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The science behind food safety myths, clean groundwater and electricity producing microbes

  • Hexagon Brewing Company 1002 Dutch Valley Dr ste 101 Knoxville, TN 37918 (map)

Lauren Hudson

I am a postdoc researcher in the Food Science Dept. at UTIA and focus on genomics of food borne bacterial pathogens like Salmonella

I love cats, beer, and SEC football

Busting Food Safety Myths

There are many myths and common misconceptions about food safety. I plan to discuss a few of these and set the record straight.


Andrew Putt

Current PhD student at UTK where I study the ultramicro- microbial dark matter found in contaminated aquifers as a means of investigating the fate and transport of contaminants and genetic material in groundwater systems.

Drink of Choice is a glass of wine (any kind) or coffee!

Cleaning Groundwater where size really does matter!

Ever scrubbed a stain from your carpet? Then you know how annoying spills can be. Unfortunately there is no magic stain stick for uranium and nitric acid spills that alter groundwater chemistry, biology, and flow patterns allowing them to persist for hundreds of years. However, this study of incredibly small ultramicrobacteria is shedding new light and understanding into how these highly active small cells may influence contaminant movement and be stimulated by the addition of nutrients.


Scott Satinover

I study devices that turn trash into electricity. When I'm not doing research or talking about it, you can find me writing columns, practicing yoga, or drinking stouts.

One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure: Using Microbes to Make Energy

Much of the waste produced in this country has an incredible amount of untapped energy. We haven't really been able to harvest energy from a lot of them until recently. Now, scientists have realized they can use devices, known as bioelectrochemical systems, to convert these wastes into electricity, hydrogen, and chemicals. This talk will go over the history, fundamentals, and current status of these devices, outlining some of the problems currently being researched.

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