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Don Goldstein, paleontology researcher, will present “How Can Florida’s Geological Past Help Us Prepare for the Future?” 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.

Florida has been partially covered by the sea repeatedly during the past two million years. As this occurs, researchers look for patterns and distribution of the fossil materials that floods leave behind to predict where future flooding may occur. During his presentation, Goldstein will share maps of past coverage and maps that predict future coverage. In addition, he will discuss various means of adapting to the possible geological changes in South Florida.

Here’s list of future Science Forums:

  • 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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