Atomic Bombs, World War II Discussed at Today’s Science Forum

A former UT professor will discuss the global events leading up to the Manhattan Project, the research project that produced the first atomic bombs in World War II, at today’s Science Forum.

Ted Lundy, retired professor of metallurgy, will speak on “The Manhattan Project: How Did It Begin?” His talk begins at noon in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena.

The UT Science Forum is a weekly lunch-time series that allows professors and area scientists to discuss their research with the general public in a conversational presentation.

Free and open to the public, each Science Forum consists of a forty-minute presentation followed by a question-and-answer session. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch or purchase it at the café in Thompson-Boling Arena. The Science Forum is sponsored by the UT Office of Research and Quest, an initiative to raise awareness of the research, scholarship, and creative activity happening on campus.

Lundy will talk about the scientific advancements leading up the Manhattan Project. He will emphasize key decisions throughout the evolution of engineering that affected the development of atomic weapons used against the Japanese to end World War II.

Lundy obtained his master’s degree and doctorate degrees in metallurgical engineering from UT. He is the former director of Tennessee Technological University’s Center for Manufacturing Research

The weekly Science Forum continues throughout the semester:

September 19—Claus Daniel, deputy director of ORNL’s transportation program, will speak on “Electrification of Transportation: Cost and Opportunities.”

September 26—Sarah Colby, assistant professor of nutrition, will talk about “Getting Fruved! Changing Behavior, Changing the World, and Improving Health.”

October 3—Caroline Grabber, research nurse at Vanderbilt University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will discuss “Emerging Infections: Old Germs, New Problems.”

October 10—Joan Rentsch, professor of communication studies, will talk about “Communicating to Build Knowledge in Decision-Making Teams.”

October 24—Philip Enquist, UT-ORNL Chair for High Performance Energy Practices in Urban Environments, will speak on “Higher Density Living with Higher Quality of Life.”

October 31—Stefan Spanier, professor of physics, will talk on “Searching for New Forces with the Large Hadron Collider.”

November 7—Omer Onar, Alvin M. Weinberg Fellow at ORNL, will discuss “Electric Vehicles without Plugging In.”

November 14—Tim Isbel, Anderson County Commissioner, will speak on “A Vision for Rocky Top’s Coal Creek Miners Museum.”

November 21—Steven Ripp, research associate professor at the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, will talk about “Catch of the Day: Tiny Zebrafish in the Big Pharmaceutical Pond.”

For more about the UT Science Forum, visit the website.

C O N T A C T :

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