UT Science Forum News

Scientist Discusses Earth’s Homogenization at Science Forum

Michael McKinney, director of the UT Environmental Studies and Sustainability Program and professor of earth and planetary sciences, will present “Homogenizing the Planet: What to Do About It?” on Friday, February 7, during this week’s Science Forum.

Digestible Science: UT Science Forum Weekly Brown Bag Talks Begin Friday

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For seventy-nine years now UT’s Science Forum has brought cutting-edge science to a level understood by everyone. This semester’s lineup of forum programs begins at noon on Friday, February 3, with a presentation by Flora Meilleur, assistant professor of biochemistry at North Carolina State University. Her presentation, “Neutrons for Biology and Bioenergy,” will cover research she is currently doing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

UT Science Forum: Professor Discusses Creative Property and Harry Potter

According to Bill Weasley, a wizard in J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” “All goblin-made objects are, in goblin eyes, rightfully theirs.” Gary Pulsinelli, associate professor of law, uses this fictional scene as a metaphor for real-life creative property law issues. Pulsinelli will be speaking on “Muggles vs. Goblins: Who Should Own Creative Property?” at noon on April 8 in Thompson-Boling Arena Dining Room C-D at UT Knoxville.

UT Science Forum: Professor Discusses Bioactive Nutrients, Prostate Cancer

Researchers and physicians are not saying eating broccoli can prevent or treat cancer, but they have found a link between bioactive nutrients from plants and advanced prostate cancer. Jay Whelan, professor and head of the nutrition department, will speak as part of the UT Science Forum on “Will Eating an Extra Serving of Broccoli Help Prostate Cancer?” at noon on Feb. 25 in Thompson-Boling Arena Dining Room C-D.

UT Science Forum: Professor Discusses Food Terrorism

Sharon Thompson, director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness and professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, will speak at the UT Science Forum addressing “The Potential for Food Terrorism” on February 18 at noon in Thompson-Boling Arena Dining Room C-D. The program is free and open to the public; attendees are welcome to bring their lunches or purchase lunch at the Café at the Arena.

UT Science Forum: Professors Discusses Water Sustainability

Do we comprehend the fragility of our water systems? Randall Gentry, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and the director of the Institute for Secure and Sustainable Environment, will speak at the UT Science Forum about the pressures on the earth’s water resources. His lecture, “Water Resources and Sustainability Science,” will begin at noon on Friday, Oct. 29, in Thompson-Boling Arena Dining Room C-D.

UT Science Forum: Governor’s Chair Speaks About Smart Electrical Grids

Yilu Liu, an electrical engineering professor in the College of Engineering and UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s fourth Governor’s Chair, will speak at the UT Science Forum on Friday, Oct. 22, on her research to develop the next generation of electrical power grids.

UT Science Forum: UT Professor Speaks About Declining Songbird Populations

David Buehler, professor of wildlife science in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, will speak at this week’s UT Science Forum lecture on two species of migrant songbirds with declining populations. His talk “Tennessee’s Warblers, Jewels of the Forest – Why They Are Vanishing” will begin at noon on Friday, Oct. 15, in Thompson-Boling Arena Dining Room C-D.

UT Science Forum: Lenhart Works to Improve CPR

As the final installment of the Science Forum, Suzanne Lenhart, professor of mathematics at the UT Knoxville, will explain how mathematical theory can be applied to both improve CPR and slow the spread of rabies in raccoons. Her talk — “The Power of Optimal Control: From Confining Rabies to Improving CPR”– will begin at noon on Friday, April 30, in Thompson-Boling Arena Dining Room C-D.