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KNOXVILLE – Alan Heilman has been photographing plants for almost 70 years.

At the end of second grade, Heilman’s teacher gave him a small pot of soil and sunflower seeds that grew to be eight feet tall over the summer, which amazed him. In high school, Heilman used a microscope in his biology class, became fascinated by the details and strived to capture that close-up approach with photography.

Heilman, professor emeritus of botany, will be discussing “Looking and Seeing – 60 Years Photographing Plants” at the UT Science Forum on March 25 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.

“People look at things, but they don’t see them,” Heilman said. “Photography has slowed me down. I see a lot more because I’m not in a hurry.”

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:

April 1: Tami H. Wyatt, associate professor of nursing, presents “Enginurse: A New Breed of Nurse and Engineer Scholar.”

April 8: Gary Pulsinelli, associate professor of law, presents “Muggles vs. Goblins: Who Should Own Creative Property?”

April 15: Dr. Mitchell H. Goldman, assistant dean for research; professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery in the UT Graduate School of Medicine, presents, “Research at UT’s Graduate School of Medicine.”

April 29: Kristina Gordon, associate professor of psychology, presents “Shattered Relationships: Understanding Betrayal and Forgiveness in Intimate Relationships.”

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

C O N T A C T:

Whitney Holmes (865-974-5460,