Science Forum News

McClung Museum Curator Discusses Near-Extinct Mussels at Science Forum

Alabama lampmussels—once thought to be extinct—are the topic of discussion at this week’s Science Forum. Gerry Dinkins, of the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, will present “Rediscovery of the Nearly Extinct Alabama Lampmussel in the Emory River” on Friday, November 1. The presentation will begin at noon in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Attendees can bring lunch or purchase it at the arena.

City of Knoxville Urban Forester to Speak at Science Forum

Kasey Krouse, Knoxville’s first urban forester, will talk about the strategies have been used to improve the city’s tree canopy at Friday’s Science Forum. The Science Forum is a weekly brown-bag lunch series that allows professors and area scientists to discuss their research with the general public in a conversational presentation. It begins at noon on Friday in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena.

Expert on 3D Printing and Manufacturing to Present at Science Forum

The technology of 3D printing and manufacturing is the topic of the continuing Science Forum series. Chad Duty, group leader of Deposition Science and Technology Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will present “3D Printing: The Next Generation of Manufacturing” Friday, October 11.

Expert on American Chestnut Restoration to Present at Science Forum

The challenges facing the return of the American chestnut (Castanea dentata) will be discussed at the UT Science Forum, noon Friday in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Stacy Clark, a research forester with the US Forest Service, will present “American Chestnut Restoration: Can We Bring Back the Mighty Giant?”

World-Renowned Mars Expert to Present at Science Forum

The asteroid Vesta and the Dawn mission that uncovered its mysteries will be the topic of Friday’s Science Forum. Hap McSween, Chancellor’s Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, will present “Exploring the Asteroid Vesta: NASA’s Dawn Mission.” The presentation begins at noon in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Attendees can bring lunch or purchase it at the arena.

Expert on Antarctic Ecosystems to Present at Science Forum

The interactions between microbes and their environments, specifically in Antarctica, will be discussed at UT’s continuing Science Forum. Jill Mikucki, assistant professor of microbiology, will present “Antarctica: Exploring Ecosystems Below Half a Mile of Ice,” on Friday, September 20. The lecture begins at noon in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Attendees can bring lunch or purchase it at the arena.

Architecture Professors to Present on Solar House at Science Forum

Living Light, the solar house built for the 2011 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, will be the topic of the second Science Forum of the semester. Amy Howard, architect and director of development, and James Rose, adjunct assistant professor and interim director of the Institute for Smart Structures, will present “The UT Solar House—A Prototype for Zero-Energy Living,” on Friday, September 13.

Expert on Scientific Misconduct Kicks Off Fall Semester Science Forums

The growing trend of falsified and plagiarized research will be the topic Friday at the first Science Forum of the fall semester. Neal Stewart, professor and Racheff Chair of Excellence in plant molecular genetics, will present “Scientific Misconduct: Is It Getting Worse?”

Markel to Discuss Knoxville Civil War Archaeology at Science Forum

Archaeologists from the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture have recently explored two local Civil War sites. Joan Markel, curator of Civil War exhibits at the museum, will discuss the exploration and their findings Friday at the final UT Science Forum of the semester. The presentation begins at noon on in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Attendees can bring lunch or purchase it at the arena.

Burr to Discuss Saturn Moon Findings at Science Forum on April 19

Devon Burr, assistant professor of earth and planetary science, has been publishing papers about NASA’s mission to Titan, a moon of Saturn, since 2006. She will be discussing some of the mission’s findings at the Science Forum on April 19.