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Scott Schlarbaum Presents “Why We Should Domesticate Hardwood Trees in Tennessee” Friday, October 27

Scott E. Schlarbaum, professor in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries and director of the UT Tree Improvement Program will present “Why We Should Domesticate Hardwood Trees in Tennessee” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, October 27.

Hardwood forests dominate the rural landscape in Tennessee and provide many values for Tennesseans and visitors to Tennessee. Common species, such as white oak and yellow-poplar, have been routinely harvested from public and private lands for use as wood products for several centuries. Despite the importance of hardwood species, very little effort has been expended on domestication. Professor Schlarbaum will explore the importance of natural resources to past civilizations, discuss the first footsteps toward hardwood domestication in the state, and show how domestication will help with future challenges to Tennessee’s hardwood forests.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, October 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. To receive one by US mail, please send an email before 9 a.m. Tuesday, October 24 and include your mailing address. To pick one up Friday, please email at least 24 hours in advance.

Forbes Walker to Discuss Agriculture Adapting to Climate Change Friday, October 20

Forbes Walker, associate professor of biosystems engineering and soil science and an extension environment soil specialist at the UT Institute of Agriculture, will present “More Droughts and More Floods: Agriculture Adapting to Climate Change” Friday, October 20.

Forbes directs a US Department of Agriculture-funded project focused on increasing the resilience of agricultural production in the Tennessee and Cumberland River Basins by adapting land management practices to climate-related changes in water availability and growing conditions. Forbes will discuss the research, which is focused on modeling changes in farm economics, hydrology, flooding, and water use for irrigation under current and future climate-change scenarios.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, October 20 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. Please email Amanda Womac for more details.

UT President Emeritus Jan Simek to Discuss “The Oldest Cave Paintings in America” October 13

UT President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Jan Simek will present “The Oldest Cave Paintings in America” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, October 13.

Native American people in Southeast North America were among the few people in the world to use caves extensively to produce cave art. This practice began perhaps 6,000 years ago and continued until the European contact period. From the beginning, the art was linked to religion and ideas about the order of the cosmos.  In his presentation, Simek will discuss this art, new approaches to it, and the current state of our knowledge.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, October 13 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. Please email Amanda Womac for more details.

“How Did the Big Bang Create Matter?” is topic for Friday, Sept. 29

Vince Cianciolo, neutron physics group leader at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will present “How Did the Big Bang Create Matter?” at the UT Science Forum Friday, September 29.

According to theory, matter should not exist. Yet it does. In his lecture, Cianciolo shares that the secret to understanding this mystery may be revealed by high-precision measurements by the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, September 29 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. Please email Amanda Womac for more details.

“Want Happier People and a Healthier Planet? Go Outside!” is topic for September 22

Jennifer Jones, president and CEO of the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, will present: “Want Happier People and a Healthier Planet? Go Outside!” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, September 22.

Learning in nature and hands-on science are proven to provide health benefits, increase student interest in school, raise test scores, enhance civic responsibility, cultivate leadership, and build community. So why aren’t we doing more of it? In her presentation, Jones will discuss the importance of experiential learning in environmental and social sustainability.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, September 22 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. Please email Amanda Womac for more details.

Revolutionizing the Fuel Efficiency of Commercial Aircraft Topic for September 15

Stephanie TerMaath, assistant professor in the Tickle College of Engineering Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, will present “Revolutionizing the Fuel Efficiency of Commercial Aircraft” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, September 15.

NASA awarded a $9.9 million grant to a team of researchers led by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to develop an ultra-efficient commercial aircraft wing that is expected to reduce fuel consumption by 70 percent. This new wing design is known as a slotted natural-laminar-flow airfoil and will reshape aviation by improving flight dynamics, communications, speed, and propulsion. In her presentation, TerMaath will provide an overview of this project and the principles behind this new design.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, September 15 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. Please email Amanda Womac for more details.

Science Forum Kicks Off with “The Future of Energy from Crops” Friday, September 8

Joseph Bozell, professor in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries at the UT Institute of Agriculture will present “The Future of Energy from Crops” Friday, September 8.

The interest in using corn, switchgrass, and other renewable sources of carbon for production of chemicals and fuels remains high, but is being challenged by access to unexpected and cheap sources of nonrenewable oil and gas. By mirroring the petrochemical industry and producing both chemicals and fuels, the biorefinery may have the opportunity to be an equal partner in providing high-value materials to the economy of the United States.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, September 8 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. Please email Amanda Womac for more details.

Fall 2017 Science Forum Kicks Off September 8

We are finalizing our speaker schedule for the fall line-up and will kick off our fall 2017 lecture series Friday, September 8 at 12 p.m. with “The Future of Energy from Crops,” presented by Professor Joseph Bozell from the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries at UT Institute of Agriculture.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the remodel of the Thompson Boling Arena Cafe over the summer, we have moved to Room A, which is the room immediately to the right when you enter the cafe.

We have parking permits available for individuals without a UT parking permit. If you would like to reserve a permit, please email Amanda Womac or call 865-974-2992.

The UT Science Forum is a weekly lecture series presented on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. We meet from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thompson Boling Arena Cafe, Room A. Guests are welcome to bring their lunch or purchase it from the Arena. Presentations are 35 to 40 minutes long and a Q&A session immediately follows.

If you have questions or want additional information, please contact us by email.

Jonsson will discuss deadly hantaviruses Friday, April 28

Collen Jonsson, Beaman Distinguished Professor in the Department of Microbiology, will present “Making Sense of Virus Evolution—The Unsolved Puzzle of Deadly Hantaviruses” Friday, April 28 at 12 p.m.

Summer is on the horizon. As people prepare for increased outdoor activities, they need to be aware of a rare but deadly virus that is spread through mouse droppings. The severe respiratory illness known as hantavirus pulmonary syndrome kills up to 40 percent of people who become infected. In her talk, Professor Jonsson will discuss the hantavirus and the mystery that comes with it. She will define the genetic determinants and mechanisms that facilitate the spread of the hantavirus within its rodent reservoir in nature.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, April 28 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe (located at 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way), Rooms C-D.

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.

Additionally, this year, we have temporary parking passes available for our guests who do not have UT parking passes. An RSVP is required for the pass. Please email Amanda Womac for more details.

Please note: This is the final Science Forum of the Spring 2017 semester.

 

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