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Theresa LeeTheresa M. Lee, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of psychology, will present “Tick Tock: Sleep Across the Lifespan and the Role of the Internal Clock” on Friday during this week’s Science Forum.

The Science Forum is a weekly brown-bag lunch series that allows professors and area scientists to discuss their research with the general public in a conversational presentation.

The presentations begin at noon on Fridays in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Attendees can bring lunch or purchase it at the arena. Each presentation is forty minutes long and is followed by a question-and-answer session. Science Forum presentations are free and open to the public.

Lee will provide background on the biology of sleep control and describe some research from humans and other species that helps explain the variation within a lifetime of sleep and what is “normal.”

Here’s list of future Science Forums:

  • Friday, February 28: Don Goldstein, paleontology researcher, discussing “How Can Florida’s Geological Past Help Us Prepare for the Future?”
  • Friday, March 7: Marcy J. Souza, assistant professor of biomedical and diagnostic sciences, discussing “Epidemics of Less Glamorous Wildlife: What Can We Do to Stop Them?”
  • Friday, March 28: Stan Wullschleger, project director of Next-Generation Ecosystems Experiments—Arctic at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, presenting “Arctic Alaska: Wild, Wonderful and Warming”
  • Friday, April 4: Steven Wise, associate professor of mathematics, presenting “Simulations for Solutions: Solving Problems Through Scientific Computing”
  • Friday, April 11: Stacy Clark, research forester for the US Forest Service, discussing “American Chestnut Restoration: Can We Bring Back the Mighty Giant?”
  • Friday, April 25: Pete Claussen, founder and CEO of Gulf and Ohio Railways Inc. and Knoxville Locomotive Works, discussing “Green Locomotives”

The Science Forum is sponsored by the UT Office of Research and Quest, an initiative to raise awareness of the research, scholarship, and creative activity happening on campus.

For more information, visit the Science Forum website.

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