Sept 10, 2012 Sergey Gavrilets spoke on “The evolution of monogamy”. He is UTK Distinguished Professor
of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics.
He told how he uses mathematical models aiming to describe/explain maintenance of genetic variation in natural populations, The human brain uses 40% of the body energy (at least for some people?). Being
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September 17 Mariappan Parans Paranthaman ,a
distinguished scientist and a leader of the Materials Chemistry Group of the Chemical Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, described the problems associated with lithium batteries The ingenuity shown in electrode development is remarkable.
September 24 Dr. Jenny Retherford, P.E described her study entitled “Reliability Analysis for Flexible Pavement Design”. The design of highways is done using complex equations with many variables and she found with her research that the reliability of
the equations is good.
Dr. Retherford is teaching the senior design class at UT this semester and she is looking for local engineers to come to the class.