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A multitude of fundamental scientific studies show that global warming is occurring and that it is caused by human activity.

Yet this is a subject of much debate.

Melissa Allen, postdoctoral researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will focus on what we know—and don’t know—about global warming at this week’s Science Forum. She will look at some of the scientific principles and methods used in those studies and talk about what they can tell us about the earth’s future.

Her talk, “Climate Variability and Change: What Fundamental Science and Modeling Tell Us,” will be held at noon on Friday, November 13, in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena.

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.

Free and open to the public, each Science Forum consists of a fourty-minute presentation followed by a Q-and-A session. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch or purchase it at the cafe in Thompson-Boling Arena. The Science Forum is sponsored by the UT Office of Research and Engagement and Quest, an initiative to raise awareness of the research, scholarship, and creative activity happening on campus.

Allen earned both her master’s in environmental engineering and doctoral degree in energy science from UT. Her work with scientists at both ORNL and UT has included global modeling and analysis of atmospheric species transport, statistical and dynamical downscaling of various climate model output, analysis of direct and indirect effects of climate change on electricity demand, and consideration of climate change issues that impact cities and their critical infrastructure.

This semester’s final Science Forum will be held on November 20. It will feature Natalie Mong, education director for Upstate Birds of Prey, presenting “The Fascinating Biology of Birds of Prey.”



Amy Blakely (865-974-5034, ablakely@utk.edu)