Oct. 3: TJ Blasing spoke on climate change. He joined the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) in the Environmental Data Science and Systems group in 2001 and has since been
investigating causes of the changing concentrations of aerosols and trace gases and the consequent effects on climate and the biosphere.
Oct 10 :(Columbus Day): We toured the new STEM academy , which is in the L&N Terminal building and ate at the school for lunch. It is a very impressive school and the equipment is outstanding.
Oct 17: Josh Emery from UTK Planetary Science spoke about the OSIRIS-REX asteroid mission. (Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer)- acronyms are taking over the language! He has been involved in the design parameters for this satellite and he described how the satellite will sample an asteroid and return to earth with the sample.
Oct 24: Dr. Chris Cherry of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville spoke on transportation. One of his research interests is transportation needs of rapidly developing countries-specifically China. He is setting up electric bicycles for transportation on the UT campus and he came from UT on a Chinese electric bicycle. Which he brought to the room.
Oct 31: Patricia Davis-Wiley spoke with enthusiasm on Cyber Communication to teach English as a second language. She is a UTK professor who is currently teaching a graduate class on how to teach English as a second language at UT and she is teaching Koreans to speak English as a second language. She uses “Skype” to let her two classes interact with each other . Skype is a FREE software application that allows users to make voice and video calls and chat over the Internet.