Womac.

PLEASE NOTE: This will be the final presentation for the spring semester. We will resume our weekly schedule in the fall.

 

 

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