Technical Society Programs for May 2015

03 May

May 4: Wrap-up of the April 30, 2015 working Breakfast at Rothchild’s and strategy discussion. The Technical Society is proposing that it take on a role as a coordinating society for the area technically oriented societies and this discussion will help point the way for the future of the society.

May 11: Dr. Al Hazari, UT “How to interest youth in science.” Dr Hazari is a showman and this should be an interesting program.

Dr. Al Hazari is Director of the Undergraduate Chemistry Labs at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Hazari’s quest to enhance science appreciation has included a regular schedule of public outreach activities ranging from classroom visits and teacher training workshops to special programs for teenage girls, Scouts, underprivileged children and senior citizens. His goal is to inspire students to become inquisitive about science instead of fearing or dreading it.

A native of Lebanon, he received a B. S. degree in Chemistry from the American University in Cairo in 1968. He holds an M.S. degree in Chemistry (1972) from Youngstown State University and a Ph. D. in Science Education (1997) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Hazari is a very active American Chemical Society (ACS) member.

May 11 afternoon:

The Technical Society of Knoxville (TSK)  has organized a tour of  the new Knox County Career Magnet Academy in Strawberry Plains (  on May 11, 2015 from 4:45 to 5:30. Please let Walter Wunderlich know if you wish to participate so he can have a count for the tour (   Members of other area technical societies are invited as space allows.

The school is in the former Phillips/Magnavox building along with a branch of Pellissippi State and it is a unique educational establishment (7171 Strawberry Plains Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914).

May 18: Dr. Don Byerly, Professor Emeritus in the UT Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, will be the speaker. He has written a book entitled “The Last Billion Years: A Geologic History of Tennessee” Dr. Byerly is one of the country’s leading geologists in the study of the Appalachian Mountains. He taught at UT Knoxville for 43 years before retiring in 2000. He received his bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster and a master’s degree

and doctorate from UT Knoxville. He has published numerous papers and reports dealing principally with engineering and environmental geology.

He is a founding member of the Tennessee Earth Science Teachers, he is the recipient of the 1999 Neil Minor Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, the 1999 Tennessee Science Teachers Association’s Distinguished Service Award, and the Tennessee Conservation League’s 2000 Z. Carter Patten Award for distinctive service to the cause of conservation.

He and his wife were caught in the integration of the Clinton High School in 1956. She was a teacher in the school and he was a temporary deputy protecting the courthouse.

May 25: Memorial Day – no meeting


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