Pregame Showcase: Microbiology Professor to Discuss Water Quality

Steven WilhelmMicrobiology professor Steven Wilhelm will talk about water quality at Saturday’s Pregame Showcase, prior to the Vols football game against Missouri.

His presentation, “Protecting Our Water Resources: A Microbiologist’s Perspective,” will examine the world’s declining water quality. It begins at 10:21 a.m.—exactly two hours before kickoff—in the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center Room 213.

Free and open to the public, each showcase features a thirty-minute presentation followed by a fifteen-minute question-and-answer session. A brief reception will be held immediately following each program. Door prizes will be awarded.

Wilhelm, who has done research in the US, Canada, China, and New Zealand, will talk about how new tools in molecular biology, limnology (the study of inland waters), and oceanography are helping scientists understand how natural water systems work and how to better protect water, our most valuable natural resource.

“I am going to focus on our efforts to develop an understanding of why we lose water quality,” Wilhelm said.

The last Pregame Showcase will be on November 24. Jay Rubenstein, history professor, former Rhodes Scholar and 2007 recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, will explain how apocalyptic thought motivated the Crusaders and why this history is relevant to the modern world in his presentation “Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse.”

The Pregame Showcase is supported by WUOT 91.9 FM, the Office of Alumni Affairs and UT Athletics. For more information, visit the showcase’s website.

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034, ablakely@utk.edu)

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