Science Forum News

Public Health Department Head to Discuss John Snow at Science Forum

Paul Campbell Erwin, professor and head of the Department of Public Health, considers John Snow’s cholera investigations one of the foundations of modern epidemiology. He will discuss Snow’s work at this Friday’s Science Forum. The Science Forum is a weekly brown-bag lunch series during which professors and area scientists discuss their research with the general public in a conversational presentation.

ORNL Scientist Explains Electron Microscopy at UT Science Forum

Juan-Carlos Idrobo, research scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and research associate professor at Vanderbilt University, has spent twelve years working in the field of electron microscopy. He’ll be discussing its applications at the Science Forum on March 1. The Science Forum is a weekly brown-bag lunch series that allows professors and area scientists to discuss their research and the general public to learn about science through a conversational presentation.

Paramedic Discusses Fire Service, ‘Hot-Potato Baby’ at Science Forum

Lt. Robby Nix, a critical care paramedic with Rural Metro Fire Department, has seen plenty of interesting things in twenty-six years of work. He will discuss the fire service and tell his stories 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 and the general public to learn about science through a conversational presentation.

Geology Professor to Discuss Her Work with Curiosity Rover at Science Forum

Linda Kah, an associate professor in earth and planetary sciences, has been working with NASA on the Curiosity rover mission to Mars for eight years. She will be discussing the mission at the Science Forum on Friday. Kah will talk about the mission’s goal to assess if any area of Mars is habitable or has been in the past. The presentation begins at noon in Rooms C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Attendees can bring lunch or purchase it at the arena.

Physician to Discuss Healthy Testosterone Levels at Feb. 8 Science Forum

Dr. Thomas C. Namey, professor of medicine and exercise science at UT’s Graduate School of Medicine and physician at UT Medical Center, has spent several years studying the effects of low testosterone levels in men. He will talk about the perceptions and misconceptions of the condition at the Science Forum on Friday, February 8.

Local Business Owner Discusses Making Biomass Fuel at Science Forum

For the past four years, Samuel Weaver and his company, Proton Power, have been developing a system of creating hydrogen from biomass materials. He’ll be discussing that process and its applications at the Science Forum on Friday. Weaver and his company use biomass—any plant-based material, including waste—to create hydrogen at a low cost.

McClung Museum Curator Discusses Near-Extinct Mussels at Science Forum

Alabama lampmussels were considered to be all but extinct when Gerry Dinkins and two other scientists discovered some in the Emory River in Morgan County, Tennessee. Dinkins is curator of malacology, or the study of mollusks, at the Frank H. McClung Museum. He’ll be talking about this discovery at the Science Forum on January 25. The Science Forum is a weekly brown bag lunch series that allows professors and area scientists to share their research with the general public through a conversational presentation.

Professor to Look at History of Photojournalism at Friday’s Science Forum

Rob Heller

Rob Heller has taught photojournalism at UT for nearly thirty years. He’ll be discussing some of the aspects of its history that he finds most significant at the Science Forum on Friday. The Science Forum is a weekly brown-bag lunch series that allows professors and area scientists to discuss their research and the general public to learn about science through a conversational presentation.

Professor Discusses Extinction of Tropical Birds at November 9 Science Forum

Alison Boyer

Alison Boyer, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, has spent the past ten years studying the endangerment and extinction of Pacific island birds. She’ll be discussing her work at the UT Science Forum on Friday, November 9. The weekly presentations begin at noon on Fridays in room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena.