From their hollow bones to the cones in a falcon’s nostrils, the bodies of birds of prey are designed for maximum efficiency in flight, reproduction, hunting, and survival. The final Science Forum of the semester will feature a close-up look at raptors.
Science Forum News
Melissa Allen, postdoctoral researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will focus on what we know—and don’t know—about global warming at this week’s Science Forum.
As the worldwide use of clean energy increases, the need to store it for efficient use grows. Wind and solar energy generation often does not match consumer demand cycles, creating a need for massive energy storage.
Design thinking, an emerging tool of innovation and exploration for all disciplines where future outcomes are at stake, will be discussed at this week’s Science Forum.
John Schwartz, professor of civil and environmental engineering, will look at the difficulties that have resulted from efforts to restore healthy ecosystems impacted by urban development at this week’s Science Forum.
Colin Sumrall, assistant professor of earth and planetary sciences, will look at the transformation of a lineage of small carnivorous dinosaurs into birds and show why we are still living in the age of the dinosaurs. His Science Forum talk, “The Origin of Birds: Did the Age of Dinosaurs Really End?” will be held at noon on Friday, October 9, in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena.
Shannon Mahurin, staff scientist for the Nanomaterials Chemistry Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will discuss issues in water supply and how new materials could improve the desalination process for future needs at this week’s Science Forum. His talk, “Desalination: The Quest for Clean Water,” will be held at noon on Friday, October 2, in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena.
Wanda DeWaard, environmental educator at Earth Kin, will discuss how citizen science can help save the save the monarch at this week’s Science Forum. Her talk, “The Mystery and Magic of Monarch Butterflies,” will be held at noon in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena on Friday, September 25.
Tessa Burch-Smith, assistant professor of biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology, will speak on the topic “Can Anything Good Come Out of Genetically Modified Organisms?” in Friday’s Science Forum to be held at noon in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena.
Sharon Jean-Philippe, an assistant professor of urban forestry, and Sam Adams, UT campus arborist, will present “A New Vision for Trees on the University of Tennessee Campus” at the semester’s first Science Forum at noon on Friday.