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?”
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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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
Stephanie Drumheller-Horton, lecturer in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, helped make an interesting discovery in a dinosaur fossil earlier this year. She will be discussing her research at the Science Forum at noon on Friday, April 12, in Dining Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena.
Tom Bogart, president of Maryville College and economics professor there, will be speaking at Friday’s Science Forum. Bogart has written two books on urban economics and economic policy and co-authored a book on green energy. The Science Forum is a weekly brown-bag lunch series that allows professors and area scientists to share their research with the general public in a conversational presentation.
Richard Evans, a UT research consultant, will discuss the Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center’s Gas and Oil Research Initiative at the Science Forum on Friday. He is filling in for Kevin Hoyt, who was originally slated to give the presentation. Evans is the former director of the Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center and the UT Arboretum. He is now retired, but assists with the Gas and Oil Research Initiative.