August 6, 2012 Dr. Terry Hazen of UTK Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, “Can Mother Nature Take a Punch: The Deepwater Horizon Incident”
Dr. Hazen’s area of specialty is environmental microbiology, especially as it relates to bioremediation, water quality and bioenergy. He recently led groundbreaking research about how the giant clouds of oil from the Deepwater Gulf spill seemed to disappear. His team identified oil-eating bacteria that proliferated below the ocean surface helping to break down and clean up the oil plume.
Dr. Hazen was named the tenth University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair and serves as the Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology. The Governor’s Chair program, funded by the state of Tennessee and ORNL, attracts top scientists to enhance the unique research partnership that exists between the state’s flagship university and the nation’s largest multi-program laboratory.
On August 13, 2012 the speaker will be Dr. Boyce N. Driskell.He is Director and Research Professor at UT’s Archaeological Research Laboratory. He is a Registered Professional Archaeologist and a Certified ARPA Investigator.
His research interests include cultural resource management, lithic technology (including microscopic usewear analysis), basketry technology, Southeastern U.S. archaeology, Ohio Valley archaeology, and Near Eastern archaeology, primarily the Nile Valley.
He was the first to excavate Dust Cave, a Paleoindian archaeology site located in northern Alabama. It is in the Highland Rim in the limestone bluffs that overlook Coffee Slough, a tributary of the Tennessee River. The site was occupied during the Pleistocene and early Holocene eras. The cave was first discovered in 1984 . (I, Bob Scott, think Alabama is a site where prehistoric attitudes can still be found.)
The August 20, 2012 speaker will be Dr. J. Wesley Hines, Postelle Professor and Head of Nuclear Engineering, The University of Tennessee Nuclear Engineering Department.
In addition to teaching Nuclear Engineering classes, Dr. Hines teaches classes in Applied Artificial Intelligence to students from all departments in the college of engineering. He is involved in several research projects where he uses his experience in modeling and simulation, instrumentation and control, applied artificial intelligence, and surveillance & diagnostics in applying artificial intelligence methodologies to solve practical engineering problems. These problems include sensor calibration monitoring, fault
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detection and isolation, inferential sensing and prediction. Dr. Hines is also the College of Engineering Extended Education Coordinator.
On August 27, 2012 Ray Smith from BWY-12 will speak on the history of the Y-12 facility.
Ray Smith, Y-12 National Security Complex historian, has a passion for explaining the plant’s history and has been named Anderson County United Way Volunteer of the Year. He published a series of articles, printed in the Oak Ridge Observer, beginning in June 2007 and continuing into early March 2009. More recently as part of the series “Oak Ridge Treasure, National Resource” published by The Oak Ridger, he provided richly detailed stories about Y-12 evolving missions over the past 60 years.