Friday Fun Day
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

Friday Fun Day

After an exciting week of talks, come join us for the final two of the week! This event even has some hands on, interactive sandboxes and electronics to play with if that's something you enjoy. Join us at Bearden Beer Market as we wrap up the festival, and say thank you to everyone that participated and helped make this year happen.

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Quench Your Knowledge Thursday
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Quench Your Knowledge Thursday

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There is an "I" in Excercise

Kelley Strohacker

Exercise: we've all heard the sayings "no pain, no gain", or "just exercise and you'll feel better when you're done". These sayings ignore that, across time, we experience shifts in our mental and physical states and these shifts matter when choosing between a workout and a Netflix binge. My talk will explain why we should care about how we feel before and during exercise. It will also explore how a more flexible, participant-responsive exercise program may help people achieve their goals.

 
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Mining Water on Mars

RASC-ALs at UTK

We will discuss the basics of the competition, the difficulties of designing for space missions, our current design, and lessons learned from the competition last year. Learn how humans may one day get water on Mars!

 
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Extraction of Yttrium for Electronics

Dave DeSimone

If you've ever shaken a bottle of salad dressing and watched it slowly separate, then you'd understand the process of solvent extraction. We mix a water phase with an oil phase to extract trace amounts of metal (yttrium) from the water phase into the oil phase. The yttrium is a valuable metal that has uses in electronics. 

 
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Story Time for Mushrooms and Plastics
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Story Time for Mushrooms and Plastics

One of these is natural and from the Earth, the other is mostly man-made, they both encompass the globe.

Night three of our festival will feature two stories: one about the use of mushrooms in medical uses and their abilities, while the other is a story of how plastics became so popular and revolutionary in the past century.

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Rock Your Socks Off
Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

Rock Your Socks Off

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Using Isotope Chemistry to Unravel the History of North America

Tyler Grambling

The core of the North American continent is over 2.5 billion years old, the bulk of it is over 1.5 billion years old. Deciphering how we got from a series of islands to the 3rd largest landmass on Earth takes a cue from zircon--a minor contributor to most silica-rich rocks, but a major player in Earth history. By examining the ratios of certain isotopes in zircon and applying them to the rock record, we can break down the sequence of events that built the ground under our feet

 
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Role of Nano-materials in the Future of Electronics

Akinola Oyedele

The electronic devices we use today are getting smarter, more efficient and smaller. My talk will focus on the role a new class of material, two-dimensional materials like graphene, will play in revolutionizing the future of nano-electronics. Specifically, I will highlight my recent work on novel 2D palladium diselenide, with unique pentagonal atomic structure, which possesses wide tunable electronic properties and high carrier mobility needed for device applications. 

 
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taste of science Kick Off!
Apr
22
4:00 PM16:00

taste of science Kick Off!

Space! The final frontier

What will it take to get humans there permanently? Where can we go? What can we expect to find? Come join us Sunday afternoon to discuss what tools we need to get water on Mars for colonization and what stress will do to the body.

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Mid-Week Science Hump
Apr
26
6:30 PM18:30

Mid-Week Science Hump

Climate science and nuclear energy are both news hot topics. But is what you hear in the news relevant to the research? Join us tonight to hear from two local scientists as they share their research!Doors will be open at 6:30 PM. We will have food, drinks and chatting with our new friends until 7, when the action begins!

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Lyme, Ticks and Science Oh My
Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

Lyme, Ticks and Science Oh My

Every day can be an adventure, particularly when you live in the blood-sucking south! Join us tonight as we hear from a University of Tennessee scientist discussing the villians of the Southern wilderness. Doors will be open at 6:30 PM. We will have food, drinks and chatting with our new friends until 7, when the action begins! 

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Cure for the Monday Blues
Apr
24
6:30 PM18:30

Cure for the Monday Blues

Are you reading this on your computer or phone? How much battery do you have right now? As we move into the future, how we do find new ways of harnessing and storing energy? Join us tonight to hear from two University of Tennessee scientists researching energy. Doors will be open at 6:30 PM. We will have food, drinks and chatting with our new friends until 7, when the action begins! 

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2017 Festival Kickoff: A Science Smorgasbord
Apr
23
1:00 PM13:00

2017 Festival Kickoff: A Science Smorgasbord

Join us as we kickoff our second amazing year of science here in Knoxville with talks from local ORNL and UTK scientists and a medical physicist from Provision Proton Therapy! As a special treat, this year's kickoff will be a super event with 4 speakers! But not to worry, we will leave plenty of room between for chats with friends, food and drink refills, and exciting discussions about science. 

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