August 2015 Technical Society Programs

28 Jul

The Technical Society will not meet on August 24 but will tour Cherokee Farms on August 27, 2015.

August 27 (Thursday): Visit of Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus. We are meeting at 12 noon at the site. Coming from Knoxville on the Alcoa Highway take a right turn just after the Tennessee River bridge. Nauru Our host will be Cliff Hawks, President and CEO, Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus.
(35degrees 56′ 33.32″N    83degrees 57′ 8.87″W)

On August 31, 2015 Jennifer Tyrell will be the speaker. Her topic will be “The Tennessee Science Bowl.” The 2015 Tennessee Science Bowl needs volunteers for the event on Saturday 2/28, 2016.  Jennifer Tyrell is the new event coordinator and is open to working with and recognizing the existence and relevancy of organizations to the event. The 2015 Tennessee Science Bowl (TSB), a regional competition sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), will need volunteers to serve as moderators, scientific judges, rules judges, scorekeepers, timekeepers, runners, civility award judges, and to help with volunteer registration and crowd control on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at the Blount County Campus of Pellissippi State Community College in Friendsville. Volunteers will also be needed to help with team registration and crowd control on February 27, 2015, at the Hilton Knoxville Airport in Alcoa.

 Jennifer is a Sub Contractor- Project Manager at ORAU.

  Jack NeelyContributing Editor at the new  Knoxville Mercury will be the Technical Society of Knoxville speaker on August 3, 2015. He served as associate editor at Metro Pulse for much of its existence, but as author of the weekly column Secret History he has become one of Knoxville’s most popular writers and its unofficial historian. Beyond his column, he is well known for his thoughtful, well-researched, and provocative pieces of long-form journalism, not to mention his books, speeches, and other public appearances. Plus, he’s the director of the Knoxville History Project.

His father, John Neely , an industrial engineer who worked in management at Rohm & Haas  was a member of the Technical Society of Knoxville.

August 10, 2015,TBA

 Soren Sorensen’s talk on the topic  “What everything is made of” has been rescheduled to september 21, 2015.

 Dr. Soren Sorensen is a  Professor at University of Tennessee and  head of the UT Department of Physics and Astronomy. He has been at UT since January 1985.

Dr. Sorensen, professor of experimental nuclear physics and program manager for the USA ALICE collaboration, leads UT’s ALICE (Large Ion Collider Experiment) team.  He is investigating the properties of nuclear matter at high densities and temperatures with special emphasis on detecting the Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP), which is a postulated new phase of nuclear matter where quarks and gluons are deconfined over a large volume. The Large Hadron Collider at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, Switzerland, is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. The ALICE research team studies matter as it existed immediately after the Big Bang.  UT’s involvement is a great opportunity for selected students – an intensive hands-on experience in an atmosphere of global collaboration.

Dr. Sorensen was educated in Københavns Universitet, Niels Bohr Institutet.  (This is probably not an East Tennessee school).

On August 17, 2015,  Harold Black will speak on “The crisis of 2008, the Fed, and its consequences.”

Harold A. Black is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Black, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ohio State University. He lectures, consults and publishes extensively in the areas of financial institutions and the monetary system. His articles have appeared in publications such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Journal of Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Financial Research and the Journal of Monetary Economics. His consulting clients include SunTrust Bank, Chrysler Financial Corporation, National Bank of Commerce, National Credit Union Administration, Branch Banking and Trust Company, and the Mortgage Bankers of America.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee, he served on the faculties of American University, Howard University, the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and the University of Florida. His government service includes being Deputy Director, Department of Economic Research and Analysis, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and Board Member, National Credit Union Administration. He has served as a Director and Chairman of the Nashville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Among his honors, he is recipient of the Department of Treasury’s Special Achievement Award, the National Urban League’s Outstanding Service Award, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Georgia’s College of Business Administration, the National Credit Union Administration’s Exceptional Service Award, and the Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Black was awarded the 2001 John B. Ross Teaching Award for excellence in teaching and is listed in Who’s Who Among Black Americans and Who’s Who Worldwide. Dr. Black writes an occasional article for the Knoxville News Sentinel and blogs at

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