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This week’s Science Forum at UT will look at alternative transportation energy sources and innovations.

Claus Daniel, deputy director of the Sustainable Transportation program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will talk on “Electrification of Transportation: Cost and Opportunities.” His discussion begins at noon on Friday, September 19, in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena.

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

Free and open to the public, each Science Forum consists of a forty-minute presentation followed by a question-and-answer session. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch or purchase it at the café in Thompson-Boling Arena. 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.

Daniel will talk about new energy advancements in the automotive industry and the need to develop more energy-efficient technologies. His talk will showcase one specific money-saving accomplishment in batteries for electric cars.

In addition to his work at ORNL, Daniel holds a joint faculty appointment with UT’s Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education. His research focuses on the development of advanced energy storage systems. Daniel holds master’s degrees from Saarland University and the Lorraine National Polytechnic Institute. He obtained his doctorate from Saarland University in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research.

The weekly Science Forum continues throughout the semester:

September 26—Sarah Colby, assistant professor of nutrition at UT, will talk about “Getting Fruved! Changing Behavior, Changing the World, and Improving Health.”

October 3—Caroline Grabber, research nurse at Vanderbilt University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will discuss “Emerging Infections: Old Germs, New Problems.”

October 10—Joan Rentsch, UT professor of communication studies, will talk about “Communicating to Build Knowledge in Decision-Making Teams.”

October 24—Philip Enquist, UT-ORNL Chair for High Performance Energy Practices in Urban Environments, will speak on “Higher Density Living with Higher Quality of Life.”

October 31—Stefan Spanier, professor of physics, will talk on “Searching for New Forces with the Large Hadron Collider.”

November 7—Omer Onar, Alvin M. Weinberg Fellow at ORNL, will discuss “Electric Vehicles without Plugging In.”

November. 14—Tim Isbel, Anderson County Commissioner, will speak on “A Vision for Rocky Top’s Coal Creek Miners Museum.”

Nov. 21—Steven Ripp, research associate professor at the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, will talk about “Catch of the Day: Tiny Zebrafish in the Big Pharmaceutical Pond.”

For more about the UT Science Forum, visit

C O N T A C T :

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