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From September 6, 2004, News-Sentinel
Experts answer your burning questions at Science Forum
By News Sentinel Staff
Trying to make sense of the Bowl Championship Series computations?
Wondering if hemlock trees in the Great Smoky Mountains can be saved and whether attack beetles can stem the wooly adelgid invasion?
Curious about your level of risk when you encounter second-hand cigarette smoke at a restaurant or a party?
Better consult an expert. Or attend a presentation of the University of Tennessee Science Forum, which enters its 71st year with a varied schedule of speakers.
The group meets at noon Fridays during the fall and spring semester in Thompson-Boling Arena.
The presentations last about 45 minutes, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session. Programs are held in arena dining rooms C and D and are free and open to the public. Guests are invited to bring their lunches or purchase them from the cafeteria.
"It delights me that leading-edge researchers are willing to make time in their crowded schedules to speak to us," said Mark Littmann, forum organizer and UT professor of journalism and astronomy. "Almost no one declines.
"A lot of remarkable research goes on at UT and in the community at large, with the Smoky Mountains, UT-Battelle and TVA. The Science Forum helps those who are interested in the sciences to keep up with what is going on."
Speakers will use layman's terms as they discuss issues in their fields of expertise.
The UT Science Forum is funded by the UT Office of Research and is augmented by a gift from the UT Department of Physics and Astronomy.
The fall 2004 Science Forum schedule is:
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