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KNOXVILLE — 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. The program is free and open to the public; attendees are welcome to bring their lunches or purchase lunch at the CafĂ© at the Arena.

“Watersheds act like a complex filter, ordering chaotic signals,” said Gentry. “A basic science approach to understanding water resource behavior in natural systems is critical to evaluating impacts and adaptation scenarios under climate change. The next 50 years will provide decision makers and scientists alike with grand challenges in the area of water resource sustainability.”

The UT Science Forum is a weekly event where academic, medical, and research professionals share their knowledge and unique insights in their fields. Different science topics will be discussed with a question-and-answer session at the end of each 40-minute presentation.

The UT Science Forum is sponsored by the UT Office of Research. Upcoming presentations include:

Nov. 5: John Bell, medical doctor and director of the Cancer Institute at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, presents “Epidemiology of Women’s Cancer.”

Nov 12: Andy Kramer, professor and head of anthropology, presents “Teaching the ‘E’ Word in Tennessee: Student Misconceptions about Evolution.”

Nov 19: Jill Narak, assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery in the College of Veterinary Medicine, presents “Neurologic Exams on Dogs and Cats — Patients Who Can’t Talk.”

For questions about the UT Science Forum, contact Mark Littmann, or 974-8156, or Mike Clark, or 974-6006.

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Whitney Holmes (865-974-5460,